Pearl Parker's Ministry to children

By Victor Laptiste

Pearl Parker began her ministry to children in 1965. The early groundings of her mother – Iris Parker who ensured that she and her siblings were taught the Word at daily devotions, Sunday school, Church, Camps and other activities made an indelible impression on her mind.

This dedicated Christian Education Teacher who has taught thousands of children from the Scriptures for more than forty-six years continues her mission with a zeal and passion that would be difficult to match.

She devotes much resources, spends hours in preparation of the lessons, research of information, sourcing of materials and teaching aids. One of the Outreach Projects of the Calder Hall Weslyan- Holiness Church, where she is Sunday School Superintendent, is the organization of a Sunday School Caravan. The Team with the blessing of the Pastor has been to Bagatelle then to the Calder Hall Basketball Courts and now they are at Darrel Spring.

On Sunday afternoons between 4 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. when many others are relaxing she can be found at locations like these, in homes or other suitable accommodation teaching the Word, songs, Scripture memory verses and helping to contribute to the moral and spiritual development of our children. During the year Programmes are organized for Mothers Day, Fathers Day and at Christmastime.

One of the highlights of her activities is the annual Daily Vacation Bible School which is usually held for ten days during vacation time in the second and third week of July.

Between 9.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. approximately 150 children stream into the sanctuary at Calder Hall from all parts of Tobago for a range of wholesome activities. The day begins with prayer in the full assembly followed by songs then Bible lessons in the individual classes. Different teaching aids are utilized such as flannel graphs, flash cards, sing-along cassettes or multi-media projector. There is also time for the children to display their creativity when they produce various handicraft items.

Towards the end of the DVBS the children are taken on an outing to some of the interesting sites around the island or even to factories and historical sites in Trinidad. On the final day parents are invited to a Programme when the various classes sing, recite, display the various craft items, listen to a message, receive certificates and enjoy refreshments.

Her ministry also extends to the primary schools where she conducts sessions in Religious Instruction each week at four schools in various locations during the first period of the day from Monday to Thursday.

Over the years she has been involved in various aspects of Child Evangelism through Good News Clubs, CYC, Rallies, Quizzes, Camps, and Junior Choirs. Teacher Pearl has touched the lives of many of our youths and many have testified of the tremendous impact of her teachings. Some of them have moved on to be workers in the church involved in different areas of ministry.

A Teacher at one of our secondary schools remarked: "You do not know what Sunday School has done for my life'. Teacher Pearl says:"The satisfaction that I get knowing that they have the Word of God and that some of them have come to know the Lord."

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Canadian said on Friday, Mar 23 at 2:39 PM

Showers of blessings for you. God bless you miss Parker.

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