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The Young Ones

By Lydia Teh

Currently there is a pool of 21 teachers in the Sunday School, half of whom are below 30 years old and one-third above 50. This is a refreshing change as a few years ago the middle-aged teachers formed the majority.

These young teachers used to be Sunday School students themselves. I am not sure at what age they started attending Sunday School but I can speak with certainty for my own children. Yen Nee who is now serving as the Sunday School secretary, attended cradle roll from the age of one month as did her three siblings.

Our young ones have grown and are able to serve in various capacities in church. The Vacation Bible School (VBS) which took place last month was well coordinated by this new generation of teachers. They worked together with the youths who organised the Youth Enrichment Seminar (YES) which was held concurrently. Both teams did a fantastic job!

Unlike in the past, this VBS saw the older ones taking a back seat. We were there to support and do our part, but the bulk of the work was handled by the young ones who distributed the responsibilities among themselves.

These young ones have risen and are putting 1 Timothy 4 into practice:

12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”

Keep on, keeping on, dear sisters. For the young ones who have yet to rise and serve, what is holding you back?

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Note: Special thanks to Jaslyn (she was recuperating from an op but she did the groundwork), Joelyn and Jaelyn, Kris and Yen Nee for coordinating the VBS as well as Catherine, Lee Hua, Jenny, Annie, Mandy, Win Win, Huey Li, Esther and Simon Wong (the only thorn among the roses) for teaching.

Bio: Sis Lydia Teh is the Sunday School supervisor. She has been teaching in Sunday School since she was 16 years old.

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