St Albani of Anglican Church in Lilongwe will early October this year hold a one day youth Conference under the theme ‘ Bring me out of prison’ which will be held at the church’s premises at Mtandire in Lilongwe.
The conference is targeting primary and secondary school learners from Standard 6 up to form 4 from all denominations around Mtandire and Mtsiliza.
The Church Catechist, Jonas Chisonga said the church elders decided to organize the conference after discussing with other church members on the need to help the youth around Mtandire and Mtsiliza mould their future.
Chisonga said this came about after observing that the youth in Mtandire are engaged in wrong behaviors like alcohol consumption, smoking and prostitution among others.
“We sat down with parents and other church elders after observing that our children are engaged in these and various wrong behaviors. It is like they are in prison but they do not realize it, hence the theme ‘Bring me out of prison’ derived from Psalm 142 vs7 in The Holy Bible.
“Also, we realized that these children do not know the reasons why they are sent to school. So to mould them to be productive citizens in future, we have decided to gather them and share them our experiences and also to pray with them,” said Chisonga.
Chisonga added that when the children are sent to school and mix with their friends, they easily copy other people’s bad behaviors and end up not doing well in class and subsequently spoil their future.
“When our children mix with friends at school, it is easy for them to copy negative behaviors from their peers which at the end spoils their future. The conference will help these children refrain from wrong doings because the church wants these youth to stand on their vision and achieve their goals,” he said.
Confirming the program, Joyce Mlotha a long serving member of St Albani prayer house said it is a welcome idea for the church to organise such a youth conference, saying children from the area would benefit a lot from the same.
“Our children are not behaving well these days especially here in Mtandire. I thank the church for coming up with this idea, and I hope our children will benefit a lot from the conference,” said Mlotha.
Apart from prayers and counseling, learners will also perform songs, dramas, poems and dances among others to spice up the occasion.
The Anglican Church in Mtandire has a long and humble history. It was started by six members in the 1960s but now has more than 700 members. This is the first time for the church to hold a youth Conference of this nature.
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