TULSA – The North American Division (NAD) Children’s Ministries Department celebrated its annual Children’s Sabbath on Oct. 3, 2020. Many of the Oklahoma churches planned programs or had an emphasis on children that Sabbath. A few churches even gave the children opportunities to share sermons from their pulpit.
On that Sabbath, the Oklahoma Conference Children’s Ministries Department organized a couple of special children’s outdoor programs with emphasis on participating as a family.
Tulsa area leaders Debbie Childress, Damaris Prieto and Glenda Sweezey worked together to host the event on the grounds of Tulsa Adventist Academy, while in Oklahoma City, Norma Shepherd, Cinthia Portanova and Yesenia Ortega organized the event at the Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner. Both locations had about 100 attendees, which included mostly children and their parents.
Both locations offered crafts, Bible games, activities and prizes for both children and adults (sponsored by the NAD and Southwestern Union). Samson Sambeba and Daniel Ortega shared fun, spiritual messages of encouragement.
For many of the kids this was the first time having any kind of in-person interaction with other kids their age since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though there were limitations and restrictions in an effort to keep everyone safe, just being in the outdoors with their friends and family was a blessing for all who attended.
By Yesenia Ortega
Children’s Ministries Coordinator