Ministering to the Children

Creative Approaches From the Oklahoma Conference
July 19, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – The current world situation did not slow down the commitment of the Oklahoma Conference Youth and Children’s Ministry department to the children and youth of this wonderful Conference. Activities had to be cancelled, but others took their place. 

Children’s Ministry used this time to encourage families to spend quality time together. We hosted online activities to help families that have felt isolated feel connected with their church and conference family. One Junior, Primary and Kindergarten activity challenge included an art contest around a specific theme. The children sent a picture of their artwork to the Children’s Ministry Facebook page. We had 33 children participate in this activity! We have many talented, creative children!

We also posted Sabbath School lesson ideas to help parents teach their children at home. Daniel Ortega, youth director, held an online interactive Bible game (using Kahoot!) every Sabbath evening. While it was intended for the older youth, there were many younger ones that wanted to participate.  So he set a separate time for the younger kids to play. What fun! Twenty five young people participated. 

The youth department also hosted an online vespers service with family participants from around the conference. No matter the circumstances, we are committed to the children and young people of this conference. Please continue to pray for us as we minister to and pray for the families, that they can use this time to draw closer to each other and our heavenly Father.

By Norma Shepherd