Seeking to boost attendance, National Church of God in The Bahamas co-founder and administrator, Mattie Hanna, of the local church and her husband, Bishop Raymond Hanna, Sr. are encouraging early registration for the upcoming Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Summer Youth Camp.
Speaking with this daily recently, Mrs. Hanna noted that due to the drop in church membership, the number of youngsters attending VBS and Summer Camp has decreased. “We have had up to 200 children enrolled in one setting,” she said.
This year, the sessions are scheduled for Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We would like to have early registration on June 28 and June 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our church located on the main road Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama,” she said.
Mrs. Hanna said that she and her husband have been in Christian ministry for over 50 years and in the Holmes Rock area for about 43 years.
“We have served this settlement’s youth most of our youthful years and it has been a pleasure to do so,” she added.
Mrs. Hanna noted that the couple felt the passion and need to have tangible activities for the young people of Grand Bahama, with a vision to further reach the outer islands.
She revealed that the Summer Program was launched with only a handful of members 10 years ago.
“Our daughters and goddaughter facilitate and communicate information to all concerned. We feed the children and families free breakfast and lunch for five days, free transport pick-up and drop-off,” she said.
She added that the children also receive free school supplies and personal care packages along with mentoring, guidance, encouragement and wholesome recreational activities.
The curriculum includes lessons in biblical impartation, confidence, gratitude, honesty, respect for others, responsibility, table etiquette occasional educational tours for Grades Pre-K to 12 and adults.
Mrs. Hanna noted that volunteers are needed and for more information persons can contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.