OLS Altar Servers organise mini sports
7 September 2014
By Aaron Lim
Children love games! Through games, one can learn many things and keep our bodies healthy at the same time. Thus, the Altar Servers Society of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows (City Parish) organized a mini sports on July 15 for the children of LH Bright Sparks centre in the newly blessed Catholic Pastoral Centre (located in SFX Church grounds
Almost 40 children participated in the event. Care Coordinator for Bright Sparks, Margaret Yoong began by thanking the OLS Altar Servers Society for their generous outreach and contribution, and to all volunteers for taking time off to be with the children. The children were all excited and they eagerly waited for the games to begin.
A tele match was held at a small field behind the centre, also Musical Chairs and Chopsticks Game. The hazy weather on that day did not dampen the spirits of the children. Instead, they played happily and at the same time, they cheered their friends and were very supportive of the programme. This demonstrates the teamwork and friendship among them.
A football match was also organized for the boys. Still reeling from the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Brazil, they played an excellent game with many goals scored. The girls adjourned indoors where they drew posters on the importance of recycling to save our planet. Recycling can also help reduce waste and produce new products as well.
The mini sports ended with a fellowship lunch provided by The Lighthouse. The children went home having learnt many living skills, which included caring for others and enhancing their leadership abilities. The altar servers too expressed their joy and thankfulness for being able to carry out this outreach programme. This event would not have been successful without the support of Fr Nelson Chitty (parish priest) and The Lighthouse.
LH Bright Sparks is a learning and support centre of the Children’s Ministry of The Lighthouse. It is a project of the Penang Office for Human Development (POHD), the social arm of the Catholic Church of Penang, reaching out to the children from poor, underprivileged backgrounds. POHD hopes for more youth groups to volunteer and organize fun activities to interact with the children.