El­e­va­tion Church holds vir­tual con­fer­ences for tod­dlers, teenagers

Business Day (Nigeria) - - NEWS - JOHN SEYI SALAU

Anon-de­nom­i­na­tional Chris­tian min­istry, The El­e­va­tion Church (TEC), is set to equip teenagers with req­ui­site skills and ca­pac­ity through its an­nual teen con­fer­ence, ‘Nav­i­gate’.

Themed “STAND,” this year’s con­fer­ence is free, solely on­line and kicked off on Satur­day, Au­gust 1, at 4pm with a pre-con­fer­ence on­line party. The main con­fer­ence, com­pris­ing ple­nar­ies, is­sue-based break­out ses­sions, par­ents’ break­out ses­sions and over 18 vo­ca­tional skills classes such as graph­ics de­sign, bak­ing, mu­sic pro­duc­tion, writ­ing, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, French for be­gin­ners, web de­sign, an­i­ma­tion, entreprene­urship and many more, holds 4pm each day from Au­gust, Satur­day 8 to Satur­day 29, and there­after cul­mi­nate on Sun­day Au­gust 30. Reg­is­tra­tion and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained at www.el­e­va­tionng.org/nav­i­gate.

Sim­i­larly, chil­dren 12 years and younger are not left out as TEC has put to­gether a vir­tual Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School (VBS), which runs from Au­gust, Wed­nes­day 5 to 7, from 10am to 1pm daily. This edi­tion is themed “Break­out: Es­cape from Or­di­nary to Ex­tra­or­di­nary” and teaches chil­dren solid Chris­tian prin­ci­ples to guide them through life and aims for ex­cel­lence in ev­ery­thing they do. This is also a free event and par­ents can reg­is­ter their wards at www.el­e­va­tionng.org/vbs.

Ac­cord­ing to God­man Akin­labi, lead pas­tor/founder of TEC, “The global pan­demic – COVID-19 – has been a ma­jor dis­rup­tor for ev­ery­one re­gard­less of age. For the younger gen­er­a­tion, we have par­tic­u­larly ob­served dis­rup­tion in school­work, exams and other pro­gres­sive plans; hol­i­days for some, and work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers.”

He points out that the pro­grammes set aside for the Nav­i­gate Con­fer­ence have been specif­i­cally de­signed to man­age some of these chal­lenges.

“The pro­grammes will help har­ness their in­ner strengths, build new skills, stand for pos­i­tive in­flu­ence and be change agents in their re­spec­tive spa­ces. They are also some of the ways the church has con­tin­ued to keep alive our com­mit­ment to make pos­i­tive so­cial im­pact across all de­mo­graph­ics, de­spite the on­go­ing pan­demic,” he says.

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