No one can deny that young people are potential leaders of our world and of course in our churches .The Youth department of the “Seventh day Adventist church of Eau–Coulée ” plays an active part in sharing the difficult tasks of the church.
The Youth department can be classified into 3 different classes,
The history of this department goes up to the beginning of the church’s history. At the first beginning during the 40-50s,the young people decided that they also had a role to play in the Adventist movement.. Their aim was to share the good news of the gospel and to make others aware of the return of Jesus-Christ .
Among the first young leaders we can find
Who are the ‘Pathfinders’ and what is the aim of this branch of
the youth department ?
The club of the Pathfinders “ Club J.A”(Jeunesse Adventist) is mainly concerned to promote the spirit of adventures amongst the young. This program consists of much more than outdoor activities, nature’s discovery and craft work .The club of Pathfinders has shown its influence to bring souls to Jesus.
PROMISE OF A “J.A”
LAW ABIDE BY A “J.A”
are the mentioned activities of the Pathfinders club: “ Camp's meeting,
Bible study, nature’s exploration, fairs, Bicycle riding and much more passionate
adventures.” The pathfinder is bound by the rules of the organisation: ‘LA
LOI EST MA DEVISE.’ The club rewards each member by a badge after an examination.
Qualifications: these following qualifications promotes the spirit of kindness
and responsibility. Those badges are wore on the left sleeve:
Specialisations: there are plenty of these specialisations and they are meant to develop human qualities, craft works, athletic performances and spiritual gifts. ‘Master guide’- the responsible of the club is named by the church after having shown leadership aptitudes. Although forming part of the youth committee, this person also forms of the church committee. Actually, this department has about seven Master guide.
The youth Adventist society is a church department by which the
church works for the youth and by the youth. Here are the objectives proposed
by Ellen White:
To be able to reach such aims, the young people are invited to:
In order to help young people to develop good skills in every field
of life, our department has created such activities:
“PRAISE YE THE LORD.PRAISE YE THE LORD FROM THE HEAVENS: PRAISE
HIM IN THE HEIGHTS” PSALMS 149 VERSE 1.
The church of Eau – Coulée also has a musical department consisting of mostly young people .The Director is obviously a musician and plays a vital role in choosing the singers. The songs are in French, English and Creole .In almost every special occasion, the director chooses a spiritual song, of course. The style of music differs from classic to modern according to the solemnity of the occasion. There are many musicians playing different musical instruments such as Classical guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, flute, violin, etc…Some musicians have special formation from “Le Conservatoire François Mitterand ”. After having seen several facets of the role of the youth department of Eau-Coulée, its time to consider the history of both the local and national youth department.