The second annual Jesus-centred Evangel Encounter was held on Sunday November 12 at Presentation College, San Fernando. Hundreds of children and youth, members of Evangel clubs and some Confirmation candidates participated in a programme that opened with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, by pannist Emmanuel Joseph of Arima. He inspired the youths with other musical pieces during the day.
The youth were led in lively praise and worship by Judith Booker and the St Anthony’s RC, Point Fortin young adult choir during the morning prayer. The morning prayer was led by a Hardbargain representative, and Kirrena Hills and Terrell Sucre from Vessigny Government Secondary.
The Evangel Club of St Dominic’s RC Primary, Penal did inspiring movements and prayer in honour of our Lady of Fatima. Marlene Emanis, Colleen Guevaro and Charlene Mohammed, leaders of the Evangel Ministry, guided and encouraged the youth.
Evangel Director Mary Baptiste did the teaching based on Matthew 14:24–33. She was supported by two actors. The youth were inspired to cry out to Jesus in their experiences of painful challenges that could affect their lives and families. An interactive session of naming these challenges and bringing them to Jesus followed. The youth were moved “to take courage” and “not be afraid” but be open to experience Jesus’ love and power as the Son of God.
After the talk, primary school aged children enjoyed visiting booths focused on activities showcasing the pillars of Evangel—Prayer, Fellowship, Evangelisation, Discipleship and the Arts. Meanwhile, those attending secondary schools participated fully in workshops highlighting human sexuality, pornography, overcoming violence and bullying.
Fun activities and lunch were followed by a concert; singers from Point Fortin RC Primary and dancers from Caratal RC Primary delighted the crowd.
The healing session was led by Karen Modeste and Michael Joseph (Arima) and inspiring music from the team of Tracey Clarke, Josiah Duprey and Nicholas Duprey of Sangre Grande. The prayer for healing of each child was done by adults from Southern parishes.
The evening ended with dancing and thanksgiving for parents, teachers and supporters of the Evangel Ministry for a wonderful encounter in the south.
– Zion RC Community