KANUNGU- The Bishop of Diocese of Kinkizi Rt Rev Dan Zoreka has called upon parents to find enough time to be with their children in order to bring them as responsible Christians and citizens.
Bishop Zoreka made the remarks October 30th 2020, while officiating at the closure of one day training on Positive Parenting that was held at St Peter’s Cathedral Nyakatare in Kanungu Town Council.
The training workshop was organized by the Province of the Church of Uganda Directorate of Education and Children Ministry in conjunction with the Diocese of Kinkizi and was aimed at imparting knowledge to participants on the children upbringing with Christian values.
The Bishop noted that parenting is an all round responsibility for parents which needs care and patience in order to realise good results.
“Parenting is a call to appreciate that the Almighty God has given us a responsibility to bring up children with Christian values who can become responsible human beings” Bishop Zoreka said.
The Bishop reiterated that every child must be born, loved and protected in order for him or her to live life to its fullest.
He condemned some parents who have turned into wolves to the extent of defiling their own biological children which he said was a shameful act.
Bishop Zoreka therefore, cautioned the parents that due to the current technology, they should take more interest into their children’s daily activities so that they can help them overcome challenges associated with modern technology.
According to the Coordinator of Children Ministry Programs in the Church of Uganda, Rev Richard M. Rukundo who was the main facilitator at the training, it was aiming at equipping church leaders with knowledge and skills to impart same knowledge to Christians so that they can bring up responsible children.
“We are aiming at building a strong centered ministry through planning and supporting children focused activities in the 37 Dioceses of the Church of Uganda” Rev Rukundo said.
He said that the Directorate of Education and Children’s Ministry will train and equip teachers, church leaders and parents in schools with knowledge and skills for teaching young people for Christian’s holistic living.
The participants were taken through several modules that focused on guiding them how best they can talk to children.
“We shall set policy guidelines and publish curriculum for children’s ministry use in schools, homes and churches” Rev Rukundo said.
Rev Rukundo said that training which will cover the entire Province of the Church of Uganda was rolled out on 7th October 2020, and out of 37 Dioceses across the country 6 Dioceses have been covered.
Bishop Zoreka later launched the Guidebook for Clergy, Children’s Leaders, Parents and Caregivers on Positive Parenting which guides them to ensure that it gives every child opportunity to excel in life.
Speaking at the sidelines of the Workshop, the Head of Youth Desk at the Diocese of Kinkizi Bannet Owishemwe said that the participants received a strong massage which will be taken to all churches in the Diocese.
The workshop guided the participants on how to mobilise church leaders on how to make follow up on issues facing the children like early child marriages, violence, abuse and neglect so that they can be supported to overcome the challenges and live a fruitful life.
The training was attended by selected Diocesan staff, Archdeacons, Mother’s Union Leaders and youth drawn from all over the Diocese.
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