Another Church launches Faith-Based Project

Monday, October 13, 2014 3:39 PM - George's, Grenada
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Another Church launches its Faith-Based Project with funding from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs.

On Thursday October 2nd the Grenville New Testament Church of God unveiled their music program. The church used the funding from the Ministry, to purchase guitars and drum sticks, to provide music lessons to youth in the community of Grenville.

The Faith Based Program is an initiative by the Ministry to collaborate with the various churches on island, and provide small grants for projects that can be undertaken to transform the lives of young people in every community.

Minister for Youth, Sport and Religious Affairs, Hon. Emmalin Pierre, attended the launch and said the Government is pleased to have partnered with the Churches to fast track the process of development in Grenada. She said, “We believe that the issue of development is not just the business of the Government, however it is the duty of every citizen and every organization. We must ensure we identify our part and play it. This is how a country moves forward.”

In addition, the Minister commended the leaders of the Church for undertaking such a rare, but important project. She highlighted that though unknown to many, music is very important and she firmly believes that it helps to discipline its enthusiasts.

“Why music? The Bible is full of references that encourage singing and music in worship. Music is a discipline, whether you are learning to read and write music sheets, if you are learning chords and chord progression, there are rules that govern the playing of music and so it means that this will give an excellent opportunity to those participating, to develop a high level of discipline.”

Pastor of the Church, Alpha Stafford, applauds the Government for giving consideration to the churches in its quest to bring about positive change among young people.

He highlighted that his church’s project is geared towards remedying some of the social ills affecting young people, in the town of Grenville and surrounding areas.

“The aim of the project is to provide high quality music instructions to youth, thereby using a Christian environment as a medium to exert positive influences. Youth unemployment, alcohol and other drug abuse and youth delinquencies are major issues among the youth in the community we serve. It is therefore our intention, through this program, to eliminate or reduce these cases. “

The Grenville New Testament Church of God will commence its music classes in the coming weeks and is expected to attract persons between the ages of 18-20. Classes will be scheduled for two hours a week and will be executed in three levels over an 18-month period; with one month dedicated to life skills.




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