Bethany Int’l College Gombe marks 2023 Christmas Carol
With the entire school hall donning Christmas colours, Bethany International College, Gombe held Christmas Carols in grand style on Thursday 30th November as the school closed for the year 2023.
The students and pupils of the school, basking in the euphoria of the season, were joined in the carols by some parents, guardians, and the invited guests among which was Mrs Benedicta A. Olaniyan, the Manager of the school as well as Dcn Uwumarogie Peter, the pastor-in-charge of RCCG, Jesus vineyard parish, Gombe.
In a brief remarks, Mrs Olaniyan appreciated God on behalf of the students, pupils and entire staff for seeing this year’s carol and end of year party.
She commended the efforts of staff while also saluting the pupils and students for comporting themselves throughout the term.
“We are grateful to God for all He has done for us all, keeping us all alive to see today.
“This is another time to remember Christ, dance and celebrate; so ride on and enjoy the music and dance,” she said.
She advised everyone to seize the moment to dance in appreciation of what God has done especially for another successful year ending.
On his part, Mr Samuel Olabisi, the principal of the school said he was elated to be part of the occasion this year, urging the children to celebrate the Christmas and end of the year with joy in appreciation of what God has done and in anticipation of what He will do.
In his sermon to mark the event, Pastor Peter urged everyone to see Christmas as a moment to reflect on the love of God towards mankind rather than seeing Christmas as a moment for celebration or a time to wine and dine..
“It is because we see Christmas as a moment of celebration and party, that’s why the people of the world are joining us to mark the event.
“When we begin to reflect on the love of God by sharing the gospel and the goodnews, praying together and engaging in spiritual exercise to glorify God alone, many of them will not partake in such activities, because for them(people of rhe world) Christmas should be a moment to party and enjoy life but it should be more than that to us as children of God,” he said.
Reading from the book of Luke 2:1-20, the pastor explained the birth of Jesus, acknowledging it as the greatest gift ever received from God to mankind.
He admonished the children to use this year’s Christmas to renew their relationship with God so that Heaven will be guaranteed for them on Christ’s return.
Pastor Peter prayed God to grant all the students, pupils, teachers, parents and all stakeholders divine protection and provision ahead of year 2024.
Some of the highpoints of the event were the various Christmas carols and presentations of drama, choreography and special song and dance by both students and teachers to entertain their guests.