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Kids Alive event ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Lagan Valley Island

David Bruce Regional Secretary Scripture Union in Britain and Ireland

David Bruce Regional Secretary Scripture Union in Britain and Ireland

The Island Hall was filled on Friday 5th May for Kids Alive, a children’s event called ‘Hakuna Matata’ for primary school children aged 7 – 11.  Kids Alive, is part of the Crown Jesus Ministries initiative for Lisburn and was co-ordinated by Karen Webb of the Church Army, supported by Captain John O’Neill also of the Church Army and a team from the local churches. 

John O’Neill assisted by Karen Webb - Puppets Inc., brought the evening to a spectacular start as they introduced one of their friends (Broccoli Spears - Puppet) to the young audience and set the scene for the evening.  Puppets Inc., a puppet team from Lisburn Cathedral consisting of Karen Webb and seven young people aged 10 - 14, performed a song entitled - ‘Don’t worry, trust Jesus,’ a rewrite of an old pop song, which was greatly appreciated.  Throughout the evening the worship was led by Karen Bowden and a praise band from Railway Street Presbyterian Church.  The Crown Jesus Ministry dance team generated a lot of energy with the audience by encouraging all of the kids to participate in learning how to put body movement and actions to a contemporary Christian song.

The guest speaker was the Rev. David Bruce - Regional Secretary of Scripture Union in Britain and Ireland.  In the main address, David, with the assistance of Kim Harshaw and ten year old Caroline Webb, used an elaborate computer system called the Biometric Instrument Height Adjuster (BIH) to prove that even modern equipment and computer technology can’t add to your height as recorded in his text, “You can’t add a day to your life, or an inch to your stature”.  He explained the importance of “Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” and said that you must put God first, because God wants to be No. 1 in your life.

John O’Neill assisted by Philip Kerr, Laura Best and Keith Mitchell (C.J.M.) involved the whole crowd of young people in several lively games entitled - ‘Life is the name of the game’. 

Accompanied by Beverly Whyte with James Toal and Niall Hilary on African drums, Melanie Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, led the singing of the memory verse from John 14 v 1:  Jesus said, “don’t let your heart be troubled, trust in God, trust also in Me”.

Captain John O’Neill and Karen Webb, brought a great evening to a close in a discussion with puppet - Broccoli Spears concluding that whatever we think of ourselves, God thinks we are all great and that everyone of us is really special to Him, which is central to the Good News of Jesus and the Christian Faith.

Some of the people that led and took part in the Kids Alive event - ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Lagan Valley Island on Friday 5th May is L to R:  (front) Amy and Caroline Webb.  (second row) Philip Kerr - Crown Jesus Ministries, Beverly Whyte, Melanie Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, Karen Webb - Puppets Inc./Church Army and Laura Best.  (back row) Niall Hilary, Rev. David Bruce - Scripture Union, Captain John O’Neill - Church Army, Kim Harshaw, Keith Mitchell - Crown Jesus Ministries and James Toal.

The praise band from Railway Street Presbyterian Church that led the worship at the Kids Alive event - ‘Hakuna Matata’ in Lagan Valley Island on Friday 5th May. 
L to R:  Louise Clarke and Alan Wall - Keyboards (seated).  (back row) Jamie McCutcheon, Pauline Adair, Laura MacDonnell, Karen Bowden, Adam Woods, Simon Wragg, Steven Woods and Richard Bailie.