Pastor George Ampratwum, a youth Pastor at the Calvary Charismatic Center (CCC) which is based in Ayigya-Kumasi, has admonished the youth to take delight in social activities so as to lessen the stress that is associated with academic and office work.
According to him, the Ghanaian society was gradually detaching itself from the strong social bonding that existed previously and therefore called on the youth to consciously find for themselves games that binds them to the society.
Speaking to media men at the church’s maiden social outdoor games at the Paa Joe sports stadium in Kumasi, Pastor Ampratwum stressed the need for the church to take the lead in campaigning for societal bonding.
This, he noted would greatly lead to the reduction of stress related sickness and suicides that comes as a result of loneliness.
Recalling with experience, the Youth Pastor said many parents in the country had been pre-occupied with their jobs and family obligations and scarcely had time to listen to their children on issues that may be bothering them.
Other Parents as well as youth, he disclosed work from Monday to Sunday and had the rare opportunity of exercising their minds on needful physical exercises.
This attitude, he intimated contributed largely to the feeling of loneliness and stress, adding it wasn’t so surprising others who cannot take the heat find suicide the easy way out of remedying their depression.
‘’As a church we should consciously admonish our congregation to have time for God and also do same for themselves so that while they pray and exercise their bodies they also become balanced beings fulfilling their individual purposes in life’’, Pastor George posited.
Addressing the congregation that had converged in their sporty attire with inscription purpose driven man and woman, Pastors Sammy Adjei, Head of Missions and Sammy Aduamah urged the church to inculcate physical exercises in their daily routines.
According to them, a healthy mind could only live in a healthy body and therefore called for the inculcation of physical fitness to their daily schedules.
‘’You cannot serve God well if you get sick often even when you have discovered your purpose in life’’, they intimated.
Present at the maiden games were members and teachers of the School for Christian Development (SCD) who took part in the aerobics, lime spoon, ludo, basketball, soccer, table tennis and other sporting competitions.