WESTERN PRESBYTERY LAUNCHES PREYSA 2017
The Western Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana launched the 6th Quinquennial PREYSA 2017 program, this morning at a service organised at the Ebenezer Presby Church, Pedu which is the head station of the Pedu District.
Speaking at the launch, the Western Presbytery Chairperson, Rev. Timothy Annor, encouraged all youth in the various districts and congregations within the presbytery to participate actively in the program, considering that the program is held once every five years.
He also encouraged the districts within the presbytery as well as parents and guardians to financially support their members to attend the program in their numbers.
The Youth Coordinator of the Western Presbytery, Sugar Adokunu, addressing the congregation, encouraged all members in the JY, YPG, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade and NUPS-G to patronise the program and not be scared away by the registration fee for the program.
He explained that the registration fees each participant is to pay has been highly subsidized by the Committee on Youth Ministry (by about 95 cedis) and that the participation fees covers costs that members would have incurred on accommodation, feeding and conference materials.
Funds were also raised to support the program.
In an exclusive interview with the Presbytery Youth Superintendent and Chairman of the Committee on Youth Ministry, Western Presbytery, Mr. Godfred Arhin, he indicated that the presbytery is well poised for the program and that “the CYM is still going through the length and breadth of the presbytery and to advocate for people to get on board so that the goal of the program is achieved.”
He therefore urged all members of the participating youth groups to attend program so that together, they are empowered to positively influence the present generation.
Present at the launch were the Presbytery Chairperson, the District Minister, District and Presbytery JY and Youth council members, and other renowned reverend ministers in the Western Presbytery.
PREYSA is an acronym for Presbyterian Youth and Students Assembly and it is organised by the Committee on Youth Ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. The raison d’être for the program is to give the opportunity to the youth in the church to meet occasionally in their numbers to celebrate the Lord and to revive the gifts in them as they fellowship together. PREYSA was named after the All African Youth and Students Assembly (AAYSA). The program is open to all youth members (from 12 to 30 years) who are constituted under the Committee of Youth Ministry (CYM) under the Department of Church Life and Nurture (CLAN). These youth groups include Junior Youth (JY), Boys’ Brigade (BB), Girls’ Brigade (GB), Young People’s Guild (YPG) and the National Union of Presbyterian Students – Ghana (NUPS-G). The first PREYSA was held in August 1992 at PRESEC, Legon; the second in 1997 at KNUST; and the fifth, in 2012 on the University of Ghana campus, Legon.
PREYSA 2017, the sixth in series, comes off from the 10th to 13th August, 2017 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) - Kumasi, under the theme, “Empowered to Influence our Generation (Acts 1:8).”
The registration fee is GHC80 for participants below 18 years and GHC 100.00 for those who are 18 years and above. About 5,000 participants are expected at this year’s PREYSA. The youth members in the North American, Europe, Nigerian, and Australian Presbyteries will be represented at this mammoth gathering.
Activities include a Bonfire Night, Cultural Display, Red Carpet and Photo Shoot, Symposium, Games, Variety night and most especially captivating talks on the core values and mission of the PCG, social media and the youth today, youth and leadership from speakers such as Rev. Gideon Populampu, Rev. Dr. Kofi Amfo Akonnor, Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong, Mrs. Afia Darkwa Amanor among others. Also in attendance will be the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt. Rev. Cephas Narh Omenyo among other renowned ministers of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
PREYSA 2017…… INFLUENCING OUR GENERATION!