It was a Children's Service with a difference: lively and interactive, with a role play, applause and lots of laughter.
Some 2 000 children in Lavistown and approximately 60 000 more connected via audio-visual transmission for the special Children's Service conducted by the Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider on Saturday, 11 May 2019.
 
As a basis for the service, the Chief Apostle read a Bible word from 1 Samuel 3:10, “Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel answered, 'Speak, for Your servant hears'."
 
After reading the Bible word and thanking the children for their special preparation, the Chief Apostle did something unexpected. He stepped away from the altar and walked among the children, asking them a series of questions related to his opening prayer. After listening attentively to their responses, he was joined by two Sunday School children who performed a brief play related to the Bible word - Samuel's first prophecy (1 Samuel 3:1 - 21).
 
Explaining its importance and the relevance today, the Chief Apostle emphasised that God continues to call us and urged the children to listen to His voice.
 
God calls us through our parents, for our protection; through His word, for our blessing; by granting us gifts and talents, for us to serve; through His Spirit, to inspire us to help others; and through His creation, which He expects us to take care of, said the Chief Apostle.
 
The District Apostle Helper A Mhango of Malawi was called to serve along. 
 
Accompanying the Chief Apostle were the District Apostles J Kriel and P Schulte of Australia, and the District Apostle Helpers A Mhango and P Mkhwanazi. 
 
Lara Koeberg, of Montana congregation, was one of the children who responded to a question posed by the Chief Apostle during the service. After the service, she said: "WOW! I still can't believe it. The Chief Apostle was right in front of me. I'm very happy. I love you, Chief Apostle!."