The church has a crucial role to play in nurturing boys and ensuring that they become better men tomorrow.
According to Gaongalelwe Makhetha, the provincial president of Brotherhood of St Andrew in the Anglican Church Bloemfontein, the church has a responsibility to invest in children and that the time is now.
Makhetha noted that much as there is a strong desire by many parents to spiritually nurture their children, many drops out of their spiritual path and by the time they are teenagers or adults, the lives they lead are found wanting.
It is against such background that the church capitalised on the Rugby World Cup match between the Springboks and Japan over the weekend to engage men so they can have conversations around issues that affect them.
“We used this opportunity where men came with their sons to engage among ourselves as men, fathers, brothers and community leaders in our own right and interrogate whether enough was being done to ensure that we raise our boys accordingly so that they become better men tomorrow,” said Makhetha.
He said it emerged that the church needs to reach out to people and especially children, in a holistic way – spiritually, physically, socially as well as economically.
“The church has a big responsibility of nurturing the development of children. Children must grow up with values and the church is very strategically positioned to do that. We have a divine role especially now when there are many conflicting aspects affecting children in the country,” he pointed out.
“Our message is, as heads of the family we need to love our families and our country. If fathers spend time with their boy children by taking them to sports activities such as this, we will be able to curb future molesters and women abusers,” he added.
Makhetha indicated more activities of this nature would be organised where issues relating to the development of the boy child in particular, would are discussed at length to ensure that they become responsible citizens in future.