October 4, 2012 | 302 views
Making today’s young people better men and women
Inwood church houses Five Towns Lightbearers Club
Maureen Monsegue, director of the Adventurer Club at the Five Towns Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inwood, said she volunteers her time to give children, ages three to nine, the tools to be mature and happy.
The Clinton Avenue church has existed for the past 16 years. The Five Towns Lightbearers Club, which includes two groups — the Adventurers and the Pathfinders — began in March and meets twice a month, Pastor Kevin Brown said.
Far Rockaway resident Kevin Morgan dedicates his time as the director of the Pathfinders, ages 10 through 18, in an effort to help the young people develop into productive men and women later in life. “It builds their self-esteem and they become better students at school,” he said. “They’ll be better in the world and at school.”
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant Christian denomination, sponsors the worldwide organization. Lisa Quailey, the Long Island area coordinator who oversees Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs from various churches, said members don’t have to be churchgoers to join. “It doesn’t matter your faith or culture,” she said. “We recruit by word of mouth, passing out fliers to different places throughout the community and parades.”
To promote the organization, the Five Towns Lightbearers Club paraded through Inwood and Lawrence holding Pathfinder and Adventurer flags on Sept. 22. Awards, or badges, are given to members after they complete a subject in the Adventurer or Pathfinder curriculum such as first aid, sewing, flowers and camping.
Imade Omozore, an eighth-grader at M.S. 72 in Queens and a Pathfinder, held the flag in the parade and enjoys the fun activities the organization provides such as going to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and roller-skating. “It teaches us about discipline and brings us closer to God,” she said. “You also learn right from wrong and it’s important to build character with God because he helps you when you feel lost and lonely.”
Adventurer Dejay Smith, a second-grader at P.S. 45 in Queens, believes the organization will help him to be honest, kind and true. “The club helps us to follow God’s pathway and to obey our mother and father,” he said. “I also love to play games and get badges.”