The Ceylon Bible Society had a great opportunity to organize three COP sessions for Teen, Children and Adults through ZOOM technology. We specially thank our Almighty God for being with us and guiding us through in all three programmes. Also, we thank the American Bible Society and Rev. Priyantha Wijegoonawardena, General Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society, who have helped us in many ways. These online gatherings were conducted on 9th, 16th and 23rd May 2021 from 2 pm to 5 pm. These three COP sessions were great opportunities for all Facilitators to get to know and build a relationship with each other and all of them actively participated. All three COP Sessions were initiated and directed by Rev. Fr. Claude Nonis (Master Facilitator in Children, Teen and Adult) with all all other Master Facilitators and Training Facilitators Rev. Fr. Jude Anthony, Rev. Fr .Lester Wijesooriya, Rev. Fr. Sameera Fonseka, Rev. Sr. Maria Thushika, Rev.Sr. Mabel Rodrigo, Mrs. J.A.S. Pathmaseeli, Mr. Nihal Silva, Mr. Anesley Fernando, Mr. Romulus Fernando and Mrs. Vanaja Rajkumar.
A number of 65 Apprentice Facilitators joined in Teen COP, and 40 Apprentice Facilitators joined in Children COP and 60 facilitators joined in the Adult COP. In these sessions, Facilitators were divided into small groups and discussed the current problems faced by families, Adults, Teen and Children.
Parents have experienced financial pressure, increased pressure to work from home to keep their jobs and businesses going, as well as to take care of children at home at the same time. Also, this could lead to problems, post-traumatic stress disorders and depression in children, teen and adults. Some family members had to also face the stress of quarantine.
Teen and children experienced schools shut down, and this led to home schooling and postponement of exams.
Also, most people are facing problems of unemployment, income decline, domestic violence and loss of freedom.
As a solution to this it was proposed to conduct a session for the parents. The Facilitators were encouraged to conduct healing group sessions through ZOOM. It was also suggested that calling them on the telephone and talking to them and praying with them will certainly help them get over their affected mental state and cheer them up.
This is the first online COP programme we have conducted through zoom and everyone acknowledged that it was a very valuable programme.