The Pathfinder Fair, held at the Castle Hill Showground, attracted approximately 700 Pathfinders from 28 clubs throughout the Greater Sydney Conference. Including parents and supporters, an estimated 1,000 people were in attendance at the all-day event. According to Pr. John Wells, Associate Director of Youth Ministries and Director of Pathfinders, this was one of the largest Pathfinder Fairs for the Conference.
When asked why Pathfinders is important, John said, “It’s evangelistic outreach for the church, especially for its own kids, aged 10-15.” He continued by saying it’s during this time that they decide, “What am I going to do with God? What am I going to do with my church and my relationships?” Pr. Wells shared that another opportunity is the community because “kids from the community have families – mums and dads – that becomes an opportunity.”
This was Bankstown’s first time attending and participating in the Pathfinder Fair and according to Pathfinder Director Nadashe Tuaineiti, not the last. In recounting the day, she said, “My experience was awesome. It was great to see everyone using all the skills they’ve practiced over the past few months. The highlight of my day was meeting all the Pathfinder clubs and new people — some have been doing these events for many years, for others it was their first time also. As the Bankstown Pathfinder Director, I couldn’t be prouder, and I am blessed to be a part of this experience.”