February 17 – March 2, 2019 | St. Johns, Antigua | Jo-Ann Peters
At the January 5, 2019 District #3 convention, the New Beginning Evangelistic Series was launched. This series is part of the Total Membership Involvement (TMI) goals for the district. District #3 is so committed to the TMI initiative that they conceived a vision statement for the district which states that “District #3 is an army of disciples on their knees”. The New Beginning Evangelistic Series featured two female lay preachers, Elders Monica Fleming and Velma Thomas, in two weeks of dynamic meetings.
The series, which begun on February 17th , got off to a great start as the anointed woman of God, Evangelist Monica Fleming, declared the Word of God with much power. Indeed, the Spirit of God moved in Tindall Temple as she expounded on the topics, “The Battle for Bread”, “How to Stop Crime and Violence in Antigua and Barbuda”, “Why so Much Suffering”, the Magic and Power of Love, and “The Greatest Lover of all Times”.
In week two of the series, Evangelist Velma Thomas continued the powerful preaching.
Taking the podium on Sunday, February 24th, Elder Thomas expounded on King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as she told the congregation “How to Know the Future”. The free gift of salvation was the emphasis on Monday night, as the evangelist took much time to explain that we were “Born to Live Forever”. “Set Free by the Truth,” was presented on Tuesday night. Elder Thomas made it clear from scripture that there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism, as she explained that the pure woman represents the pure church and the false woman represents the false church. This message was followed by “Millions Fooled by a Myth”, as the evangelist presented the Sabbath truth. Friday night’s service will conclude with an altar call giving individuals an opportunity to make a “New Beginning”, by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Elder Thomas will bring the New Beginning series
to a grand climax on Sabbath March 2nd as she presents the topic, ”
The Great Journey of a Conqueror”.
District #3 continues its evangelistic efforts on Sunday March 3rd with the “Set Free In Jesus Series”. The dynamic man of God Evangelist Pastor Linden Elliott will present the Word of God with the opening night’s subject, “Bun And Cheese”. Meetings will be held under the yellow and white tent at Chevonne Street, Greenbay. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. nightly.
Christian Home and Marriage Week, Nevis – 2019
Charles Town, Gingerland and Browne Hill Congregations in Nevis at Christian Home & Marriage Week 2019 at the Browne Seventh-day Adventist Church along with Pastor & Sis Stanton Adams and Dr. Mark L. Braithwaite
February 9 – 16, 2019 | Browne Hill, Nevis | SLM Staff
Christian Home and Marriage Week for the South Leeward Mission of Seventh-day Adventists was conducted between February 9 – 16, 2019. This is an annual event and all churches of the Mission are encourage to plan activities for families during that week.
Over the last few years, the week has taken on significant meaning as leaders call on various resource persons to make presentations in various areas of family life. Some leaders use the Family Ministries Planbook which is produced by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists’ Family Ministries department each year. This year the resource is entitled, “Reaching Families for Jesus: Strengthening Disciples.” Other leaders plan seminars and educational sessions using other resources and personnel.
On the island of Nevis, District #1, the churches of Charlestown, Gingerland and Browne Hill came together for a full week of family life education. Under the leadership of Pastor Stanton Adams, the week included presentations by the district pastor along with presentations by Pastor Delroy Josiah – Pastor of District #2 Nevis and Dr. Mark L. Braithwaite – Family Ministries director of the South Leeward Mission.
From Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Dr. Braithwaite continued the series which was started by Pastor Delroy Josiah. Dr. Braithwaite handled the topics, “Conflict,” “Relationships, Media and Whatsapp,” and “Parenting in the 21st Century”. Pastor Adams presented the topic, “The Youth: Dating and Marriage”.
During the week, the families came out to the Browne Hill Church where the meetings were conducted each night. Each session was well attended and visitors were also present to hear the presentations. Discussions were very engaging as persons asked questions and seemed eager to receive family life education. On Sabbath, February 16, 2019, Pastor Adams addressed the youths who listened attentively as he shared principles to guide youths while they consider dating, engagement and marriage.
During the week, several persons indicated their appreciation for the sessions and desired that more of these kinds of sessions should be made available for the membership and community to assist in addressing family life concerns around the island. At the end of the week, it was clear that all benefited from the very relevant information.
The next week of family emphasis known as Family Togetherness Week is slated for September 1 – 7, 2019
Jennings AY Society Retreat
Elicia Blutcher-Watson Presenting to the Youths
February 23, 2019 | Fort Barrington, Antigua | Ayodele Jospeh
On February 23, 2019, the Advent Youth Society of the Jennings Seventh-day Adventist Church met at Fort Barrington for the first Youth Retreat for the year under the theme, “Who deserves my Respect?” The experience began with a devotion entitled “Youth”. The devotion spoke to the importance of youths remembering God now while they are able to give him 100 percent. The youths participated in a Bible trivia that tested their knowledge of the Bible and unfamiliar Bible stories.
The first two sessions were very informative presentations by Dr. Cameron Knowles on “Mental Health and Respect” and a group oriented presentation “What is Respect?” The Mental health and respect presentation was centered on how persons approach those who are not what is considered to be normal. The youths were admonished to be aware of what they place their trust in since marijuana and other drugs can cause mental problems.
Sugar was also noted as one of the foods that can cause problems within the brain. The other sessions were geared toward group interactions to promote the sharing of ideas and feelings about the meaning of respect, who we think deserve respect and why they deserve our respect. To conclude, the group came to the understanding that everyone deserves respect even in the moments when it seems like they don’t even deserve a thought. It should be remembered that we are all God’s children and we should treat each other how we wish to be treated.
The last session for the morning was a break out session. The young men and women separated so that each group could have discussions specific to their gender. The ladies’ group was led by Sis. Blucher-Watson and focused on self-respect among women, understanding their bodies and why women feel the way they do at times. The young men, on the other hand, had the opportunity to speak about their preferences with regards to the opposite sex. After this session, there was lunch and a nature walk up to the Fort Barrington.
To begin the afternoon section of the program, the youths participated in Bible charades (no words just acting). They found creative ways to illustrate stories like the Golden Calf, Rahab and the Spies, David and Bathsheba and many others. The first session in the afternoon was facilitated by Bro. Bertrand Joseph who spoke to the participants on youths in the Advent movement. The group was encouraged not to forget where they are from and the places that young people can reach if they are consecrated.
Our final session for the day was led by Pastor Mark Braithwaite who spoke on the topic “Respect for Authority”. The gathering learned that respect should not be conditional, but, rather, respect should be given at all times.
Minds were tested as everyone engaged in the Bible Bee. Persons were chosen by the group to represent and put their spelling skills to the test. The youths, indeed, had fun and to bring the amazing experience to a close one of the youths gave their heart to God through baptism.” What a touching moment. Isn’t God marvelous?”
Pastor Browne Conducting Baptism at Dieppe Bay
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