January 9th, 2018 -- Under the theme, “Put God First” the Sandy Point Community Churches held its annual New Year’s Day Thanksgiving Service at the Sandy Point Sports & Cultural Complex (also known as the Sandy Point Hard Court). The service, which was ably chaired by Sis. Kerinda Warner of the Unique Touch Christian Centre, on the evening of Tuesday, 1st January, 2019, saw participation from many of the Churches of the Sandy Point Community. The team of Combined Worship leaders from different churchesset the tone for the evening with uplifting songs focusing on giving God thanks and prioritizing God as first. It was encouraging to see pastors- Rev. Hunkins of the Immanuel Methodist, Pastor Elsworth Warner of the Apostolic Faith Mission, and Pastor Kenneth Francis of the Abundant Life Pentecostal Transformational Ministries- as the musicians. The Scripture reading was taken from Joshua 24: 14- 24focused on making a decision to serve God, was read by Sis. Desiree Gumbs of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In his energetically delivered sermonette, Pastor Rudel Wattley, Associate Pastor of the Sandy Point Wesleyan Holiness Church using Daniel 1: 9 (“Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat nor the wine that he drank”) as his base text, he challenged all present to purpose in their hearts, as Daniel did, to seek to please God in all things, despite what the world promotes and accepts.
The lively service included thought-provoking poem delivered by Sis. Francis of the Abundant Life Pentecostal Transformation Ministries about being available to God, a sobering solo rendition by Sis. Abigail O’Flaherty about seeking God and not merely his blessings. A heartening addition to the ecumenical thanksgiving service was the segment entitled “testimonies’ where at least 5 individuals volunteered to speak of how God proved himself real in their lives as their healer, their deliver and their provider., their strength and their comfort. The very riveting accounts of God’s goodness served to draw those present into greater praise and adoration of God.
Throughout the service, representatives from different churches prayed for different aspects of national life. For example, Elder Gloria Mills of the Zion Seventh day Adventist Church prayed for Families and Community; Elder Glenville O’Flaherty of the Bethany Gospel Hall prayed for Sttudents, Teachers and Schools; Sis. Lorna Gumbs of the Wesleyan Holiness Church prayed for the Business Community; Sis. Douglas of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle prayed for Government agencies and law enforcement; , Police, Fire etc; while Pastor Kenneth Francis prayed for Wisdom, Repentance and Forgiveness throughout our Churches Community and Land.
The service ended with Words of Appreciation and Closing Prayer by Pastor Prisca Hyligar, followed by a time of dancing, singing and fellowship. The attendees commented of this service being a fitting start to the year and the delight it brought to their lives.
The coordinating team for the Sandy Point Community Churches extends profound gratitude to all who attended as well as assisted in making this important New Year’s Service possible.
The Sandy Point Community Churches is a group of representatives from the various churches in the town of Sandy Point which meets and plans ecumenical events for the people of the area and the nation. The group has been instrumental in the past in assisting individuals and families in the community, in holding other types of ecumenical services annually and in facilitating community outreach activities. The ‘Sandy Point Community Churches’ functions under the motto “Putting aside differences to help and heal our community”.
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