Combined Women’s Ministries Retreat—A Transforming Experience

  •   France Chambers, Communication Director
  •  Friday, November 9, 2018


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A group photo of the presenters and attendees at the Women's Retreat at the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, St. James on Sabbath, October 27, 2018. | PHOTO CREDITS:  Vernal Comrie

The recently concluded combined Women’s Ministries Retreat, that was held at the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, St. James between October 25 to 28, 2018, has been rated as a success by the coordinators and attendees.


Guided by the theme: “Transformed to Praise”, the general feedback from the more than 90 persons in attendance, from the two fields—North and West Jamaica Conference, has been rather positive and presents a bright prospect for an even more exciting programme for 2019.]


“It was our intention as we planned the Retreat for it to be a Spirit-filled,” said Carole Smythe-James, Women’s Ministries Director for West Jamaica Conference “motivating, and transforming experience, while making it a relaxing one at the same time for each of our ladies,” she emphasized.


“The Women’s Retreat was a blessing” Mrs. Smythe-James continued “We were constantly reminded, during the programme, of the importance of being transformed to praise. Regardless of our struggles and our setbacks we must always praise God, “she added.  While expressing appreciation for the support of the two Conferences’ administrations Mrs. Smythe-James also added her desire to see the programme through for next years’ date.


The planning for the programme, which was aimed at re-energizing the female leaders within the territories, came out of serious prayer and an ever-present desire to see the empowerment among the ladies.


“My prayer for this event was two-fold,” said Mrs. Christine Shand-Smith, Women’s Ministries Leader for the North Jamaica Conference “that the women would attend and that the weekend would be one in which they would be drawn closer to the heart of God. I was always thinking about the empowerment for others. However, when the Retreat started, I had to run to the Lord and say, ‘even me’. Today I am still rejoicing in the refreshing from the Holy Spirit” she added.


There were numerous presentations and spiritually-charged discourses that added to the positive experience that was shared by the members at the Retreat.


“This was my first experience at a Women’s Ministries Retreat and it was a remarkable, and spirit-filled one,” exclaimed Charlene Beckford, Women’s Ministries Leader for the Mount Salem Church, “The presenters and guest speaker reminded us of how our Christian walk should be-- one transformed to praise.


“We were reminded that our salvation is to be a joy and not a toy,” quipped Mrs. Beckford “I was lifted heavenwards, and this experience is one that I will never forget. I will surely encourage other women of my local church to ensure they are part of the next retreat. I really had a spiritual experience which was more memorable than enjoying the hotel's facilities,” ended the excited Women’s leader.


The main presenters for the weekend were Dr. Melva Spence from the Seventh-day Adventist Church,  Lilliput, who is also a professional psychologist; Mrs. Paulette Ambersley-Henry, Acting Principal for St.Ann’s Bay Preparatory and High Schools; Dr. Doreen Morrison, Women’s Ministries Director for North East Jamaica Conference and Mrs. Carol Smythe-James, Women’s Ministries Director for West Jamaica Conference.

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