Hope Pathfinders’ Club Launched at Sandy Bay Primary & Junior High School

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, January 11, 2019


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Pastor Christopher Harvey, West Jamaica Conference Youth Director, poses with the newly inducted members and leaders of the Hope Pathfinder Club at the Sand Bay Primary and Junior High, Hanover on Friday, December 14, 2018. | PHOTO CREDITS:  Contributed

Since the announcement by the Ministry of Education to add the Seventh-day Adventist led Pathfinders’ Programme to the line-up of extracurricular activities in Public Schools, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sandy Bay Hanover, has made full use of the opportunity to launch the Hope Pathfinders’ Club in the neighbouring Sandy Bay Primary and Junior High School. Twenty-five Pathfinders were inducted into the club on Friday, December 14, 2018, in the presence of School Administrators, teachers, parents and other attending students.


“We have had a number of requests to organize the Pathfinders’ Programme in government schools,” said Pastor Christopher Harvey, who serves as Youth Ministries Director of the Conference. “The Pathfinders’ Club is designed to strengthen the hands of teachers and to help parents with the inculcation of values and attitudes, while also helping youngsters to be accountable, knowledgeable and disciplined. We want to prepare our youth for this life and the life to come” he stated.


Mr. Cleveland Furze, who serves as a Drill Instructor and Trained Master Guide at the Precious Jewels Pathfinders’ Club at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Sandy Bay has been credited as one of the primary figures in establishing the now school-based Club.


“The relationship between the School and the Church has been a longstanding one” stated the cheerful Master Guide. “The Precious Jewels Pathfinders’ Club, which I have been serving as the Director for many years, approached the school years ago and offered to assist with upholding and maintaining the discipline.”


Since the relationship between the church and the school started, the club has initiated the training of students on the marching band to play various instruments, invited them to church to participate in special Pathfinder services, taught them to plant various trees and care for natural life, among other things.


According to Furze, the latest achievement in the collaborated efforts between the two entities has been the launch of the school’s Pathfinders’ Club. The Hope Pathfinders’ Club meets twice per week with its primary meeting day on Friday afternoons.


Although a church-based initiative, the training manual for the club in the schools will be adjusted to meet the needs of those it is called to serve in the schools. Some of the life skills that will be taught include: how to administer first aid, how to make a fire, how to escape a fire, learning about the beauty of nature, grooming, drill and march among other things.

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