St. Bess Hosts Parish-Wide Community Services Expo

  •   Adiese Jonas-Murphy, Associate Communication Director
  •  Friday, August 24, 2018


It was a day of friendly rivalry matched with sheer wit and creativity, as members of various Seventh-day Adventist Districts in the Parish of St. Elizabeth vied for the top spot in the Community Services Exposition, hosted by the St. Elizabeth Community Services Federation on Sunday August 19, 2018.


The event had on display a variety of food items, much to the delight of the judges along with those who would later savour these cultural and ‘unusual’ culinary delights.


“We were asked to present different produce that have been baked” said Tasha- Gaye Witter, a participant from the Lititz District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches. “We have breadfruit pudding, zucchini, chocolate bar, as well as our cho cho pie. We also have things that are more common like the gizzada and drops, not to mention our potato pudding and beetroot pudding” she ended.


According to the President of the St. Elizabeth Community Services Federation, Dian Bernard, the annual event is designed not only for members of the church, but also for members in the community at large to benefit.


“Individuals get a chance to come out and to enjoy themselves and to take a breather for a change,” she said. “They also get to showcase the talent of our leaders.”


The event being an annual venture, Bernard has already begun to encourage others to support next year’s staging of the event.


“Ideally, I believe all churches and even members of the public should come out to events like these, because there is a lot to learn and a lot to understand. And of course, some of the things that are here on display and are really beneficial. Many of the items medicinal value and are very helpful especially for stressful times such as these” she ended.


The Santa Cruz District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches emerged the victors in the Exposition and were excited to walk away with the coveted title.


“We all did an excellent job,” said a representative of the Santa Cruz group “We didn’t just do it for show, but we did it because of educational and medical. Our centerpiece was very attractive and had most of the things that we use in our preservatives," Sister Mable Brown said. She also expressed thanks to her team: Joy Thompson, Pauline Dunstan and Sister Levy.


"I think we did an outstanding job. We had many sleepless nights. The Lord was with us and we asked Him for his help and He granted it" said Valerie Brown, representing the Santa Cruz District.


"I believe that the Community Services Expo hosted by the West Jamaica Conference was successful" said Delbert Brown, Pastor of the Williamsfield District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, "From my visit, here I see a variety of things here. There is a display of creativity among the people. However, overall it’s a successful staging." 




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