After 19 years since being organized as a church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Warminster in St. Elizabeth finally dedicated their edifice on Sunday, July 14, 2019 to culminate a weekend-long celebration.
The 88-member congregation was in a celebratory mode over the weekend having accomplished the feat, despite the numerous challenges they have had to surmount since their foundations in 1984 when they became a Sabbath School. This, after having to worship under a tree and a make-shift structure during their early days.
“We are thankful for where we have reached thus far,” said Susanna Levy, the Church Clerk “Everyone is happy and overwhelmed by the achievement. It has been over 20 years since we have been working toward this. The Community members are also happy for us and we hope that they will also make Warminister their church,” she added. She also noted that some community members were coming to the church for the first time due to the special event and the new look of the finished edifice.
Though they would have wanted the dedication to have happened earlier, the leadership of the Congregation has expressed delight with the dedication.
“We have been through many struggles,” said Elder Courtney Kerr “but we are thankful for the efforts of all the individuals from the years of inception. The only regret is that we didn’t get it done earlier,” lamented the Elder. He went on to note the great deal of sacrifice that went into the process of completing the structure for dedication.
During the celebrations over the weekend, members of the church and community were recognized for their contributions to the church building and its development, in a special awards ceremony on the Sabbath afternoon.
Those recognized included: Alfred McLean, who was a head deacon in the early days of the church and is now a shut-in, for assisting in purchasing the land that the building is situated on. Curly Mullings who is a former first elder and is currently still active also made a significant contribution to the acquisition of the property. Joseph and Rubina Fider were recognized for their contribution to the tiling of the facility. Odian Simpson, a former deacon was noted for the purchasing of the benches and other contributions to the church’s development. While Steve Swaby, a community member was also who contributed to the roofing of the church
Interestingly, Pastor Earl Bailey, who now serves as the church pastor, was also the pastor when the church was organized in 2000.
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