ATCU Pastors and Laypersons featured in Advance Magazine

ATCU Pastors and Laypersons featured in Advance Magazine
Communication Department, ATCU

During the second quarter of 2015, the Advance Magazine will feature articles, stories, and the experiences of persons from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU). The Advance Magazine, compiled by the personal ministries department of the Inter-American Division, is a publication designed to encourage and inspire the laity of the church mainly during the ten-minute personal ministries time in all of the churches within the Inter-American Division.

This quarter’s edition features articles written by Pastors Leonard Johnson, ATCU president; Andrew Burrows, ATCU personal ministries director; Wilfred Adderley, South Bahamas Conference (SBC); Patrick Tyrill, North Bahamas Conference; and Reinaldo Dracket, Cayman islands Conference (CIC).

Inspirational experiences shared by Paris Williams, ATCU’s One Year in Mission delegate; SBC lay members David Knowles, David Williams, and Andrea and Bernard Linden; and David Campbell, a Bible Worker from CIC are also included.

ATCU Elders Conduct Baptism

ATCU Elders Conduct Baptisms
Andrew Burrows, ATCU

On Sabbath, September 28, 2013, elders from throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) participated in the special baptism ceremony by elders. This was one of the highlights of the Inter-American Division’s initiative for the “Year of the Laity.” In ATCU, a total of 34 persons were baptized by 17 elders. At the Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, where they concluded a month long emphasis called “Elders on Fire,” six persons were baptized by six elders in the church’s pool. Elder Todd Beneby, first elder of the church, and one of the elders conducting the baptism, commented that “it was truly a sobering experience”
At the Bethany Seventh-day Adventist church in Nassau, Bahamas, elder Harvey Braithwaite baptized three precious souls including his son Jonathan. “For me, it was a humbling experience to know that I was given such a privilege to baptize souls for the Kingdom of God.” Commenting on the baptism of his son, Elder Braithwaite added, “Never in my wildest dream did I think that I would be the one to baptize him. It was an exciting and a proud moment for me.”
Also in the South Bahamas Conference (SBC), Elders Marva Farquharson and Vernal Rolle of the Message of Hope and Real Harvest churches, respectively, met at the Montague Beach, in Nassau, Bahamas to baptize the persons with whom they studied. In May of this year, at the Inter-American Division’s (IAD) Mid-year Meetings in Miami, Florida, Elder Farquharson was recognized as ATCU’s Lay Evangelist of the Year. Elder Vernal Rolle also received an award for Evangelism during the graduation ceremony at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. A total of 15 elders baptized 21 persons in the South Bahamas Conference.
Elder Arlene Sands, first elder of the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church in the North Bahamas Conference and also the Women’s Ministries director for the Conference, was blessed to baptize one precious soul for the Lord. Additionally, in April of this year, Elder Sands was the speaker at the lay crusade held at Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In the Cayman Islands Conference, a total of 12 baptisms were conducted by 7 elders. This included four persons who were baptized at the conclusion of a week of powerful messages proclaimed by the elders at the King’s Seventh-day Adventist Church, in George Town, Grand Cayman. One of the elders conducting the ceremony was Elder Joshua Lawrence, who is also a Bible worker for the Cayman Islands Conference.
Appropriately, two of the conferences in ATCU held their local Festival of the Laity on the same weekend. The laypersons of the North and South Bahamas conferences came together in their respective conference for a time of reflection, reports, celebration, and praise to God for what He has accomplished through them. These Festivals of the Laity throughout ATCU began September 6 and 7, when the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) held their event at various churches throughout the Mission. The final Festival of the Laity for ATCU will be held in the Cayman Islands Conference October 4 and 5, 2013. The laity of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, including the elders, is fully engaged in the work of spreading the gospel and sharing in the joy of souls being won to the kingdom.

NBC Celebrates Festival of the Laity

NBC Celebrates Festival of the Laity
Communication Department, North Bahamas Conference

The North Bahamas Conference celebrated it’s Festival of the Laity in grand style on Sabbath afternoon, September 28, 2013. Churches from throughout the island of Grand Bahama, some led by their bands, and all arrayed in the various colors of their local church, assembled at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church to give God praise for the work of the laity in the Grand Bahama district.

Over 150 persons received service, evangelism, and leadership awards for the diligent efforts given to their local churches and the communities. A highlight of the afternoon was the awarding of the female preacher medallion of the Atlantic Caribbean Union to Elder Arleen Sands. Elder Sands conducted a lay crusade at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church, earlier in the year. In addition, earlier in the day, Elder Sands conducted her first baptism. This was in connection with the Year of Laity baptismal celebration by elders.

In attendance for the occasion was Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. In his charge to the laity, Pastor Kerr challenged them to commit themselves to greater service. He reminded the audience that “despite the challenges that we face, the cross of Christ is our rallying cry to go on in our labours for God, knowing that God will reward us in due season for our commitment.”

The members of the North Bahamas Conference left “Festival of the Laity 2013” on a high note, committed to going back to their communities and to make a difference.