The year 2014 ended with an extravagant gathering as the Church came together on New Year's Eve to ring in 2015 together. Those in attendance were treated to a look back at the events of the past year and a peek of what to expect for the upcoming year, as well as a brief devotional to prepare ourselves for the new year. Shortly before midnight, all those in attendance were invited to pray for the new year, with most prayers in line with the announced theme for 2015, "Declare His Glory". In fine style, we counted down the final seconds of the old year and welcomed 2015 with dancing and singing.
Here's a look back at some of the events of 2014. The Church hopes and prays that you will indeed be able to Declare God's Glory in this New Year and beyond.
The 3-Day weekend at the beginning of August saw the inauguration of the Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry here in Port of Spain. Approximately 100 students from all over the country and some parts of the Caribbean were privileged to be a part of this brand new initiative in the Church.
The Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry (DJBCSM), aimed at teaching participants in Biblical Interpretation, the first of eight modules, with thought-provoking and engaging lessons taught by Tyrone Marcus of Trinidad, Courtney Bailey of Jamaica and renowned biblical scholar, Douglas Jacoby.
To see the DJBCSM come alive in Port of Spain, as well as in Kingston, Jamaica (where the inaugural classes were held two weeks prior) was an answered prayer by the Caribbean Teachers Tyrone and Courtney, as the School aims to provide in-depth biblical teaching to Christians in the Caribbean region while honouring the man both considered a spiritual hero, the late Damian Jean-Baptiste, who spent most of his adult life planting, leading and strengthening churches across the region.
The initial module exposed students to an eye-opening perspective on Biblical Interpretation. Participants were encouraged to go beyond a surface reading of the scriptures and to instead critically view the text in its historical, literary and situational context. Areas of special focus included Poetry and Psalms, Wisdom Literature, the Law and Prophets, the Gospels, the Parables, Apocalyptic Literature, the Book of Acts and the New Testament Letters.
In addition to the in-class sessions, students are expected to read at least one of two required texts and have also been encouraged to explore an extensive reading list. Full-track students in Trinidad & Tobago, who are pursuing certification, will sit exams in September. The second module is scheduled to begin in January-February 2015.
For more information on the Damian Jean-Baptiste Caribbean School of Ministry and to register for future modules, please click here to visit the website.
The Church was recently treated to two special teaching sessions on reaching out to persons of different religions.
First, on Wednesday, June 12th, we received the opportunity to hear from Dinesh George of Bangalore, India, in a special session conducted over Skype on reaching out to Hindus.
Dinesh, along with his wife Caroline, oversees the operations of the many Churches in India. He discussed with us various points on how to introduce and discuss the Word of God with those of the Hindu faith, as well as some surprising facts about Hinduism and its supporters.
Then, on Wednesday, July 17th, our very own Tyrone Marcus led the Church in a discussion on reaching out to Muslims in a brief introduction to Islam. Tyrone pointed out and attempted to dispel any confusion and misgivings we may have about the religion and how to understand what to expect when introducing the Word.
Listen to the audio from the both teaching sermons here in the 'Bible Teaching Series' section . You can also download "Reaching Out to Hindus" and "Reaching Out to Muslims" by clicking on the respective links, as well as follow along with the slideshow presentations
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children: instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6: 4.
This past Saturday, June 15th, the night before Father's Day, saw a great example of this scripture being put in to practice when the church held its first ever Father/Daughter dance at the church’s building in Port of Spain.
We witnessed a beautiful display of father daughter bonding as the daughters attired in their lovely dresses of white, red and even blue, some of the little princesses even wore tiaras, arrived on the arms of their proud escorts.
We danced with our daughters, nieces and the daughters of our sisters in Christ. We also enjoyed an exciting game of father/daughter musical chairs. To top that off, we had dinner with the young ladies and had wonderful conversations.
This event truly served its purpose. Firstly, it was an attempt to inspire great relationships between our daughters and us. Additionally, it was meant to provide them with a standard of the way in which they should be treated by the opposite sex. Yes, and it was also to have the girls and us enjoy some good clean fun!!!
We look forward to this being an annual event. Enjoy the video slide show of the event.