As of March 29th, 2015, the Port of Spain Church of Christ will no longer meet at 87-89 Frederick Street, Port of Spain. Instead, on most Sundays, we will now be meeting in smaller House Churches throughout the north of Trinidad.
While our previous location has been a source of great joy for many persons, the decision was made to leave in order to prevent a financial shortfall in the Church. This move will help with the Church’s budget which will assist us greatly in acquiring land for building a permanent meeting place, among other benefits. Another major advantage of splitting up is to help realize our 2020 Vision: The Antioch Project, in which any one of the House Churches will be within reasonable access to more persons along the East/West Corridor.
The Northern sector will meet twice per month, currently at Auzonville Mall in Tunapuna, while the other Sundays will be in any of nine different house churches between Arima and Petit Valley. The Church’s administrative office is located at Lp. 33 El Socorro Main San Juan. Central, South, and Sangre Grande will continue to meet at their respective regular venues, while persons worshiping in Tobago can contact Norman Dickerson at (868) 749-8739.
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