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North Street Seventh-day Adventist celebrates 120!

Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Elders Dave Allen, Fitzgerald Gayle, Richard Depass, and Barrington Sievewright take part in the 120th anniversary celebrations.
From left: Jheanelle James, Vilma Francis, Sharene McKenzie, Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant, and Elder Fitzgerald Gayle also sing a hymn.
Nicole Channer (right) and Evadne Nemhard during a scripture reading.-photos by Gladstone Taylor/ Photographer
From left: Donald Atkins, Charlene Atkins, Natalie Nugent, Seandra Williams, and Monique Atkins take part in the singing of a hymn at the North Street Seventh-day Adventist Church's 120th anniversary celebrations in Kingston on Saturday.

A committed membership and the grace of God are factors Pastor Leabert Williams has attributed to the North Street Seventh-day Adventist Church's 120 years of existence.

The church, which hosted its special anniversary service on Saturday, saw scores of persons coming out in their numbers to commemorate and celebrate the significant milestone.

Williams said it was important that the body of Christ never stray from the word of God, adding that the Church must adapt to the changing times.

"As a church, we recognise that things are totally different when we look back 100 years ago, and so we have been adapting to the times and trying to stay relevant. However, the word of God will continue to remain our guide because we hold to it dearly," he declared.

Holistic approach

He also noted that going forward, his plan is to take a holistic approach to his church body.

"We will continue on the path of the pioneers, looking at the social, physical, mental, and spiritual needs, not just of our congregation, but our community at large. We believe that the needs of the whole person are important, and as we go forward, we will continue to aspire to cater to the needs of whomever we come in contact with," he told The Gleaner.

Dr Eric Nathan, president of the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, who delivered the sermon, pointed to the need for persons to exercise faith instead of fear.

"When we consider how God has blessed the North Street Seventh-day Church, how she has grown from a membership of 37 persons in 1894 to approximately 7,000 members today, we can do nothing else but give all glory to God," he declared.

"One of the lessons that certainly stand out during this celebration is the need to be fearless. If we are to walk in the will of the Lord and survive the obstacles, we must have faith and face our fears because the God of Daniel is more than able to take us through. Let us not be trapped by the enemy," he said.