Good News spreads the Word
PORTMORE, St Catherine:
Traditionally, evangelical churches placed emphasis on the saving of souls as their primary function.
The idea that churches can be integrated into mainstream society and focus also on the social agenda of the communities in which they operate is a phenomenon that has taken a different meaning in modern day society.
Delroy Willis, pastor of Good News Assemblies in Braeton, Portmore said the church, in addition to its primary function must impact the lives of the people in the community where it is situated.
The Braeton community recently turned out to celebrate the first anniversary of the church, an occasion which saw persons singing, shouting and worshipping.
Willis said the church underwent a name change a year ago and it has had a positive effect on the congregation.
"We are fortunate to have an active set of members who make worship much easier. We want to expand the church and impact more persons around the area," Willis said.
He said in fostering the area of social intervention, the church also offers blood sugar and other medical tests every fourth Sunday.
"The Church is an integral part of the community's spiritual fulfilment, so that is why we have to celebrate," Willis said.
Members of the church told Family & Religion that the institution has supported the community in a holistic way.
"This is a very good addition to the Braeton community. I started here two years ago, and now other family members are worshipping here," said one member.
To show appreciation, Willis gave a number of senior members certificates of recognition.
He said the church has a breakfast programme where members are given a meal after each Sunday service.
"I think that the Lord would wants us to encourage his servants, so the certificate symbolises our appreciation to the work of God," Willis said.