Scores turn out for Faith United Christmas treat
Scores of children and adults came out for the fun and excitement that were on offer at the annual Christmas treat hosted by the Faith United Church of God International in the Mandela Terrace Community, St Andrew.
In fact, Sunday, December 20, was a day of family togetherness as the parents also participated in the festivities.
Laughter and loud cheers greeted the many activities, whether it was the bun-eating contest, the soda-drinking contest, the Digicel phone card treasure hunt, add-the-credit, or the Bible quiz. Indeed, it was one fun-filled activity after another.
The Christmas treat was made even more exciting with all the giveaways of toys, gifts, loot bags, Digicel phone cards, and other spot prizes and surprises, not to mention the food, ice cream, and refreshments.
The church members were not to be left out as for the first time, Faith United hosted a Long Service and Dedication Awards ceremony to honour its committed members.
Pastor Charles Francis gave special thanks to the many sponsors, who, each year, help to give the children of the inner-city community an enjoyable Christmas.
Sponsors this year included Digicel, Headline Entertainment, and several friends, relatives, and well-wishers from Jamaica and overseas.
"Every year, more and more persons turn out for our Christmas treat. It is such a blessing to know that the community looks forward to it each year and that we can always rely on our sponsors to ensure its success by their kind and generous donations. May they forever enjoy the abundance of God's blessings!" said Francis.
"I don't think there is anything that can quite compare to the joy you feel watching the children enjoy themselves so much, hearing their laughter, and seeing that look on their face that stays there for the whole day. It really is a priceless moment."
He added, "I can safely say, this year, a lot more persons came out, but God in His wisdom ensured that everyone got a treat and had quite an enjoyable day."