Church marks anniversary by honouring others
St Thomas Ye Vale Anglican Church in Bog Walk, St Catherine celebrated its 177 years of existence recently, by awarding some businesses, organisations and individuals for years of philanthropic and leadership services to the community.
Established in 1839, the month- long celebration to mark this milestone in the church history started on July 3 with a launch event, and culminated with an awards banquet.
Rector of the church, Reverend Father Ronald Keane-Dawes said the church has integrated itself in the community over the years reaching out through educational initiatives.
"We have established a remedial school for students at the primary and high school levels who have not been doing well," he told Rural Xpress.
"We have special volunteers doing Saturday classes with students to help them improve their educational standards."
Keane-Dawes highlighted the establishment of a prison ministry as a significant step in the church's outreach endeavour, while pledging the continued support of the church in community life.
"The work and the mission of the church will advance positively the welfare, growth and development in all vital areas of community life, especially for the children," he declared.
Special awards were given to pastor Alexander Clayton for his faithful and committed years of Christian leadership in the ecumenical community and educational institutions.
David McConnell and Pauline Ramsahai were awarded for outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic services to the church.
Nestle Jamaica, Tulloch Estates, and Food For The Poor were also honoured.