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Don’t worry about a thing - Members at Four Path United Church urged to be the change

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:49 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston

FOUR PATHS, Clarendon:

The late great reggae singer Bob Marley’s words were used to reassure the Four Paths United Church congregation at a service to launch its 185th anniversary.

“Don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is gonna be all right,” Rev Donald Williams from the Port Maria United Church said on Sunday.

Williams also had a word for those who love to look on the negative side of life by uttering the words “nutten nah gwaan yah fi mi”.

“My brothers and sisters, whole heap a things a gwaan yah,” he said, with the encouraging words that members of the church should play their part in contributing to the society.

Beginnings

The Four Paths United Church, located in Clarendon, first opened its doors in 1834 and prides itself on fulfilling its missionary mandate through its many outreach programmes, which have been impacting residents in the community.

Stalwarts who gave from their personal resources were hailed for their contributions over the years, with the encouragement for others to follow in their footsteps.

In celebration of the 185th anniversary, the church will be hosting a list of year-long activities that will include a harvest celebration, a concert of choirs, a memorial service, a banquet, and a forum that will put human trafficking under the microscope.

In giving the history of the church, Elder Daudrie Powell said that the church had always played a pivotal role in the community.

Powell also reminisced on the time when the choir was regarded as one of the best in the world.

She also took pride in stating that the church was in “good company” as it was launched in the same year thatThe Gleaner was established and slavery was abolished.

Among those who turned out to celebrate the church’s milestone were Custos of Clarendon William Shagoury, Dr Omar Davies, Councillor Joel Williams, Noel Arscott, and the Rev Garry Knowles, Chairman of the May Pen Ministers’ Fraternal.

The church, which has seen a change of 26 ministers over the years, is now being pastored by the Rev Anthony Wallace.