Atlantic Caribbean Union

Festival of the Laity Begin in TCIM

Festivals of the Laity Begin in TCIM
Pastor Roy Lindsay,
Communication Director TCIM


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various Festivals of the Laity throughout the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) got off to a dynamic start when the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission (TCIM) held its Festival of the Laity from September 6-7, 2013. Under the theme “Fired Up, Reaching Out, Bringing In,” the Mission was honored to have Pastor Melchor Ferreyra, Personal Ministries Director of the Inter-American Division (IAD) as guest speaker for the event along with Pastor Al Powell, Personal Ministries Director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. The event began on Friday evening September 6, 2013 at the Blue Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church on the island of Providenciales and then shifted to the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Island of Grand Turk Island for Sabbath morning, September 7, 2013.

It was the very first Festival of the Laity held in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and so the excitement and anticipation were high as Pastor Ferreyra challenged and charged the members with his message. Expounding on Isaiah’s vision of God sitting on His throne, in Isaiah chapter 6, Pastor Ferreyra told members that when God forgives us of our sins, He gives us vision, mission, strategy, values, and a road map to live by. These points resonated with the membership and were the buzz words on their lips during the weekend. Encouraging the laity to continue to press forward, and to march onward in God’s grace, Ferrreya added that “I have never seen an army marching backwards; armies march forward.”

During the meetings, each district shared with the congregation what was being done in the community and the many souls that were won to the kingdom of God as God blessed the work of the laity. A number of lay persons were recognized and awarded for their work in their respective churches and the communities. Elder Osias Joseph of the Five Cays Seventh-day Adventist Church who was recognized for his outstanding work in evangelism, church leadership and growth as well as community development, was selected as the most outstanding lay person in the mission. Other awardees were: Marjorie Bassett, who was chosen as the first runner -up lay person; Tracy-Ann Blythe - female preacher; Jerry Cadeus - youth preacher; Joshua Daniel - child preacher; Hilly Ewing - pioneer layperson; and Reinford Trail - non-ministerial worker.
The convention style event which highlighted the work of the laity in evangelism, community service, and leadership culminated at the Maranatha High School Auditorium in Providenciales on Sabbath afternoon, September 7, 2013.

The Festivals of the Laity will continue throughout the union in the both the North and South Bahamas Conferences from September 27-29, 2013. One of the featured events for Sabbath September 28, 2013 throughout IAD and ATCU is the baptismal ceremony that will be conducted by elders who have prepared candidates for baptism. The final Festival of the Laity for ATCU will be held in the Cayman Islands Conference from October 4-5, 2013. During this occasion the Atlantic Caribbean Union will recognize various laypersons from throughout its territory, as we continue to celebrate year of the laity.