Atlantic Caribbean Union

NBC Celebrates Festival of the Laity

NBC Celebrates Festival of the Laity
Communication Department, North Bahamas Conference

The North Bahamas Conference celebrated it’s Festival of the Laity in grand style on Sabbath afternoon, September 28, 2013. Churches from throughout the island of Grand Bahama, some led by their bands, and all arrayed in the various colors of their local church, assembled at the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church to give God praise for the work of the laity in the Grand Bahama district.

Over 150 persons received service, evangelism, and leadership awards for the diligent efforts given to their local churches and the communities. A highlight of the afternoon was the awarding of the female preacher medallion of the Atlantic Caribbean Union to Elder Arleen Sands. Elder Sands conducted a lay crusade at the Freeport Seventh-day Adventist Church, earlier in the year. In addition, earlier in the day, Elder Sands conducted her first baptism. This was in connection with the Year of Laity baptismal celebration by elders.

In attendance for the occasion was Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of the Atlantic Caribbean Union. In his charge to the laity, Pastor Kerr challenged them to commit themselves to greater service. He reminded the audience that “despite the challenges that we face, the cross of Christ is our rallying cry to go on in our labours for God, knowing that God will reward us in due season for our commitment.”

The members of the North Bahamas Conference left “Festival of the Laity 2013” on a high note, committed to going back to their communities and to make a difference.