226th Congregation Organized in West Jamaica Conference

  •   Shadeka Haye-Campbell
  •  Friday, November 26, 2021

On Sabbath, November 20, 2021, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ocean Heights, became the 226th congregation to be organized in the West Jamaica Conference. This final step in the process comes after more than seven (7) years of being recognized as a Sabbath School and then as a Company. Pastor Donovan Williams, Executive Secretary of the Conference, officiated at the service.

The congregation started as a Sabbath School under the leadership of Pastor Laundale Munroe who, along with the Elders, Leaders, and members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lilliput, recognized the community was ripe for harvest. The recommendation for Ocean Heights Sabbath School to become an organized congregation was voted by the Lilliput Church (Mother church), and accepted by the Executive Committee of the Conference.

The momentous occasion was a fitting culmination to the effort of church members and a joyous moment for the congregation of 104 members. In preparation for the organization ceremony, renovation works were effected on the church building to include a newly built Pastor’s Vestry and additional bathrooms. Pastor Euzel Parkes who currently shepherds the Lilliput District, thanked all involved for their efforts.

“We say thanks to all members, stakeholders and sponsors for the love and support that you have given and still continue to give. To the hardworking team from Ocean Heights...this is your place- that under God’s leading and your unwavering faith, will be declared a church today.”
“Even though we’re not where we would have wanted to be, today we can say thank God, we have come this far by faith,” Pastor Parkes added.

In speaking to those in attendance, Pastor Donovan Williams emphasized the importance of prayer in the lives of the members of the newly organized congregation.
“I am charging you to prioritize prayer and make it a part of all that you do especially when you confront challenges. There is still power in prayer,” Williams ended.

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