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The importance of reading cannot be over emphasized.
Though not occurring involuntarily as breathing, reading nonetheless is as vital to scholastic success as breathing is for life and should be given priority. Reading must be artfully nurtured and relentlessly encouraged, especially in young children.
The home is a most valuable partner (MVP) in reading education and a fitting place at which to introduce reading and support reading mastery. Parents have at their disposal a plethora of creative ways in which to capitalize on the activities that they engage in with their child or children. Some ways include but are not limited to:
Modeling the Reading Behavior
Children tend to emulate the habits of significant adults in their lives. This fact makes modeling reading, an efficient method of nurturing great readers. Arlington & Cunningham (2007) assert that “What all children need and some need more of is modeling,explanation and demonstrationof how reading is to be accomplished”.
Parents should let their children see and hear them read often. Reading aloud to children will provide them with a model of how reading sounds and an example of fluency.
This is a time-efficient approach that is useful in developing reading ability in children. It entails labeling familiar objects in and around the home. Children will independently associate the name label with the familiar object. Mastery is attained when the word is recognized in a new setting removed from the point of introduction as in a sentence or paragraph.
Reading to Read
Reading is an activity, so children should read to read. This may be accomplished individually or with peers. The more opportunities to read that are tapped into, the more proficient the child becomes. With reading it is a matter of practice makes perfect. The greater the engagement, the easier reading becomes and the higher the confidence and skill level of the reader rises.
Parents, do your part; do it well, consistently, and passionately. If you need help, investigate resources around you. Remember, God expects us to be effective stewards of the gems He has placed in our care. -Ms.Orencia Ferril, Former Reading Specialist; Bahamas Academy
-Redevelopment of the campsite on Marshall Road is one of the immediate focuses of the South Bahamas Conference. Work is ongoing. Every Sunday, a team is working ardently to realize the desired goal. Volunteers are needed to assist with the effort between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
In March 2018, the Conference Executive Committee voted to have the multipurpose project at the Wulff Road site. This demands upgrading the H D Colburn Gymnatorium to include:
Additional rooms for youth activities
A health and leadership Centre
The upgrade will begin in September 2018. This requires Total Member Involvement. It is our hope to collectively realize ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) weekly to keep the work ongoing. Your constant support of this effort is requested. The following is a brief outline of what is projected in stages, but not necessarily in the order outlined:
Securing the roof.
Air-conditioning the gymnatorium.
Adding a twenty-five to thirty-foot extension to the west of the gym to include a health education unit, a music room that will facilitate the pathfinder band, and conference choir rehearsals.
Adding the McKinney/Scavella Leadership Centre conference rooms.
Extending the balcony to include a partial wrap-around section.
Resurfacing the floor.
Installing proper lighting, audio/media equipment.
Upgrading of windows to hurricane-impact grade.
Upon completion, the multipurpose building will comfortably seat twenty five hundred persons. It will host large conference events inclusive of evangelism campaigns, funerals, concerts, drama events, and graduations. We ask that in the spirit of Total Member Involvement a giving perspective can be realized. Little becomes much when we all do our part.
The FreeDOM clinic is coming to the South Bahamas Conference on July 29 - August 2, 2018! It will be hosted at the Bahamas Academy Grounds on Marshall Road.
The primary focus of the ministry is to meet the needs of our community, especially those who are unable to afford to dental, ophthalmological (eye) and medical care in a private setting. The four days will not be adequate to serve everyone, but every effort will be made to accommodate as many persons as is humanly possible. As Adventists, we are encouraged to remember that we are evangelismand the goal is to let our lights shine during this event. This is evangelism at its best and your cooperation and support of the organizers and security officers are welcomed. Let us at all times reflect Christ as we seek to serve the wider community.
The Freedom Clinic is seeking Adventist business sponsors or member donations to assist with the success of this event. Persons interested in helping, may contact the treasury department. Kindly make your contributions to South Bahamas Conference. Attention: FreeDOM Clinic Bahamas. -Pastor Paul Scavella
2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, July 15 - 21, 2018 is: Facilities for Sabbath Services.-Pastor Peter Joseph, Prayer Coordinator
Qualified persons may apply for the following positions for the 2018 - 2019 school year:
Minimum Candidate Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree and Teacher’s Certificate.
Candidates may download the application form from the conference website at southbahamasconference.org and submit the completed application form along with copies of professional degrees and resume to THE CHAIRMAN, SEARCH COMMITTEE, 135 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, Nassau, Bahamas or mail/email the completed application form, copies of professional degrees, and resume to THE CHAIRMAN, SEARCH COMMITTEE, P.O. BOX N-356, Nassau, Bahamasfirstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 30, 2018.
The committee reserves the right to reject the application of any or all applicants. -Office of Education
The Inter-American Division – Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries (ASI) Convention 2018 is slated to convene on August 5 - 13, 2018 in Cancun, Mexico. If you plan to join this venture by faith, you need to reserve your space NOW! We are operating on a first come first served basis.
The ASI executive committee is encouraging all churches to sponsor at least two members of smaller churches or up to five members of larger churches for this event. Contact any of the ASI executive leaders below:
Ian Greene: 556-0492, or Shandera Smith: 428-4251.-Elder Ian Greene, ASI President
Third Quarter (July -September)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) - at a glance:
GEMS summer textbook drive (ongoing)
WM Summer Sharing - During the month of July, each zone will do a special act of hospitality to “at home and sick” members, from a sister zone.
EnditNow Focus – Date and Venue to TBA
29th: “God Covers Me” – Date and Venue TBA
Zone 2 Community outreach – Prison Visit
GEMS Safety Awareness Program - TBA
Under the theme, “Because I Care”, the North Bahamas Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport Grand Bahama, on October 19-21, 2018 with guest
speaker, Sharon Platt-McDonald. Kindly see your local leader for further details. Please also note that the registration deadline has been extended.Please see Dwight Brown at the South Bahamas Conference office to pay registration fee and note that all hotel and travel reservations are to be done by the registrant.-Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director
The Agape Seventh-day Adventist Church is in need of a pianist. Kindly refer your interest to Pastor Carl Johnson at 341-4021.-Sister Kimoye Immanuel, Agape
Berea: July 23-27 ~ Mon. to Thurs. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Living Faith: July 9-21 ~ 9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon
Philadelphia: July 16-20 ~ 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. -Cham Department
ACKLINS HEALTH AND WELLNESS INREACH/OUTREACH
Under the theme, “I Choose to Live Healthy”, the Health Ministries director of the South Bahamas Conference, Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix along with Ms. Donna Moss, traveled to Acklins on May 30 - June 2, to facilitate a health emphasis inreach/outreach with the Lovely Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Upon arrival, blood screening and individual consultations for church members were done. The focus for Thursday was on the Salina Point community with the assistance of Nurse Judy Ducatel. On Friday morning, presentation and screening were done at the Snug Corner Primary School. A cooking class and presentation were done at the Lovely Bay Church on Friday evening. Individuals from the community and church were in attendance.
After empowering persons from the length and breadth of Acklins, they have committed to take better care of their body temples. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director
Please donate your child's "old" school shoes that are in good condition and has more life and wear in them. Collected shoes will be donated to persons in need for the new school term. Shoes can be dropped at the Berea SDA Church on any Sunday during Pathfinders, Sabbath or Wednesday evening services until the 19 August, 2018. We will also have a drop box at the upcoming Camp Meeting. Please give only what you would like to receive. New Shoes and donations welcomed. Thank you. For more information, contact Dr. Monique Mitchell at 802-3668 or at email@example.com.
Let’s continue movement! Join us every Sunday except the first Sunday in the month for overall rejuvenation. The route is Goodman's Bay to Sandyport and back. We encourage participation from all churches. At the end of the year, the church with the greatest participation will be recognized. Bring along some water and a fruit. -Mrs. Nathelyn LaCroix
Our profound thanks to the moderator, participants, judges, CHAM leaders, parents, and members for the grand support given to our children at the CHAM Fest held at the Living Faith Church on Sabbath, July 7, 2018.
The following children/adolescents received awards:
1.BARR, B’Anthony - Grant’s Town
2.DAVID, Damani - Hillview
3.FORBES, Dejanae - Agape
4.JOHNSON, Kezia - New Englerston
5.LUNDY, Dymonde - Hillview
6.MCCOY, Makali - Grant’s Town
7.MEADOWS, Sergio - Grant’s Town
8.PERPALL, Daniel - Grant’s Town
9.WOOD, Joshelyn - Living Faith
The South Bahamas Conference pathfinders under the theme, Camp Refreshwill hold a camp on July 15 - 22, 2018 at Bahamas Academy which is located on Marshall Road. Application forms are available at the Conference Headquarters and from your local club director. You do not want to miss this experience!-Brother Patrick Wilson Jr., Pathfinder Director
The South Bahamas Conference-wide youth evangelistic Campaign, Y10 ReBIRTH, will be held at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 11-25, 2018 at 6:30 nightly.
Speakers: Gary Blanchard, youth director of the General Conference; Michael Toote, Jnr., SBC youth; and Andre’ Campbell, pastor of the Elm Seventh-day Adventist Church in Florida.
All churches are asked to prepare for this evangelistic encounter. -Pastor Larry Green, Youth Ministries Director
Have a blessed Sabbath!
Work in progress. Return here for updates January 3.
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