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As the Inter-American Division and the Atlantic Caribbean Union prepare for the grand Lord Transform Me Campaigns, the South Bahamas Conference launches the evangelistic lay training at the Living Faith Church on Wednesday, September 5 to Sabbath, September 8, 2018. See below:
Members are urged to dress in their church T-shirts on Sabbath afternoon.
All roads lead to the Living Faith Church for five powerful training sessions/services that will stir hearts and expose minds to the transforming power of God that is able to do more than we could ever ask or think. Let us pray as we prepare for great exploits in 2019.
Pastor Asha-Dane Duncan (Photo), Assistant Personal Ministries Director
On Wednesday night, August 29, 2018, almost 250 parents and school children packed the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church for a special prayer service for school children entitled "God Covers Me." Believing that the time in which we live dictates that we intentionally and consistently cover our children, their parents and teachers in fervent prayer daily, the Women’s, Prayer, Education, and Children and Adolescent Ministries worked together to have this special prayer service to start the new school year.
Below are photos of the event taken by Michelle Green of Media Department.
Starting the school year with well-maintained facilities and sturdy structures will help your students and staff begin on the right foot. It is also a great way to see what, if any, equipment or machinery needs to be replaced or fixed. Use this Back-to-School Safety Guide to help you take advantage of the last couple weeks before classes resume, and the halls are filled again with young learners.
A Sturdy Foundation: Preparing School Grounds
Start with the foundation and prepare your school grounds for the return of students. With the help of your staff, check all parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, fields, and stairs. These areas often receive the most wear and tear throughout the school year. Worn or deteriorated areas can cause injury if they are not smooth, sturdy, and obstacle-free. As your staff assists in the review, make notes of any cracks, holes, or loose rails that need to be fixed or replaced before the school year begins.
This is also an excellent time to address any loose or broken pieces of playground and sports equipment. Make sure all playground equipment is safe for use and spaced far enough apart for children to play without becoming injured. For sporting equipment, verify that there is a place for locking up loose items when not in use. This precaution can prevent theft or injury of a student using the equipment after hours and without supervision.
Parents and Student Orientation
The orientation and welcome meeting with parents and students is an excellent opportunity to address crucial elements of student safety and answer any questions parents may have. Additionally, this is when your staff could introduce any new policies or regulations that will come into effect during the new year. Consider also emailing or providing printouts of essential forms for distribution to the parents to help them prepare ahead of time. You can also direct parents to the school website to find these forms in the future. Confirm that current forms are uploaded to the website and easily accessible.
Remind parents of the importance of informing the school of any allergies, special conditions, or medications for their child. This information should be on file by the time the school year begins to allow staff to properly attend to the child should an incident occur. Remind parents to update emergency contact information, so school officials know whom to contact in the case of an incident.
Review drop-off and pick-up practices for parents. Parents should know the locations where it is acceptable to drop off their child. Is the drop-off only at the front entrance of the school? Is there a secondary entrance supervised by school staff to ensure the safe arrival of students? Parents should also make sure the school has an updated, approved list of names and contact information to whom the school is allowed to release the child. These details will help prevent any issues throughout the school year if a child needs to be picked up by someone other than a parent.
If parents plan to have their child drive to school themselves, make sure to review your school’s policy on student drivers. Are there any particular forms or permissions that need to be acquired by the school before the start of the year? Is there a specific section of the parking lot where student drivers must park? Do you have an identification sticker that all student drivers must have on their car for security purposes?
Address similar questions for any parent who plans to have their child cycle or walk to school. Both parent and student drivers should be alert and aware of walkers and cyclists while waiting in the drop-off line or when parking their cars. Inform parents of any designated areas for cyclists to lock their bikes. It might also be a good idea to ask parents to inform the school of whether their child will walk, drive, or cycle to school each day.
If parents plan to have their child ride the bus to school, review pick-up and drop-off guidelines for the bus as well as the specified routes for your school.
Prep, Review, Repeat
Now that your school grounds, parents, and students are ready for the start of the school year, it is time to create a plan to maintain a safe environment throughout the year. Maintenance checks and self-inspections are two critical elements to minimizing incidents, losses, and catching a potential hazard before it occurs. To get started, use ARM’s School Self-Inspection Form to conduct maintenance checks twice a year and after any major storms or weather events.
This material is fact based general information provided by Adventist Risk Management®, Inc. and should not, under any circumstances, be modified or changed without prior permission. It should not be considered specific legal advice regarding a particular matter or subject. Please consult your local attorney or risk manager if you would like to discuss how a local jurisdiction handles specific circumstances you may be facing.
We are happy to inform you that the Conference Committee has voted to purchase a new radio transmitter for WORD SBC 88.3 FM at the initial cost of $8,000 US. It will be a 3,500 Watts stereo transmitter. The previous transmitter was 1,350 Watts. Kindly be patient with us because it will take a few weeks before we receive the new transmitter and it is installed. We also have the blessing to purchase a new radio tower at a later date. Note that you can still hear our station on TuneIn
The following photos were taken by John Garcia on Sabbath, August 25, 2018, at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, Prince Charles Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas at the Y10 Rebirth Annual Evangelistic Series by the South Bahamas Conference Youth Department. Pastor Gary Blanchard, Youth Director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist was the weekend speaker.
World Youth Leader of the Adventist Church (center without a jacket) arrives in Nassau for Y10
World Youth Leader courtesy call to the Govenor-General
Photos below were taken on August 15, 2018 featuring Pastor Andrea Campbell from Florida, USA
Photos taken by Peresha Ferguson, Media Team Volunteer. Event: Y10 Rebirth 2018 on Tuesday, August 13, 2018 at the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church, Prince Charles Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas. The speaker was Michael Toote, Jr.
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