November 11, 2012
The South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists held its first Sabbath School Congress, November 2 - 4, 2012, at the Hillview S.D.A. Church. Pastor Samuel Telemaque, Sabbath School Director of the InterAmerican Division, officiated and held several training sessions as he emphasized/demonstrated the importance of the Sabbath School to the church. He further demonstrated a concept called the vertical and the horizontal view, which in essence states that when the spiritual (vertical) relationship is established and nurtured, then the social aspect (horizontal) will be fostered.
This event was coordinated by the Sabbath School Department of the S.B.C. Conference, under the leadership of Pastor Wilfred Adderley, Sabbath School Director, and assisted by Mrs. Patrice Williams-Gordon, Special Events Coordinator for the South Bahamas Conference. Assistance was also given by the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists.
Approximately 154 persons received Awards for 10 – 39, and 40 - 50+ years of Service to the Sabbath School.. An additional 300 persons, including members from the family islands, will receive their awards in the near future. Six churches received the Innovation Award and 10 persons received outstanding leadership awards.
On Sabbath morning under the theme: Model Sabbath School: Millennium-year One, a very innovative and informative dramatization highlighted the concept that Jesus had returned and taken His Church to heaven for the 1,000 years.
At the Divine Service Pastor Telemaque’s presentation on “The Word” taken from Isaiah 6:1-8 emphasized the power of God, displayed through His word and vision to Isaiah, which demonstrated the vertical relationship that changed Isaiah from an unclean man to a holy vessel. God then desired to use Isaiah to carry His message of warning and love to the Nation of Israel; this is the horizontal aspect of relationship.
The service ended with an appeal for recommitment to God and Sabbath School Evangelism. The theme song for the congress, “Transformed by His Power” was composed by Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright.