Youth, Free Youth Mind for Greater Service.
Lead article by Ghia Morley
It is very important to bring awareness of one of the most subtle yet powerful prisons there is - and that is the prison of the mind.
Indeed the chains have been removed from our feet but only to be placed on our minds - the way we view ourselves, our interactions with each other, the limitations we place on ourselves, the things we can do, the places we can go and even the thoughts we can conceive.
Fellow youth and my brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a saying that goes like this, ‘if we do not know our past then we will more than likely end up repeating it’.
But we do know our past, we do know where we have come from and it is now time to truly begin the process of mental liberation.
It hurts me to hear a young person say “I cannot do it”, “I’m not cut out for this”, “It is impossible” or “My mother (father) did this..” as if it is inevitable that they do the same.
No! I refused to accept that! We are made in the image and likeness of God and should carry ourselves as such. To associate wealth, education, or success as only something attainable to certain community of persons is a prison cell that is small, cold, dark and hopeless. The Bible writer was accurate when he said that we must "be transformed by the renewing of our minds"(Romans 12:2). It is in our minds that we shape our destinies, determine who we are and what we will be and dream to one day go to places far beyond anything that we could see or think of.
I challenge us all to take a look in the mirror and examine our areas of construction - for change must first begin within ourselves. We must seek the God of wisdom and life to direct the path we must follow. Once the character of God is perfected in us, we are now enabled to bring about new life and restoration.
No more chains, no more shackles, no more whips, no more fear.
If you can conceive it, you can achieve it and you WILL achieve it in God’s power. The sky is the limit.
Mrs. Ghia Morley, Berea Adventist Youth. This article was adjusted from speech submitted in the Sandilands Speech Competition 2019 on Mental Health Awareness.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
HURRICANE PREPARATION/DRUG AWARENESS MONTH
3-5: II Family Island Youth Congress & ACLASS (South Andros)
4: Elders, Deacons, & Deaconesses Mix and Mingle
4: Mission Transform 242: Local church AY to Visit & Share care packages on Hospital Wards
4: Joint AY Social
12: MOTHER’S DAY
18: Youth Volleyball Season
19: Sabbath School Training Lower Division Teachers (CHAM Dept.)
22: IAD Training for Youth Leaders (Cancun)
20-22: Annual Adventist Media Pledge-A-Thon
23: SBC Executive Committee Meeting
25: World Day of Prayer for Children at Risk
26: God’s Beloved Daughters
29: ATCU Mid-year Symposium
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ACTION PASTORAL ADJUSTMENT
Pastor Lynden Williams – New Englerston Church
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
2019 Reaping Campaigns in ATCU: The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, April 28 – May 4, 2019 is: Grandfathers.
ADVENTIST BOOK & NUTRITION CENTER
The ABNC is having a sale on handbooks for Deacons, Deaconess's, Elder's and also on Church Manuals. Don’t miss these savings.
Mrs. Tania Nomafo, Assistant Manager
BIBLE STUDIES BEING OFFERED
There will be Bible study classes held on Sunday’s @ 7:00 PM at the Real Harvest Church beginning April 28. Initial subjects to be discussed this quarter include: The Sanctuary, Sabbath, Seal of God, State of the Dead, Spirit of Prophecy, Second Coming, Salvation.
Future topics include: How to study a Biblical book (The book of Revelation will be used as a template), themes in the gospel of John and methods in using Bible software to maximize your study.
Questions and queries are to be sent to [email protected] --Pastor Lynden Williams, Bible Studies Coordinator.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Save The Date: April 28, 2019 - VBS Workshop at the Good News Church. All Vacation Bible School personnel/volunteers are invited to attend this exciting workshop in JAMII KINGDOM – 9:30a.m. – 11:30a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.
Sunday May 19, 2019 - Sabbath School Lower Division Teachers Workshop. Learn innovative and practical ways to involve the children in your Sabbath School class. Revisit techniques to build attendance and support for this area of the CHAM department. Watch Here For Venue.
The C.H.A.M. Weekend Retreat will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the Adventure Learning Center Camp Grounds under the theme “TREASURE HUNT... Finding all you need in Jesus”. It will be a time of fun, fellowship and spiritual enrichment for our children ages 7 – 14 years. Registration begun Monday April 15, 2019 to Wednesday May 15, 2019. For more information, call 341-4021, see the conference website or enquire about details from your local leaders. --Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
Openings at Bahamas Academy
Bahamas Academy is accepting applications for the following positions:
- Grades 7 – 9: Mathematics, Technical Drawing, General Science, English Literature, English Language, Social Studies
- Grades 10 – 12: Accounts, Commerce, Biology, Combined Science, Physics, Chemistry
Applicants should possess at least a bachelor’s degree in the subject area and have a Teacher’s Certificate. Teaching experience would be an asset.
Applications can be emailed to [email protected],org or sent to the following address:
The Office of Education
South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist
P. O. Box N-356
Anthony Burrows, Education Director
HEALTH MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
Eight Weeks to Wellness Graduation: You are all invited to attend the 2019 Eight Weeks to Wellness graduation on April 29th at 6.30p.m at the gym on the former Bahamas Academy campus, on Wulff Road.
Quarterly Meeting: Health leaders are asked to attend a meeting on May 14, 2019 from 6: 00p.m - 7: 00p.m at the SBC headquarters. Please confirm your attendance by calling 826-8486.
Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Director
Adventist Health Professionals Association FREE Pre-Mothers Day Event: Are you looking for a clean fun-filled event? The Adventist Health Professionals Association in conjunction with the Health and Safety Committee of the University of the Bahamas will be hosting a Pre-Mother's Day production and health presentation under the theme " Signs of the Change".
Come and enjoy the laughter, fun and facts about experiences with pre-menopause and menopause. Date: May 9th, 2019. Time: 6:30p.m. Venue: Harry C. Moore Auditorium, UB. RSVP by April 30th. Phone: 455-2373. --
Rosemary Cooper, President, AHPA
MEN’S MINISTRY DEPARTMENT
Sunday May 5, 2019 - Campsite Cleanup Day. We will begin at 7:00a.m with breakfast and continue until 12:00 noon. All men and boys of our conference are requested to be in attendance. Please bring your work tools - cutlasses, rakes, lawnmowers, weed wackers, chainsaws, pickaxes, shovels, gloves and wheel barrels among other items. You are also asked to bring your cup, bowl and spoon.
Tuesday May 7, 2019 - Men's Meeting, 6p.m at SBC Headquarters. All Men’s leaders and assistants are invited to join us.
Second Quarter (April - June)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) Q2 Forecast:
17-19 North & South Eleuthera Women’s Weekend
18 – New Providence Women’s Ministries “Bus-Sing Along” Vesper Service
25 – Stevens Long Island WM, War Room Movie Night
25 – SBC WM “God in Shoes” Community Impact
8 – SBC Women’s Ministries & GEMS Emphasis Day
8 – South Andros Women’s Weekend & GEMS Induction
8 – New Providence Women & GEMS Bowling Face-off Sunset, Mario’s Bowling Alley
Special Note: Anyone interested in traveling for the Family Island weekend events please call and give your name and contact to Ms. T’nee Moss at the South Bahamas Conference Office at 341-4021.
Save the Date! Under the theme, “In Christ”, the Turks & Caicos Conference will be hosting the Atlantic Caribbean Union’s Retreat. This amazing retreat will convene at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa in Turks & Caicos on November 1-3, 2019 with guest speaker, Janice Johnson-Browne. Kindly see your local leader for further details. Please also note that the registration deadline is August 31, 2019. --Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
PERSONAL MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
All local Personal Ministry councils are notified of a very important planning session on Sunday April 28, 2019 at SBC headquarters. Your efforts are appreciated!
Pastor Peter Joseph, Personal Ministries Director
South Bahamas Conference Pathfinder Camporee
Thursday June 27- Sunday June 30, 2019
TYPE OF CAMPOREE: Disciplinary Skills
VENUE: Bahamas Youth Camp
THEME: “TIME TO STAND” (#TTS)
THEME CHARACTER: Book of Esther
THEME TEXT: Esther 4:14
This Camporee is a spring board to the Atlantic Caribbean Union Camporee for 2020.
REGISTER WITH YOUR LOCAL PATHFINDER CLUB DIRECTOR!!!!!!
Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director
GOOD NEWS CHURCH
Harmonious Praise Ministers
Join us in a Celebration of Praise with Harmonious Praise on April 27, 2019 during the 11a.m. service. It will be an inspirational time that you won’t want to miss.
At 6 p.m - AY presents Words of Encouragement From the Cross- 7 Last Sayings of Jesus at Calvary. Featured musical artists: Harold Dorsett, AVE’, Voices for Him & more.
HILLVIEW CHURCH 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Among the activities to be held at the church:
- Friday April 26 – Family Vesper Service – 7p.m
- Sabbath April 27, 2019 – Guest Divine Service Speaker, Pastor Wintley Phipps, 11a.m
- AY Musical Concert “Celebration of Praise”, 5:30p.m
- Sunday April 28 – Honorees Awards Gala Banquet at the British Colonial Hilton. For further information
- call 361-8683.
Dr. Shaneeta Johnson, MD, is pleased to offer a full-tuition scholarship for one student to attend Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists for Grades 10-12. The scholarship is competitive, academic and need-based. Students who are presently in Grade 9 from public or private schools may apply. Application forms are available at Bahamas Academy on Marshall Road, or the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Tonique Williams Highway. Application deadline is April 30th, 2019.
Skip The Dishes: A cook out will be held to aid in the medical expenses of Ms. Sirilia Exalus on Sunday April 28, 2019. An assortment of dishes will be on sale. Serve some love by supporting our family. For further details, please call 446-6281.
Please Email Weekly AnnouncementsTo: [email protected]
Conference website: http://southbahamasconference.org