Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church to observe 20th anniversary
Published: May 16, 2013
Methodists from around the country will come together to observe the 20th anniversary of the birth of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church (BCMC) in The Bahamas through the passage of the Methodist Act, which gave the Bahamian Methodist Church the right to govern its own affairs without reference to any external entity. Its passage turned a new page in the history of Bahamian Methodism.
The Spiritual Growth Conference takes place May 22-26 at St. Michael’s Methodist Church in Boyd Subdivision under the theme “Methodists Moving Forward in Christ”, and a sub-theme “Repentance, Forgiveness and Reconciliation”.
“We are sensitive to the needs of the people of The Bahamas and we also know the opportunities that exist for mission and service,” said Reverend Christopher Neely, president of the BCMC. “Coming together will re-energize us to go into the world, as we have been sent by Jesus, to make disciples of all people,” he said.
Rev. David Hooker will speak on repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation at the conference’s opening. Thursday and Friday sessions will also feature workshops by Rev. Hooker.
Rev. James Neilly will also lead workshop sessions on Friday on church growth empowerment. Additionally, Thursday and Friday sessions will also have opportunities for Bible study, worship, small group sessions and fellowship time.
On Saturday, May 25, the conference with families from around the islands will assemble at Queen's College for its FamFest, a day of fun and games, sporting competition which includes a pastors' race and a Junkanoo rush-out. Each team expects to put their best foot forward to claim bragging rights, however, Rev. Neely said that the purpose of the day is to bring the Methodist family together.
The Spiritual Growth Conference closes on Sunday, May 26, with a procession of witnesses and a worship service at Global Village Methodist Church, located in the Queen's College Geoffrey Brown Auditorium. The service begins at 10 a.m. The charge will be given by Rev. Neely, who said he is excited about the prospects for the Methodist Church in The Bahamas.