17 Nov 2018 | SLM Staff
130 years of Adventism continues to loom large on the hearts and minds of those who witnessed the celebrations. The truth is that, on a daily basis, the populace of the twin-island state is continually touched by the services that the church continually offers, services that affect persons along the entire journey of life.
Children are educated from zero to approximately sixteen years of age through the churches Early Childhood Development Center, the two Primary Schools and the SDA Secondary School. After Secondary School the church operates an extension campus, through the University of the Southern Caribbean, where tertiary level education is offered. This is extremely attractive for persons who desire to work and study at the same time.
The IADPA bookstore, previously known as the Adventist Book Center (ABC), offers healthy alternatives for those who wish to practice a healthier lifestyle. Located on Nevis Street, in Antigua, it offers vegetarian health foods along with supplements, nuts and grains. The health food store also offers a wide variety of books and other reading material, which are spiritually uplifting.
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The SDA Credit Union offers financial services and advice to those who may need funds to further their education, build a home, do home repairs, or simply go on vacation. The capable staff, led by
All of these wonderful services along with the various ministries of the church were highlighted in two significant ways during the anniversary celebrations. From Monday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 several booths were set up to highlight the significant ministries and services of the church. The SDA Credit Union, the IADPA Book Store, along with representatives from the various schools, were all on hand to display their services and share what they offered with anyone who wanted to know. Along with these booths were the various ministries of the South Leeward Mission to include: Youth, Publishing, Community Services, Family Life and Education. The booths were beautifully laid out and the services were excellent.. The Stewardship and Audit Department offered lectures on critical areas such as: how to prepare a living will and testimony and understating social security. Bankers were also on hand to give advice concerning the ins and outs of money management.
On Sabbath, November 3rd, 2018, another amazing display of the church's services and ministries were highlighted as the islands Seventh-day Adventist Community took to the streets of the city of St. Johns in a grand mega-march. The march began at the Seventh-day Adventist School on Mary E. Pigott Road, made its way through the city of St. John's, including the main city street, known as Market Street or Scotts Row, and then made it's way back to the School Grounds.
It was a powerful witness! The beat of the Drum Corps, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's youth Ministries, announced to the city that the Seventh-day Adventist community was passing through. The church highlighted all that God had done through their ministries and services over the years. Each platoon highlighted some aspect of the church. Community Services, Youth, the LOVE & CARE ministry, the Education Department and the little toddlers, of the Early Childhood Development Center, all lifted their banners and shouted their positive messages. As they marched through the city centre it drew the attention of hundreds of onlookers. It was a sight to behold, as the Acting Police Commissioner, Atley Rodney, took the eyes right from the various groups.
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