Serving the North Bahama Islands
ABACO, GRAND BAHAMA, BIMINI & BERRY ISLANDS
OUR NEWS BLOG
By the communication departments of the North Bahamas Conference/ North Abaco Church
“Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit, saith the Lord” was the heart’s cry of the leaders of the Marsh Harbour Seventh-day Adventist Church, the mther church, as she stretched her arms to encircle the entire community of Abaco. She always had a vision to extend her reach in the northern part of the district. The initial stages of the vision became a reality in February 1997, when a Branch Sabbath School was started in the Cooper’s Town area of North Abaco.
Over the years, through the sacrifice, commitment and dedication of the various pastors, and members of the Abaco district, the Cooper’s Town Branch Sabbath School, was formed into a company. Subsequently in 2005, the Cooper’s Town Company was officially organized into the North Abaco Seventh-day Adventist Church. On Sunday May 1, 2016, another milestone was achieved in life of the North Abaco Church, as its edifice was dedicated to honour and glory of God.
The administration and directors from both the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) and the North Bahamas Conference (NBC), members from throughout the island of Abaco, along with invited guests gathered at the church located in Blackwood, North Abaco, for the official dedication service. In his message to the congregants, Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of ATCU, reminisced about the challenges and prejudices that existed during the early days of the church in Abaco. Using the Biblical account of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, he then challenged the members of the church to always treat everybody as Christ would.
Pastor Henry R. Moncur, president of the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists lead out in the dedication litany while Pastor Peter Kerr, executive secretary of ATCU, prayed the prayer of consecration. At the conclusion of the service, Pastor Leonard Johnson, along with Elder Roger Sands, the first elder of the North Abaco Church and his wife Peggy Sands, unveiled the commemorative plague. Roger and Peggy Sands were two of the initial members, who lead out the Branch Sabbath School and stuck with the years throughout the many years.
The North Abaco Church in one of five Seventh- day Adventist congregations on the island of Abaco. Already the church has the mindset of expansion and church growth as it has extended its outreach further north into the Mount Hope Community of Abaco.
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