Bermuda Conference Receives Community Service Award
“In as much as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me.” These words of Jesus epitomize the work of the Community Services departments that were honored at a recent community service awards banquet held at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in January.
This year Cablevision, a community sensitive company, which believes in giving back to the public, focused its attention on the less fortunate people of our society, namely the homeless. These homeless groups are becoming a growing concern on the island. Cablevision highlighted the Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with the Salvation Army, for its feeding programs for the homeless. Four of our 11 congregations have reached out to the community in this way, and have regular feeding programs that cater to homeless people. The largest feeding program is run by the Hamilton church, which provides an evening meal two nights a week, serving up to 120 people weekly. The other churches who regularly feed the homeless are Devonshire church, where the feeding program is led by the singles ministries of the church, the Pembroke church that take to the streets of Hamilton, and the St. David’s church volunteers who focus on the elderly at the eastern end of the island, delivering meals directly to their homes. The Southampton church community service volunteers, while not feeding the homeless, supply breakfasts and lunches daily to 32 students. To God be the glory!
At least two volunteers from among the scores of those who assist in the above mentioned churches, along with conference personnel, attended the banquet. Kenneth Manders, conference executive secretary, accepted the award on behalf of the Bermuda Conference. The community service volunteers were applauded for this important work of feeding those who are in need.
Sheila Holder, communication director