“Reflect, Rejoice, Give Thanks”, was the theme of the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information's Annual Thanksgiving church service held at the New Testament Church of God at Wilson Hill on Thursday 11th January.
The annual event, was attended by a number of Ministry officials, educators, students and well-wishers, to pay due homage to the worthy endeavour of educating the nation’s youth. The service included a number of riveting performances by students, including one noteworthy rendition of “Again I say rejoice” by the C.W. Prescod Primary School.
The official welcoming remarks were offered by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Hon. Deborah Charles, who inspired the nation’s educators “to teach the children and not the subject”, through very poignant narrative about how impactful teachers’ love and concern for children can be on their lives.
Following an inspired praise and worship session by members of the teaching fraternity, led by Ms. J’Nay Brown, teacher at the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, a very stirring sermon was delivered by Wendell Davis, past teacher and Bishop of the New Testament Church, Diamonds Village.
While using various Biblical references in support of his view, Bishop Davis expressed his desire to see the return of more traditional values being instituted to tackle the challenges of dealing with misbehavior in children.
Bishop Davis said that “no chastening for the present time seems to be joyous, no correction for the present time seems to be joyous, while I was being flogged I didn’t enjoy it…I didn’t like it, I wanted to rebel, but I look back at my life today and I’m glad, I’m glad that there was somebody who was willing to look out to ensure that I didn’t go astray. I’m saying to us this morning that our advancement could be greater, our achievements could be more, if we ensure that morality prevails in our schools.”
The church service concluded with prayers of intercession offered on behalf of institutions, administrations and other stakeholders within the education sector.