The inside of the Madras SDA Church on being opened
The pouring rain was no deterrent for the scores of individuals who traversed the interior terrain of upper St. Ann to participate in the long anticipated dedication of the Madras temple to God. From all across the Brown’s Town district, members and community friends assembled for the 67 year old congregation’s momentous occasion.
Guest Speaker, Pastor Wenford Henry, himself a former Pastor of the church, shared rich experiences with the brethren in building dynamics and its importance to evangelism and Church growth. "We must give God service through the building of our churches. There's no reason", he opined, "an Adventist Church should take thirty years to complete. We have the skills and we can build our own churches, if we are serious".
Pastor Wenford Henry, JAMU'S ADRA Director giving the key address
The ADRA Director from the Jamaica Union continued: "When the house of God is properly constructed and dedicated and we go out there to battle for souls, the building they come into must not make them ashamed. There must be an ark of safety...to house the brethren; a place to recharge our batteries", Pastor Henry stated.
The worshippers at the grand Church event
The service, with a full church, was enriched by musical renditions and the opening of all the items in the temple in phases. Conference President, Pastor Karl Archer, who presided over the dedication, himself spoke of the history and the growth of the congregation, for which he is a former Pastor. "The conference rejoices to see this day", he stated, as he too contributed to the opening of a door. "Many individuals have been a part of this process and we commend the Pastors and members".
One of the enriching elements of the programme was the review of the church history by four of its long standing members, whose stories made the audience erupt in laughter and kept the information flowing from era to era.
Shepherdess Sharon Smith-Whyte issues a certificate to one of the contributors to the opening of temple furnishing
The dedication service was part of a weekend of celebration for the thriving 180-member congregation, with a special Friday evening vesper Service and a Sabbath Service featuring former Field President, Pastor Joseph Smith, as Guest Speaker.
Church Pastor, Alanzo Whyte and his wife were overjoyed at the realization of this dream, conceptualized months ago and effected through much hard work and sacrifice. He made particular mention of former intern, Pastor Anthony Whyte, who was integral in the planning, along with the other members.
The Madras congregation is a part of the Brown's Town Pastoral District of Churches.