Dick to bless Black River Keswick Con­ven­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS PLUS -

THE REV­EREND Dr Devon Dick, pas­tor of the Boule­vard Bap­tist Church and pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Bap­tist Union, will be the guest preacher for this year’s Black River Keswick Con­ven­tion.

Dick is ex­pected to deal with is­sues of faith, sal­va­tion, ho­li­ness, sac­ri­fi­cial life and mis­sion.

The con­ven­tion, which started in 1984, un­der the lead­er­ship of Elder Hugh Clacken of the Chris­tian Brethren As­sem­blies, will be hosted at the Black River Ho­li­ness Chris­tian from to­day un­til Fri­day.

Since 1999, the con­ven­tion chair­man has been the Rev­erend God­frey Wat­son, pres­i­dent of the In­de­pen­dent Bap­tists and the ex­ec­u­tive has rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Angli­can, Brethren, Methodist, United Church of Ja­maica and Cay­man de­nom­i­na­tions.

Through the years, the con­ven­tion has re­ceived the full sup­port of the Chris­tian com­mu­nity in St El­iz­a­beth.

This sup­port is ev­i­denced by the at­ten­dance and par­tic­i­pa­tion of var­i­ous church choirs and the Com­bined Keswick choir. This year, the guest choir will be the Boule­vard Bap­tist Church Choir, un­der the di­rec­tion of Joseph McIn­tyre, as they per­form Mid­night Cry on the open­ing night

In 1875, The Keswick Con­ven­tion was es­tab­lished in Eng­land un­der the theme ‘All One in Christ Je­sus’. In 1900, the first Keswick Con­ven­tion in Ja­maica was held in Man­dev­ille, which gave birth 60 years later to one in Kingston, fol­lowed by oth­ers in Mon­tego Bay, Black River and Ocho Rios.

Rev­erned Dr Devon Dick

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