Saint Lucia Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Ush­ers For Christ Min­istry

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The Saint Lucia Seven­th­day Ad­ven­tist Ush­ers For Christ Coun­cil Min­istry (SLU SDAUFCC) held its third an­nual grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 29th at 2:30 pm at the Philadel­phia SDA church in Grande Riviere, Den­nery. Six­tytwo new ush­ers were in­vested into the min­istry hav­ing com­pleted the pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme held in June and July.

The Ush­ers For Christ Min­istry is the arm of the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist faith move­ment which serves the church, visi­tors and guests at all church ser­vices, church-re­lated func­tions and large events. Ush­ers serve by meet­ing, greet­ing, seat­ing and help­ing. The over­all mis­sion of the min­istry is to be of ser­vice to the church fam­ily when needed, in or­der to fur­ther the Lord’s mes­sage of lov­ing one an­other even as God has loved us.

The min­istry be­gan in Saint Lucia in 2006 and was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated in 2009. It func­tions un­der the lead­er­ship of Pas­tor Lu­cius Philip, the Per­sonal Min­istries Di­rec­tor of the Saint Lucia Mis­sion of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists. This means its role and func­tion is evan­ge­lism in na­ture. The ush­ers were pro­fes­sion­ally trained by Pas­tors and qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als in their var­i­ous fields in the fol­low­ing dis­ci­plines: The Art & Min­istry of Ush­er­ing, Church Pro­to­col, Gov­ern­ment Pro­to­col, Food Safety, Mind Char­ac­ter & Spir­i­tu­al­ity, Cru­sade Man­age­ment, Con­flict Man­age­ment, Er­gonomics, Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness, Ba­sic First Aid, In­ter­per­sonal Re­la­tions, Ef­fec­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Ba­sic Lan­guage Skills.

“The ad­min­is­tra­tion of The Saint Lucia Mis­sion of Seven­th­day Ad­ven­tists is ex­cited about the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the Ush­ers min­istry in Saint Lucia and the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion it is making in en­hanc­ing our wor­ship ser­vices and other spe­cial con­vo­ca­tions. We be­lieve that the min­istry of ush­er­ing is an im­por­tant call­ing. In many Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist churches the usher is the first of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the church that a vis­i­tor will en­counter” says Pas­tor Philip. “We have had a won­der­ful re­sponse from church mem­bers and visi­tors alike who said they feel the warmth and wel­com­ing spirit when they at­tend our ser­vices and func­tions”.

The Saint Lucia Mis­sion of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists was es­tab­lished in 1999. There are cur­rently close to 50 churches on the is­land and mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow in at­ten­dance on Sab­baths (Satur­day) with fre­quent evan­ge­lism pro­grammes and small group min­istry. Other out­reaches of the church in­clude the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices min­istry, gospel mu­si­cal groups, Health min­istries, ADRA and Pub­lic Af­fairs and Re­li­gious Lib­erty ser­vices. Bible classes are taught both on Wed­nes­day evenings and Sab­bath af­ter­noons.

“We are very joy­ful to­day,” said Vanessa Julien, Pres­i­dent of the Ush­ers For Christ Coun­cil . “We know that the com­mit­ment our pro­fes­sion­ally trained ush­ers have made to this min­istry yields im­me­di­ate and eter­nal re­wards. We are saved to serve”.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ush­ers For Christ Min­istry in Saint Lucia, con­tact the is­land Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil on email: sdaush­ersmin­istry. or the Saint Lucia Mis­sion of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists on tel: 451 8657, email: info@stlu­ci­aad­ven­tist. org or visit the web­site at www. stlu­ci­aad­ven­

The group of sixty-two newly grad­u­ated Ush­ers.

Vanessa Julien, Pres­i­dent of the Ush­ers For Christ Min­istry de­liv­er­ing


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