SDA is­sues Ush­ers Min­istry hand­book

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR Reporter

The Saint Lu­cia Mis­sion of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists on Tues­day launched its of­fi­cial Ush­ers for Christ Min­istry hand­book dur­ing a cer­e­mony at its Lanse Road head­quar­ters in Cas­tries. The fol­low­ing de­liv­ered ad­dresses: Pas­tor Lu­cius Philip (di­rec­tor), Rose Mary De­sir (trea­surer) and Mrs Vanessa Julien (pres­i­dent Ush­ers Min­istry).

“Over the years, when par­tic­i­pat­ing in ush­er­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” the last-men­tioned told her au­di­ence, “I have fre­quently been asked about our hos­pi­tal­ity min­istry, its his­tory, and its op­er­a­tion. Peo­ple want to know the func­tion of ush­ers, their spir­i­tual role and why so many church mem­bers want to be ush­ers. Well, this hand­book we are launch­ing to­day pro­vides all you wanted to know about ush­ers and didn’t know whom to ask.”

She added: “We pat­tern this min­istry af­ter Je­sus Christ, our first helper, our first usher. He takes care of our ev­ery need. He made the beau­ti­ful Gar­den of Eden a home for Adam and Eve and served them.”

Mrs Julien ex­plained that the SDA Ush­ers for Christ Min­istry was es­tab­lished in 2009 by Mrs Denise Holder, “a very ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Ad­ven­tist church com­mu­nity who saw the need for this min­istry and stead­fastly pur­sued its for­ma­tion.”

The min­istry com­prises over 250 trained ush­ers. Ev­ery year new ush­ers re­ceive train­ing by pas­tors in the ar­eas of spirituality, ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, and church pro­to­col. Fa­cil­i­ta­tors in­clude NEMO and the Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice who train the ush­ers in disas­ter pre­pared­ness and safety pro­ce­dures. Govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives also help in the area of govern­ment pro­to­col.

Be­sides serv­ing at their church wor­ship ser­vices and func­tions, the SDA ush­ers make their ser­vices avail­able to or­ga­ni­za­tions and de­nom­i­na­tions of the non-SDA com­mu­nity when re­quested. The ush­ers’ motto is: “Saved To Serve.”

Mrs Julien quoted the fol­low­ing from the ush­ers’ hand­book: “We are not is­lands unto our­selves; we are so­cial be­ings. We thrive in healthy re­la­tion­ships. Ev­ery David needs a Jonathan. If we do not give our sig­nif­i­cant re­la­tion­ships, es­pe­cially our fam­i­lies, the at­ten­tion they need our per­for­mance and en­thu­si­asm will suf­fer. It is also im­por­tant to form new re­la­tion­ships in our new ex­pe­ri­ences, whether at church, at work, or in our ca­sual en­coun­ters. Keep con­tact with the peo­ple in your life. Christ did not in­tend for us to be lon­ers. We are to weed out un­healthy re­la­tion­ships. Our com­pany in­flu­ences our lives. Bal­ance re­quires re­spon­si­ble so­cial in­ter­re­la­tion­ship.”

The min­istry pres­i­dent said the hand­book can be shared and a copy made avail­able to any de­nom­i­na­tion on re­quest. It is dis­trib­uted to trained ush­ers of the SDA com­mu­nity through the Ush­ers For Christ Coun­cil min­istry.

The Saint Lu­cia Mis­sion of Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tists was formed in 1999 and over­sees close to 50 con­gre­ga­tions on the is­land. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Saint Lu­cia Mis­sion see: www.stlu­ci­aad­ven­tists.org or con­tact its of­fices lo­cated at Lanse Road.

Pas­tor Lu­cius Philip (di­rec­tor) and Vanessa Julien (pres­i­dent Ush­ers Min­istry)

at a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

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