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ON Saturday, May 7, the clergy and people of All Saints Anglican Parish, Mangrove Cay and South Andros will hold a grille out in aid of its building restoration fund.
Proceeds for this the first annual parish grille out are earmarked for the replacement of the roof for the historic church of St Barnabas in Long Bay Cays, South Andros. The grille out will take place on the grounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Parish in New Providence on Saturday May 7 from noon - 6pm.
There will be steak, chicken and fish dinners available along with conch and rice, conch and grits, conch fritters, crab and dough, crab and rice, and much more food and drink. There will be a bouncing castle, cotton candy and popped c ...
Family members of at least ten of the country's murder victims received grief counseling over the weekend, as a result of a joint initiative between the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), religious leaders and Urban Renewal.
On Saturday, the Grove Police Station held a seminar at St. Barnabas Church's Parish Hall, for families dealing with grief as a result of a tragic loss.
According to Head of the Grove Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Butler, a number of the country's 110 murders this year occurred in the Grove policing zone.
The victims are Jason Brown, Francisco Hanna, Oswald Hall, Harry Knowles, Allisant Olitime, Clayton Rolle-Smith, Jameko Jones, Francueir Etienne, Luigi Lockhart, Renaldo Apolean, Dereck Johnson, Tekoyo McKinney, Ernest Lacroix, Deslin Nicholas, Leontis Louis, Rocklyn Williams and Bradley Whitaker.
Butler told The Nassau Guardian that these victims' families, particularly their children are still struggling to cope.
"We wanted to do something more than just reaching out on the crime scene or perhaps following up at a funeral. When we go back to visit these families, sometimes months later, we find that many of them are still grieving," said Butler.
"This seminar is about reaching out to the community and getting them back on track. Many of these victims have left children. We recognize that we cannot just allow the children to get lost in the system. We want to make sure that they are included in some of our programs."
Butler said it's important that initiatives like this be carried out across The Bahamas.
"We think it is necessary to take this throughout the islands. I don't want to see an angry community... I want to see a peaceful community and we will not have a peaceful community if people are still angry within."
Rector of St. Barnabas Church, Canon Basil Tynes agreed. He guided the families through the process of grief. Many family members broke down during the inner healing session, when they were asked to think about the most painful part of their loss.
"We want to make sure that people are able to understand what it is that they are going through. We want them also to be able to move on from where they are. They cannot remain angry and bitter," said Tynes.
"Anger can be expressed toward so many people, toward the person who died, the police, the church or even God. So we are trying our best to begin the process of healing so that they can move forward."
Tynes said many retaliation killings occur because people do not deal with their grief.
"They have to strike back. Anger and bitterness only complicates the problem that we are facing in our communities," he said.
The families of the murder victims also got their chance to share how the murders affected them.
Mother of Francisco Hanna, Denise Sands, said the seminar gave her a little relief.
I am still struggling to cope with my son's death. Today [Saturday] marks 16 weeks since he's been gone and every time I think about the situation it hurts. It is still hard for me to cope and I cannot sleep at night. It hurts even more to know that the person who killed my son is still out there," said Sands.
Another man who did not want to be identified pleaded for the police to find his son's killer.
He said, "How can you expect us to have closure when the person is still out there?"
Saturday 13th April 2013 9:00 AM
2013 Autism Awareness Month: Community March Saturday, April 13th Community March at 9:00 a.m. The march will begin at Windsor Park-East Street- Ross Corner-Chapel Street-Meadow Street-Augusta Street-Meeting Street-Nassau Street-Arawak Cay For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com 2013 Autism Awareness Month Calendar of Events Sunday, April 14th Televised Church Service at St Barnabas Anglican Church at 11:00 a.m. For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, April 17th Parent Support Group Meeting at 6:30 p.m. at REACH Office (New Parents Welcome) For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com Friday, April 19th Autism T Shirt Day For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday April 20th Information Booth at Mall at Marathon from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday April 27th Outreach Day Away Boat trip to Habour Island Rates follows: Adults $91.70 & $63.70 kids (ages 2-11yrs) Interested persons can call 328-4123 or e-mail email@example.com Throughout the month of April Open House Wednesdays 12 noon to 6:30 p.m. For more information call 328-4123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral Service for Evelyn Daisy Wallace, 94, of Kennedy Sub-Division, formerly of Duncan Town, Ragged Island, will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou and Wulff Roads. Officiating will be Canon Basil L. Tynes assisted by Bishop Gilbert A. Thompson and Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her memories are: her ten children: Marileeta Bethell, Fredrick and Mildred Wallace, Dorothy Strachan, Lorna Major, Margavine Wallace, Victoria Wright, Azonia, Sadiemae and Gloria Wallace; adopted children: Delores and William Morris and family, Beverley and Ramona Percentie, Pam Palacious-Seyfert ...
Saturday 5th November 2011 11:00 AM
Captain Curry's Cookout In aid of the medical expenses for Captain Henry Curry, a cookout will be held at St. Barnabas Church grounds, Blue Hill Rd & Wulff Rd, from 11 am - 5pm. Fish, steak, chicken and pork dinners. are $10. Call: Ms. Thompson at 361-6007 from 9 am - 3pm.
As young people were forced to go to church, Sunday School, youth meetings, evening song and every other spiritual occasion the church held, made many people close to God and His word. It was during those years that people could recite Bible verses and sing hymns flawlessly. Now older members of society, who do not know the last time they darkened the church doors, many have trouble remembering even the simplest of biblical text -- much less their importance or relevance in today's world. One such text that many are familiar with but probably consider just another one of life's guidelines is the 10 Commandments, which most people were able to recite by route as children, and today can't remember the order of the commandments, much less recite all 10 of these ancient laws which are just as relevant today as they were when they were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, and are as follows:
o I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; do not have any other gods before Me.
o You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
o You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
o Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work; you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
o Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
o You shall not murder.
o You shall not commit adultery.
o You shall not steal.
o You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
o You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.
According to religious ministers like Canon Basil Tynes, rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, people are falling back into practices that are not pleasing to God. He said this is especially true as it relates to the second commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6, "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments."
"One of the most important things you have to remember about the 10 Commandments that shows just how important they are is the fact that they were known as the decalogues -- the 10 words -- when they were first given. In the traditional Jewish society those 10 words carried the weight of the death penalty should they be broken," says Canon Tynes. "When Christians came into being in typical covenant style [the 10 Commandments] were meant to be the stipulations in the covenant which God's people were meant to agree to and adhere to for the duration of their existence on the earth. As it regards the second commandment which speaks against worshipping idols in the early times this meant if anyone was found worshipping an idol or an image they were in contradiction with the law and put to death. Everything was taken seriously. And if you look at the church today you may say we have images in it but this is not the same thing."
Father Tynes says although God instructed that there were to be no worshipping of images it didn't mean that the Israelites did not create certain images and that in Exodus 25: 18-22, God instructed Moses to make the two cherubim to rest on the end of the mercy seat to point to the omnipresence and movement of God's power. In Numbers 21: 7-9 Moses is ordered by God to make a bronze snake so that the people could look upon it and be saved. In the temple itself there were decorations like pomegranate branches but all these things that you would find in the Bible were created not as idols but as a means to point to the deeper reality of God's presence or power. He says that this is something that the modern church still does today.
The importance of the 10 Commandments have not and will not ever lose their relevance according to Pastor Sam Boodle, pastor of the Lutheran Church of Nassau. The second commandment he says in particular was an essential law in the times of the early Jews because the worship of idols were prevalent, but Lutherans consider the second commandment to be a part of the first commandment.
"The commandment speaking about the worship of idols is considered in the Lutheran Church as being a part of the first commandment in which there shall be no other gods before God. However this second part is still very revelant and very important. When it was originally given it was because there was a lot of idol worship in those times. God was discouraging it and telling the people what is the right thing to be doing. Today there is nothing different. Many of us still worship idols in our own ways. When we uplift our wives, houses, jobs or anything before God, we are making them into idols. But they are not equal to God for if you have to carry your god or protect it, then it really can't be much good to you. God wants us to always remember that He is the all-powerful one. Nothing has changed about this commandment's importance from the old times to now. God is still the one God and we as His people should be worshipping Him alone."
Bishop John Humes, overseer of the Church of God, says that Christian society's lax nature as it regards to following the second commandment is often causing many of us to be distracted from a true sense of worship.
"The second commandment says that we are not making unto ourselves any graven images to worship that resembles anything of, above, or below the Earth. The Bible is clear on how we should understand this commandment, but we still do not listen as well as we should. Today we can find that in many places of worship there are images and statues of biblical icons and this is something that the Bible speaks against. These very images such as pictures that we put our focus on as we worship are not even real likenesses of the actual people since no one really knows what they did look like.:
Bishop Humes says it is not right to have such images or structures with the intention of them being there as an aid to people's imagination and visualization in the worship of their invisible but omnipotent God.
"This is something we do that is not pleasing to God because we are to have faith and just believe that He exists. Having a structure as a representative of the Father or His son is just a distraction in worship. What we imagine God to be like is a personal thing and we should be focusing on our relationship with Him and not the images we have created. God should just be worshipped from our hearts and souls and not with our eyes."
Over the next nine weeks, The Nassau Guardian will engage a number of ministers of religion on the topic of the 10 Commandments, as they dissect each one and talk about the relevance of the Commandments to the twenty-first century society.
It's the season of solemnity which most believers observe faithfully, through Lenten traditions like attending stations of the cross services, cutting out bad habits and adding more positive experiences. Whether it was a struggle to be faithful to one's resolutions, now that this 40-day season of prayer and fasting is winding down, most people are focusing on the most essential of the weeks leading up to the high Easter feast - Holy Week.
With Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday), which started Holy Week behind them, observers know they are into the home stretch of that time of year that is also the most essential of the Christan year. It is during this period that Christians should be reflecting on the goodness and mercies of God. They should be thinking about how Jesus taught His followers that servitude and sacrifice are both important in establishing good leadership and preparing themselves for eternity. It is also during this period that people should also open their minds to the lessons to be learnt by Jesus' example and the teachings throughout this season - particularly on how better they could be living as believers.
"I always tell people that they need to use this time to reflect on who Jesus was and what His message was to us, whether it was said or it can be interpreted from his actions," said Canon Basil Tynes, rector at St. Barnabas Anglican Church. "He came to His people not on a triumphant horse but instead on a donkey. There was no formal announcement of His arrival, yet the people came out in droves to greet Him and set their clothing down for Him to ride on. This is a time to see the humility Jesus had even until the end and the kind we need to have in our lives."
Each day of Holy Week has a purpose and if one has not been faithful throughout the Lenten season, it is essential to at least pay attention to the home stretch. The last week is a time for Christians to renew, rededicate and refresh their relationship with God. They should also be rejuvenating their understanding of the Gospel tradition.
"I hope believers spend time to meditate and pray because this is a season to be taken seriously because this is the core of Christian belief," said the Anglican priest. "In Holy Week, the days Thursday to Saturday are among the most important because they are the actual core of the week. If you pay attention to nothing else in this season this is the time to take seriously. Maundy Thursday is the day Jesus not only created the Holy Eucharist but He washed His disciples feet in servitude. On Good Friday our Lord is made to carry the sins of the world and die for His people on a cross. On Saturday, He is in the grave and we mourn for Him until he rises again on Easter Sunday."
Like any important season, to properly ready oneself for the coming feast, there are certain things that must be done out of tradition and symbolism like the decoration of the church. During Holy Week, it is expected that the churches will be adorned in various vestments depending on the day. On Passion Sunday, the color is red as a sign of the festive nature of the day. From Holy Monday to Wednesday the vestments return to violet or dark blue to continue the sense of solemnity of the season. On Maundy Thursday, it is temporarily changed to white or gold in celebration of the establishment of the Holy Eucharist. On Good Friday, the color is black or violet. On Saturday or Easter Vigil, it is returned to violet. And if the service runs into Easter morning the vestments are changed to white in celebration of Christ's resurrection. Throughout the season, congregants are expected to dress in somber clothing which can mean dark or dull colors. On Passion Sunday, a festive color can be expected. But for the rest of the week, somber clothing is expected. On Good Friday especially, most people wear black much like they would to a funeral or another sad occasion. But on Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, a bright array of spring colors, pastels and floral attire is expected to be worn due to the great feast being celebrated.
Father Alain Laverne, priest at Our Lady's Catholic Church said Holy Week is a very important time for Christians as it signifies the rising of essential traditions in the church and establishes the heart of the faith.
"This is the time we celebrate the Paschal Mystery, which comprises of the death and resurrection of our Lord. The week starts off triumphantly with the entrance of Jesus on Palm or Passion Sunday. Monday through Wednesday are also holy days, but Thursday to Saturday, also called the Paschal Triduum, are the most solemn of Holy Week, and Christians should find themselves in prayer, in church and meditating on these days the most," said Fr. Laverne.
In the Catholic Church, the days of the Triduum are the most essential and believers should be reflecting and appreciating the goodwill of God. Maundy Thursday is important because it is the day that Jesus established the Sacrament of the Eucharist and ordained His disciples as those who would lead after He was gone. He was also betrayed on the night by His disciple Judas. On Good Friday, His long road from Pilot's judgement seat to the rocky, cobbled hill to the cross ended in His death and burial. The solemn times carry over into Holy Saturday when Jesus is still in His tomb and all His disciples and the women are in mourning.
"Christians should really put themselves in the mindset that the people who knew Jesus would've been in by preparing their minds and hearts to fully understand the beauty of this occasion," said the Catholic priest. "Although it is a solemn season, it is also a time to prepare the heart and soul for the great Easter celebrations. Even the youngest of children should be participating in this event in their own way."
Fr. Laverne said this season is not the time to leave the little ones home as they need to witness the glories of God and understand what their faith is about.
"It is important for young believers to understand why they believe what they believe. Ensuring they are aware of the meaning and importance of this season in particular this week is essential to their upbringing. No Christian can truly believe in this faith or understand it unless they can truly experience this week the way God meant it to be."
Funeral Service for Breco Patrick Armbrister, 34 yrs., a resident of Saunders Road, Rockchusher, who died on 1st February, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev'd Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughter: Brenique Armbrister; sisters: Yvette, Shanette, Adeisha & Trecie; brothers: Roscoe, Terrance, Marvin, Matthew (Pre-deceased); aunts: Isadora Lamm, Elizabeth Taylor, Marvain Nickey Johnson; uncles: Jeffrey Armbrister, Paul Armbrister, Timothy Coakley & Paul Lamm; grandmother: Caralyn Johnson; grand aunts: Weaves Smith, Gwendelyn Thompson, Nicey Brown, Mary & Drusilla Armbrister of Pompano Beach, Fl, Rev. Julia (Liz) Pratt, Remona McClain of Mastic Point, Andros, Arabella Johnson & Dora C. Dean; grand uncles: Bishop Asa G. Armbrister of Baltamore, Rev. Stephen Armbrister of Duncan Town, Ragged Island, Leeton of Miami Fl. Charles (Nipier) & Capt. Lee Armbrister; numerous nieces & nephews & friends including: Sheryl & family, Agnes Francis & family, Valthea & Joyce Bonaby & family, Bridgette Musgrove & family, Agnes McPhee & family, Mr. Roderick Taylor Jr. & family, the Johnson family, Cynthia Elliott & family, Mr. Edgar Grant, Constance Hall & family, Mr. Christopher Cambridge & family, Ms. Moss & family, Kelsy Williams, the Farrington Road & Rock Crusher community & others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10- 6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church from 12:00 noon until service time.
Funeral Service for Ivan Jerome Bonaby, 62, of East Wood and formerly of Coopers Town, Abaco died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Wednesday 24th August, 2011 will be held on Saturday 3rd September, 2011 at 10:00am at St. Barnabas Parish, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads. Officiating will be Father Roderick Bain assisted by Canon Basil Tynes. Cremation will follow.
Left to cherish his loving memories is his wife: Uneta Bonaby; son: Sherman Bonaby; daughter-in-law: Samantha (Peachie) Bonaby; grandchildren: Shae, Shianne, Shania, Sherman Jr. (S.J.), Shamar, Skye Bonaby; sister: Rosamae McIntosh; brothers: Sylvan McIntosh, Charles Adderley, George Bonaby Jr., Daniel, Brian, Tyrone Bootle; aunts: Mary Why ...
Funeral Service for Breco Patrick Armbrister, 34, a resident of Saunders Road, Rockchusher, who died on 1st February, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev'd Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughter: Brenique Armbrister; sisters: Yvette, Shanette, Adeisha & Trecie; brothers: Roscoe, Terrance, Marvin, Matthew (Pre-deceased); aunts: Isadora Lamm, Elizabeth Taylor, Marvain Nickey Johnson; uncles: Jeffrey Armbrister, Paul Armbrister, Timothy Coakley & Paul Lamm; grandmother: Car ...