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Methodists commemorate 230th Anniversary of Ministry in Jamaica

0 | 2019-01-09 14:44:00

The Methodist Church in Jamaica will launch yearlong activities to mark its 230th anniversary of Christian ministry in the island at the Kingston Waterfront on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Hundreds of Methodists and friends from across the island are expected to gather at the waterfront  to participate in  the launch activities which will include a CROSS THE HARBOUR SAIL retracing the journey of  Rev’d Dr. Thomas Coke as he arrived in Port Royal  in 1789 and was taken by boat to Kingston. This re-enactment will include up to 30 participants, some in period costume.

As part of the re-enactment of Coke’s arrival, Ministers and members are invited to meet the vessel when it docks at Victoria Pier at the bottom of Orange Street and participate in a “WALK OF WITNESS” which will take the group to historic Coke Memorial Methodist Church where there will be a commemorative service of thanksgiving beginning at 11:00am

Bishop of the Methodist Church in Jamaica, Rev’d Christine Gooden Benguche says that  The Jamaica Methodist District will use the occasion of its 230th Anniversary  to refocus on the mission of the Methodist Church which was “raised up to spread scriptural holiness”. The launch, Bishop Benguche said, is only one of several activities being organized by the Jamaica District during the Anniversary year.
Methodism was first introduced to the Caribbean by Nathaniel Gilbert in Antigua in 1760, some 22 years after it was founded by Anglican clerics, John and Charles Wesley in England. The MCCA is the oldest Methodist Church outside of Great Britain and has congregations in almost all English –speaking Caribbean territories; in French-speaking Guadeloupe, St Martin and Haiti; in Spanish-speaking Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras and in Dutch-speaking Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and St Eustatius. 

The 1789 arrival of the Rev’d. Dr. Thomas Coke in Port Royal was the first of three trips to Jamaica as Methodism was established in America and the West Indies.

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