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National Baptist Convention Regional Meeting to be held in Nassau

The New Way Baptist Association of Churches invites the public to join them in welcoming delegates of the Regional Meeting of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. to the country from December 9 12.

The Association will host the National Baptist Convention of America’s Regional Meeting in The Bahamas in a weekend of praise and celebration. The event will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Cathedral, Blue Hill Road.

New Way Baptist Association leaders anticipate the event.

“We’re delighted to have this opportunity,”said Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee, moderator of the Association and regional director for the Convention.

The meeting marks the 10th Regional Meeting and the second such meeting to be held in The Bahamas. The Bahamas and the Caribbean fall into Region Ten of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.

“These meetings will consist of bridging the gap between the National Convention and the entire Caribbean. We hope to have representation from all of the Caribbean islands and also from the churches and pastors of The Bahamas, especially we look forward to a tremendous session of spiritual empowerment of the Bahamian people,”said McPhee.

A host of pastors are expected to preach at the event, including Convention president, Dr. Stephen Thurston. Thurston, a third generation pastor, leads a congregation in Illinois.

“We look forwad to him coming and addressing the Bahamian people in a very positive and unique way,”said McPhee.

Rev. Sheila McPhee, the New Way executive secretary, described an event filled with activity.

“The three-day convention will consist of workshops, institute sessions, auxilary meetings[and]worship service,”she said.”Rev. Dr. Stephen Thurston, our president, will be the opening speaker on Thursday, and then on Friday our moderator and regional director, Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee will speak to us. And the closing session and sermon will be done by Rev. Dr. Ivory Johnson, who is one of our associate pastors.”

“We want to ensure a spirit filled weekend in worship at Mt. Calvary for everyone attending both our residents and our guests,”said Sharon Colebrook, a member of the organizing committee.”This would probably not be the first visit to The Bahamas for many of the delegates, however, for those first time visitors, we want make sure they enjoy every moment.”

The Regional Meeting includes music and dance centered around praise and worship.

“I want the community of The Bahamas as a whole to know that it’s going to be an awesome time,”said Bishop Trevor Williamson.

“We are excited in the New Way Progressive Baptist Association to welcome the National Baptist Convention of America to this Regional Meeting,”said New Way vice moderator, Rev. Stephen Duncombe.

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