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ACW gear up for annual conference

The pivotal role Anglican Church Women (ACW) plays in the lives of women within the church, their community and country will be recognized as the organization celebrates its 58th anniversary and 49th annual conference in May, held under the theme “Anglican Church Women Standing Firm in Faith, Courageous and United.”

The Annual Bishop Eldon Pre-Conference Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Murillo Bonaby Parish Center, Christ the King Church, Ridgeland Park West on Saturday, May 14, during which time centenarians Oralee Adamson from St. George’s Anglican Church, Theodosia Dorsett from St. Gregory’s Anglican Church, Louise Simmons from Church of the Holy Spirit, and Viola Taylor from Christ the King Anglican Church will be honored.

Nurse Eldora Hart-Beneby who is also a behavioral counselor, will speak.

The ACW procession of witness and annual thanksgiving service takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street on May 15 starting at 3 p.m. The Rt. Rev’d Bishop Laish Z. Boyd, Bishop of the Diocese of the Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands will serve as the officiant.

The women will celebrate Mass at Christ the King Anglican Church on May 16 at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast, a business session and election of officers for the 2022/23 year. Speakers on tap for the mid-day lunch will be The Moss family who will speak on bush teas.

Also on tap for the day will be addresses by Debbie Ferguson, chaplain and past council president from St. John the Baptist, Abaco, who will speak on the topic women courageous and united; Inspector Makell Pinder will address the topic women standing firm amidst domestic violence; and Keva Bethel, ACW member, Holy Spirit Church, will speak on women standing firm in the faith.

The ACW Attire Handbook will also be released.

During the month of activities, Sherrell Carroll is expected to speak on “My Gateway” the Bahamas government digitization and online services on Tuesday, May, 17; Deidre Maycock, chairperson, Constitution Committee, will speak on an overview of proposed constitutional amendments for the ACW; and Peggy Knowles is scheduled to address the topic of gardening.

Keldra Pinder, ACW, Christ the King Freeport, GB, will speak to her peers on the topic women standing courageous while Brenda Harris Pinder of Women United in Prayer will present on standing firm, courageous and united through the power of prayer.

A social outreach clothing and food fair is scheduled for Christ the King Church, Ridgeland Park between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Activities will also include a tour of western New Providence, taking in a flick at Fusion, day excursion to Harbour Island, and a fun walk-athon.

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