Dark, cold, rainy mornings—that’s what faced the thirty or so members of Southampton SDA Church as they forged a path to the sanctuary for early morning prayer. The week of February 15-22, 2009 marks a time of spiritual revival and renewal among the church members.
Each morning, from 5:15 – 6:00 members raised their voices in private and corporate prayer on behalf of the church, the community, and families. Led by Pastor Errol McLean, the sessions also focused on interceding for the success of the upcoming evangelistic meetings. Each speaker was specifically lifted up in prayer that his message will truly be one of hope, drawing others to Jesus.
Recognizing that none of this would be possible without the Holy Spirit, much time was spent in prayer for the outpouring of the Spirit in the lives of those praying as well as in the church on a whole. A closer look at the experience at Pentecost inspired a more fervent supplication for the Holy Spirit.
Each day, those in attendance were blessed and revived. They left with renewed hope and a lasting sense of peace. The Lord truly blessed during this week. Many lives were changed and individual prayer lives were enhanced. May this Spirit of renewal and revival remain with us as we embark upon the campaign and await our soon coming King.
Pastor Herman L. Davis was the guest speaker for Stewardship Week at the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church. On Sabbath January 24th, he preached to a capacity congregation. His sermon was entitled “Yours or Mine.” This sermon reminded us of God’s ownership and our stewardship.
During the Adventist Youth program on Sabbath afternoon a skit was performed by several youth entitled “What’s the Big Deal.” The topic for the afternoon was “Does any of this really matter? Why? How?”
At the end of these presentations many were inspired and spiritually uplifted and pledged to renew their personal stewardship commitments with God.
On Sabbath October 4, 2008, Pastor Errol McLean was welcomed and installed as the senior Pastor of the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church, witnessed by a capacity congregation of members and visiting friends.
Pastor McLean was born and raised in an Adventist home on the island of Jamaica, and graduated from West Indies College (Northern Caribbean University) with a Bachelor of Theology Degree. While attending there he met his wife Miss Melzetta Ratteray, a native Bermudian. They were married in Bermuda on January 3, 1988, and to this union they were blessed with two sons Newton and Jovan.
He began and continued for eight years in ministry in Jamaica, where he distinguished himself in evangelism.
The family moved to Bermuda, where he continued his educational pursuits at Webster University, earning a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Management. Through the NTL institute and Bermuda College he also earned certification as a Diversity Facilitator.
In 1995, he accepted a call to Pastor the Pembroke Seventh-day Adventist Church, a position he held for five years.
He then accepted the pastorate to minister the Devonshire Seventh-day Adventist Church, remaining there eight years. During this tenure he continued his studies at Atlantic Union College and Andrews University earning a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministries. Presently he’s completing his Doctoral Studies at Andrews University.
On October 1st, 2008, Pastor McLean accepted the call to be senior Pastor of the Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church, along with his wife and two sons.
We, the members of Southampton Church are ecstatically pleased to have a Pastor of this caliber, to be our Spiritual leader.
On Wednesday March 5, 2008, the Mount Pisgah Academy Choir and the Bell Choir, with their director, Edward Pelto, accompanist, Kevin Worth, and Principal Richard Anderson, arrived in Bermuda for a one week stay on the Island. They were housed at the Messina House, one of the Island’s camping facilities, located on the waters edge of the Great Sound. There were sixty choir members who made the trip.
During their stay, there were many individuals who had the privilege of hearing the choirs perform. Performances were held on Friday evening at the Southampton SDA Church, Sabbath during the Divine Worship Service and at the Warwick SDA Church during Adventist Youth Meeting. They also performed at the Wesley Methodist Church in the city of Hamilton during their Sunday morning worship, climaxing their performance at Bermuda Institute on Tuesday morning during assembly.
Several of the students participated in community service work, which was greatly appreciated by the Warwick Church and Bermuda Institute.
The academy was started in the year 1914 and is located in Ashville North Carolina. It is a coed boarding academy, with grades nine to twelve, and has an enrolment of 140 students, which are from various countries such as Russia, Korea, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and United States. Their main focus is on Service.
On the day of their departure, they expressed how much they really enjoyed their visit to the island and Bermudian hospitality, and would like to make a return visit in the near future.
On Sabbath January 19, 2008, the G.E.D. Community Outreach Program, which was the brainchild of Sis. Margaret Goulbourne, held its fifth graduation at Southampton Seventh-day Adventist Church before a capacity audience. There were nine graduates, namely: Corville Hylton, Katrina Whitecross, Latroya Caines, Jacqueline Hamilton, Nelson Rewan, Gloria Landy, Rockel Mundy, Roan Bicarie and Samantha Crockwell.
The speaker was the Premier of Bermuda, Dr. the Hon. Ewart Brown. During his speech, he challenged the graduates not to stop here, but pursue other avenues of higher learning to further their education. He also presented the diplomas to the graduates. This program is a free service to the community offered by the Adventist Church. To date, there are twenty individuals who have taken advantage of this program and earned their diplomas. All of the instructors are volunteers who have dedicated their services to help others achieve their goals.