It was decades ago, under the leadership of Eustace Williams Snr, Joel Richardson and Lloyd Mears that a church was erected at Portland Cottage, following the successful efforts of one-to-one evangelism in the area.
Since then, the construction began on the sanctuary with a hope that one day it would be completed.
Sunday, May 24, 2019 that hope became reality and the Portland Cottage Seventh-day Adventist Church, located on Twickenham street, South Clarendon was dedicated during a special service of dedication conducted by officers of the administration of the Jamaica Union (JAMU) and the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC).
In his opening remarks, Anthony Dowding, Pastor of the Lionel Town district of churches (of which Portland Cottage is a part) said, “over the years many have played their part and members sacrificed their time to making this service a reality.”
He also noted that, “ this milestone is no ordinary accomplishment, but one of patience and long-suffering, and we give God thanks.”
Pastor Nevail Barrett, Executive Secretary CJC, during his greetings said that the presence of a church in a community is very important.
“Your purpose for building was not because you wanted a mere worship center, but you built this church as a beacon of light to point others to Christ and influence and impact the community,” he said.
Barrett concluded, “However, its completion is not a climax of our purpose, but the gateway for many more opportunities, chief of which is pointing men and women to Jesus.”
Pastor Bancroft Barwise, Treasurer JAMU, who presented the dedication sermon commended the Church for the milestone reached and reminded them of their purpose.
“You have a purpose to witness, people need the Lord and ought to find this as a place of refuge, where they can find Jesus at all times,” he said.
Pastor Barwise also charged the members to treat the church as an altar for the Lord. He said, “Honour it, reverence it, treasure it, make sacrifices for it, but don’t worship it, it is a House of Prayer for all people,” said Barwise.
Having played a crucial role in the establishment of what will not only be a place of worship, but a center for in-reach and out-reach activities, Miss Madge Citladeen, first elder at the Portland Cottage SDA church encouraged the members to work together for the growth and development of the church in the community.
“God has gifted us with the abilities to transform this community both spiritually and socially, and if we remain united and work with the Holy Spirit the possibilities are endless,” she said.
She commended the organizers for the sowing classes that are currently held on Thursdays of each week, in a room on the second floor of the church building, and said it was one sure method of meeting the social needs of the community, and then pointing them to Christ.
“Jesus first met the needs of others, and then he bade them follow Him.”
Pastor Billy Watson, Treasurer, CJC , prayed the prayer of dedication that brought the service to a close.