Hagley Park Celebrates 1st GEMS Day
Written by: Jahnel Walsh, EJC GEMS Public Relations Officer & Yvette Castell, EJC GEMS Coordinator | Monday, October 29, 2018
On Sabbath, October 20, 2018, the Girls of Eloquence, Morals, and Standards (GEMS) of the Hagley Park SDA Church, hosted their first GEMS' Day, under the theme, “I am a Woman of Faith; Standing on His Promises". The group of 15 GEMS impacted the congregation in an unforgettable worship experience. So, what was so captivating about the program presented? It not only involved Hagley Park GEMS but also GEMS from other churches as well as the Brothers of Excellence and Morals and Standards (BEAMS).
So confident was the Hagley Park Church Board in the abilities of their GEMS that they granted them the entire day to execute a program that would glorify God, and indeed, God was glorified mightily! The worship encompassed a combined praise team consisting of GEMS and BEAMS, who led out in song service, rendered special music, sang on the youth choir and for the prelude to the intercessory prayer. GEMS from various churches collaborated with the Hagley Park GEMS to execute a spectacular program.
Greetings were read on behalf of East Jamaica Conference GEMS' Coordinator, Dr. Yvette Castell who reminded the GEMS to use their God-given potentials to be assets here on earth as they prepare for citizenship in heaven. She admonished the church at large to play a part by being mentors with the aim of strengthening the GEMS’ spiritual support base, so they will be empowered to witness especially by lifestyle to at least one non-Seventh-Day Adventist daily.
The history of the Hagley Park GEMS helped the congregation to understand who the GEMS are as the ladies were on fire for God. Shireka Campbell, EJC Vice President and President of the Hagley Gap GEMS delivered gracefully, a message of faith being the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Everyone was blessed, so as she was being asked to return to do another sermon.
The Adventist Youth Society program, saw the ladies conducting a drama piece entitled "Don't Doubt, Just Pray", which portrayed the power of prayer and faith to lead to great feats in life. Indeed, the Hagley Park GEMS allowed the beauty of Jesus to shine through them, decked in their purple GEMS shirts while they worked the works of Him who sent them while it was day, knowing that the night cometh when no man can work.