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Don’t be caught up with physical structure of church – Hon Wheatley

Members and supporters of the North Sound Methodist Church were recently commended by Hon VIncent O. Wheatley for the commitment shown, which resulted in the renovation of the structure devastated by hurricane Irma in 2017, however, were also urged to stay focused on others thing apart from the building. Photo: VINO
Attending the ceremony was also Virgin Gordian & legislator Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles. Photo: VINO
Attending the ceremony was also Virgin Gordian & legislator Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles. Photo: VINO
 At the ceremony held on September 15, 2019, to rededicate the North Sound Methodist Church, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley said 'I am happy to see that after two years, the church is right back where it used to be in all its glory.' Photo: VINO
At the ceremony held on September 15, 2019, to rededicate the North Sound Methodist Church, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley said 'I am happy to see that after two years, the church is right back where it used to be in all its glory.' Photo: VINO
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI - Members and supporters of the North Sound Methodist Church were recently commended for the commitment shown towards the renovation of the structure devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017 but were also urged to stay focused on others things, apart from the building.

That word of caution came from Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) at a ceremony held on September 15, 2019, to rededicate the North Sound Methodist Church.

"I am happy to see that after two years, the church is right back where it used to be in all its glory,” Hon Wheatley declared.

He also reminded members, “I want to leave you with a word of caution to not to lose focus on what the church is here for.

Importance of Church 

Honourable Wheatley underscored the important role Methodism has played in the territory, saying, “I must commend the Methodist Church for when you came to Virgin Gorda, unlike most other churches, you came into both communities, both Valley and North Sound, most other churches stayed in the Valley,” he said.

The District Representative added that Methodism understands their role but noted, “Whereas it’s good to have beautiful churches, lovely pews and air-conditioning and fans, we shouldn’t be too caught up with the physical structure but the function of the church.”

He stressed that the role of the church is to serve the community and the spiritual needs and that the Methodism Church has gone beyond that.

In the area of Education, Hon Wheatley said the Methodists and Anglicans were the two first to play a significant role in the education of the territory "and I must compliment them for growing from strength to strength over the years.”

He also admonished that, “Though we have had the reverends who would have established many things, we should never overlook the lay preachers who participated in these churches,” he said, as he took time out to recognise the late Samuel David Wheatley, who was one of the lay preachers at the church.

Among those in attendance was Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL).

5 Responses to “Don’t be caught up with physical structure of church – Hon Wheatley”

  • ccc (22/09/2019, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Good job butch
  • LCS (22/09/2019, 10:54) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well said. Let's move on from the material things.
  • lol (22/09/2019, 11:02) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    bonny and clyde
  • Jordana (22/09/2019, 11:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So true re: the functions of the church..We are a Christian Society and Thanking God the message of Salvation was brought to our shores..so very Proud of you Minister Wheatley.. Congratulations on your post as Dept. Premier..Always keep God in your boat - Best Captain. you are doing our BVI (VG) Proud.. kudos and God’s Blessings Always..


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