Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – On Sunday, November 25th 2012, St. David’s Methodist Church, Sea Grape, in a special way, honoured the longest serving local preacher within the Methodist Church in The Bahamas and in the Caribbean, Evangelist Lloyd Fuller Quant. Evangelist Lloyd Quant has been serving the church for over 80 years as a local preacher (since 1934).
The church family made the decision to rename the church’s manse, The Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre. The Centre is a non-profit organization that serves as a beacon of hope in the community, and caters to many needs.
The Mission Project Committee of the Centre, headed by Mrs. Michelle Lynn Forbes-Dames, Vice President of the BTCI Conference (MCCA), Kevin Thompson-Delancy (HIV/AIDS Advocate), and Rev. Kenneth Lewis (Pastor St. David’s Methodist Church) is seeking to upgrade the center and incorporate new activities. The Center, although it requires much work, is already very active in the community of Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock.
Currently, the Center houses a feeding facility called the ‘Breakfast Kitchen’ that feeds over 100 children on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To maximize the benefit to the community of Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock, the Committee hopes to expand the outreach mission to incorporate a Wellness Centre (bringing awareness and education of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypotension, etc. with monthly screening and counseling sessions); adult literacy classes (assisting adults with reading and math); an after school programme (assisting students with homework, reading, math, computer classes and behavioral skills), and hosting Karate, dart, and sewing classes.
The 19th Company of Boys’ Brigade and the 5th Company of Girls’ Brigade are also attached to the Center. The Boys’ Brigade will be celebrating 50 years of impacting lives of young boys and men in the community. The Boys’ Brigade of St. David’s Methodist Church was established in 1964, and Captain Edmund Dames serves as its current leader. The Girls’ Brigade is headed by Captain Marsha Huff.
This Outreach Mission is a great undertaking and is in need of assistance from the community at large. The committee is making repairs to the building and seeking much needed building and other supplies, and assistance with labour from corporate Bahamas, government, civic and volunteer groups, religious bodies, and people from everywhere.
700 Partners, a non-profit organization, dedicated to reaching those that are in need and restoring the infrastructure that creates the environment for better communities, has partnered with the Committee to bring this much needed Community Outreach Centre to fruition. 700 Partners manages a database of community projects; assists organizations in developing their very own charitable programmes; and simultaneously works collaboratively to meet the current needs of the community. It is a structured approach to executing projects that benefit the communities and people of The Bahamas — ‘One Project… One Person, at a time’
For more information, contact Immerse Bahamas at 602-5555 or info at immersebahamas.com. Should you be interested in making a donation, checks should be made payable to St. David’s Methodist Church in c/o Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre.
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KARATE CLASSES – Karate classes is one of the featured programmes at The Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre.
WORK TO BE DONE – The Centre is in much need of assistance to ensure that programmes continue and are enhanced.
700 PARTNERS – The non-profit community partnership organization, 700 Partners, has listed The Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre as one of the worthy projects that require community support. 700 Partners manages a database of community projects; assists organizations in developing their very own charitable programmes; and simultaneously works collaboratively to meet the current needs of the community. Pictured from left to right, Ginger M. Moxey, President of 700 Partners and President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas; Kevin Thompson-Delancy, Community Outreach Centre Committee Member and HIV/AIDS Activist; and Lynn Williams, Member of 700 Partners and Proprietor of Omni Security & Locks Co.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTRE – The Evangelist Lloyd Quant Community Outreach Centre, a beacon of hope for many in the Community, in need of support to continue and expand much needed programmes for the community of Sea Grape, Eight Mile Rock.