Pastors stand again, say NO to Junkanoo rush on Sunday

Providenciales, 27 Jul 2015 – Pastors today announced that they will be formalizing their position on mass secular events being held on Sundays, and they anticipate getting 100% support from churches in the country.

A press conference today at Point Grace Resort allowed seven church leaders of the Providenciales Ministerial Fellowship to again call for those planning these sort of functions on Sundays to stop it. The latest weekend activity to spark the strong comments from the Church is this coming weekend’s We Carnival. On Sunday August 2nd, the first time festivity is planning what is dubbed, Rush Hour Junkanoo along Grace Bay Road.

The formal petition will be presented to government and it was explained today by the group that the Church is regularly in communication with government authorities – individually and collectively – and that there are more meetings to come.

Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church pastor, Rev Derek Hamilton said it is ‘the responsibility of the Church to stand’ and to protect sacredly held values.

Rev Hamilton said: ‘We are looking to uphold the tradition of our culture.’

Father Bernard Been of St Monica Anglican Church, was also there, and said little crimes begin to eat away at the moral fabric, identifying offenses like illegal jitneys, illegal construction and illegal businesses as just some of many examples of how crime is impacting the TCI negatively.

The Pastors were not ready to reveal when the petition would be presented to government, explaining there is more consultation to be done.

Bishop Samuel Williams of Faith Tabernacle Church said he believes their last stance against these mass secular events on Sundays was successful, and said the plan of the Ministerial Fellowship is to keep up their efforts to protect the sanctity of Sundays.

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