#Providenciales, October 11, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Church of God of Prophecy, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on October 12, 2019. To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the church is having a week of celebrations from October 5th, to October 13th, 2019.
The Church of God of Prophecy, affectionately called the ‘Jumper’ Church has been in the Turks and Caicos Islands for nearly a hundred years with its first Mission established in the settlement of Kew, North Caicos. It is where Pentecostalism first originated in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In 1961 the Church of God of Prophecy established a Mission under the leadership of Brother James Calvin William of Blue Hills. The Mission engaged in house to house visitations and street meetings throughout the community of Blue Hills. As the Mission grew, permission was granted to utilize the school building on Bay Road (now the AIDS Hospice) for regular church services.
Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, was the Colonial District Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy, Turks and Caicos Islands at that time and appointed Brother James Williams, as the leader of the Mission along with Sister Nanless Taylor as the Secretary.
“About three months before the dedication of the Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills, the National Overseer of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the late Bishop Alvin S. Moss JP, CBE, received information from Brother James C. Williams of Providenciales and Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, that the church building in Blue Hills was ready for dedication and church organization.”
On January 23, 1963, the ground-breaking ceremony was held, which officially established the first Church of God of Prophecy on the island of Providenciales. Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, laid the corner stone.
On Sunday, October 12, 1969, the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills building was dedicated. Bishop Moss recorded his greetings and sent Evangelist Clarence N. Williams to represent him in the capacity of the National Overseer and to implement the following:
- the dedication of the church building
- to organize the local church
- to appoint and install Bro. James C. Williams as the local Pastor
- to ordained Bro. James C. Williams as a Minister of the Gospel
The past and present leadership of the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills, over its 50 year span of existences includes:
Bishop Alvin S. Moss, JP, CBE – National Overseer of Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands
Bishop Isaiah Whyms – District Overseer of the Turks and Caicos Islands
Bishop Clarence N. Williams – National Overseer of Turks and Caicos Islands
Bishop Clayton Martin – Interim National Overseer of Turks and Caicos Islands September 2019 – present
The Pastors of the Blue Hills, COGOP included:-
Pastor James C. Williams – October 12th, 1969 to May, 1984
Pastor Hoplyn Parker – June 1984 to June 1985
Pastor Sally Williams – , June 1985 to April 1986
Pastor James C. Williams – April 1986 to June 1995
Pastor Emmanuel Rigby – June 1995 to March 1997
Pastor James Williams – April 1997 to April 2001
Bishop Andrew Stone, – May 2001 to present
Many churches, ministries, ministers, pastors, evangelist, and teachers have been birthed out of the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills including Church of God of Prophecy Kew Town French Church, Wheeland and Kew Town Spanish Church, Lower Bight Church, Five Cays Church and other various churches throughout Providenciales.
We will continue to shine the light and love of Jesus Christ, as we serve the community of Blue Hills, “Letting People Know That We Care.”
Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary includes the following celebration of praise:
Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 10:00 AM A walkabout in the Community of Blue Hills
Sunday, October 6, 2019 – 6:00 Am Pray Meeting, 11AM Divine Worship Service and 7:00 PM Grand Gospel Concert
Monday, October 7, 2019 – 7:00 PM a Night of History. Refreshments will be served
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – 7:00 PM Bible Quiz and Trivia night
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 – 7:00 PM Saturate the Atmosphere Evangelistic Outreach Street
Meeting, the Jetty, Blue Hills
Thursday, October 10, 2019 – 7:00 PM a Night of Brass featuring original and existing members of The Turk & Caicos Brass Band and the Church of God of Prophecy Brass Band
Saturday, October 12, 2019 – 10:00 AM Motorcade & Fun Time.
-7:30 PM Family Enrichment Seminar with Host Presenter Bishop Roger Ball, Ph.D. New York
Sunday, October 13, 2019 – 2:00 PM Anniversary Service followed by a Gala Banquet at the Shore Club.
The public is invited to join us in our praise celebrations.
“To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done”
COVID Works programme launched by Ministry of Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development
#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – The Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development, the Honourable Akierra Mary Deanne Missick and the Physical Planning & Infrastructure Development team are pleased to announce the launch of the COVID WORKS Programme, that went live on September 1, 2021.
The Programme seeks to support many who have lost jobs and livelihoods, while providing labour intensive work for economic exchange opportunities for persons to be engaged.
Works are set out in three (3) levels and comprise a variety of categories example, cleaning, road works, demolition and general construction to name a few.
Level 1 – value $1,500 – $9,999
Level 2 – value $10,000 – $39,999
Level 3 – value $40,000 – $70,000
Commenting on the launch of the programme, Hon. Missick said, “We are very much mindful of the impact that restrictions introduced by Government in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, has had on the islands, many continue to experience financial hardship. Whilst, the hospitality and construction sectors in Providenciales have rebounded well, as an Administration, we cannot rest knowing that other industries are still limping along.
As a result, during the remainder of this financial year, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government has now launched the COVID Works Programme to provide an opportunity for Petty and Small Contractors to assist the Government in the enhancement of our communities, through programmed works, to the benefit of all of us as residents”.
The Minister went on to note, “This Programme is set to the tune of US$5,000,000.00, and works will be rolled out across the Islands in batches, as we have to ensure that we do not go beyond the allotted expenditure and that financial oversight and transparency are maintained.”
The initial batch of works for South Caicos, which comprised the following, was returned and evaluated on Monday, September 13, 2021 and included:
Demolition- Queen’s Shed
Demolition- Distribution Concrete Tank
Demolition- Old Clinic Building
Demolition- DECR Building
Demolition- Library Building
Repair of Water Cistern
Works for Grand Turk included:
Demolition- Blood Bank Building
Demolition- Geriatric Ward Building
Demolition- Kitchen Building
Demolition- X-ray Building
All returning bids must be sent to the COVID Works email at email@example.com
Kindly note that as of Monday, September 20, 2021, the following works are planned to be released:
Beach Cleaning (Eastern portion of Grand Turk)
Street Cleaning (All areas)
Beach cleaning (Areas of Shore Club and Five Cays)
Street Cleaning (All areas)
A number of other works for Middle & North Caicos, as well as Salt Cay will be released shortly. This is a six month program that will spread throughout the TCI and we encourage persons to continue to register via firstname.lastname@example.org or the local Public Works Department and District Commissioners’ offices, to be eligible for this opportunity.
These works will continue on a monthly basis and the programme will come to an end in March 2022.
Grandstanding at best – Hon. Jameka Williams
#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – Response to Mr. Robert Been Jr. – People’s Democratic Movement All Island Candidate 2016 and 2021 “Where is the Wo’k you promised PNP?”
Like some of you, I have the opportunity to read the statements that has been published by Mr. Robert Been asking the government where is the work. I can only describe this as a classic case of grandstanding. The issues highlighted by Mr. Been are areas of concern in our country, however these issues did not begin yesterday nor did they became a concern seven months ago. I’d like to remind Mr. Been that these same concerns were there during his former governing party the PDM. The previous government did nothing to address these concerns in their four year tenure. Where was your voice then Mr. Been? As a matter of fact, where was your voice the four years prior?
As it relates to education, the issues with spaces in Schools has been heightened as a lot of families can not afford the cost of private institutions since the pandemic, so there is now a high demand for seats in the public schools. Our government is working closely with the private Institutions with a subsidy program to address those needs. Again, this issue existed under the former government before the pandemic but they made no attempt to address it. In addition under your former administration, schools were closed for over one year with no plan on sight for its reopening. Our children have regressed and many repeating to catch up on the year lost.
On September 1, 2021 our government announced the new protocols and measures as it relates to Covid 19. Yes, there are concerns being expressed by the citizens and business owners as it relates to the impact of those decisions. I would like to inform you to that these decisions were not made alone. Stakeholders were engaged in these conversations and I have also accompanied the Hon. Jamel Robinson to sit downs with various groups of business owners to provide feedback, listen and take recommendations.
Countries around the world are imposing stiffer penalties and measures to help with the control of Covid 19 virus and the TCI is no different. We’ve seen reports published of cancellations that we believe are flawed to bully the government into reversing the decisions made. Our government has a responsibility to protect life and livelihood. There are decisions that are sometimes tough to make but it is our responsibility to make them no matter how unpopular. In time, the people of this country will see the benefit of those decisions concerning what’s happening around the world in even more developed countries as it relates to COVID-19.
Mr. Been, I would like for you to know that the island of Grand Turk was in a state of devastation since the storm of 2017 under the tenure of your government. There was an outcry for years by its residents. The cruise industry is at a standstill. However, I’d like to inform you that during our budget debates this current government has passes 8.3 million dollars for all the islands with 3 million ring fenced for Grand Turk alone in works and cash grant injections. The Ministry of Planning and Infrastructure Development has as of September 1, 2021 rolled out its contract program for works around the islands particularly in the Nation’s Capital.
Since the closer of the cruise sector in Grand Turk, the former administration had little to no engagement with Carnival partners on a plan to jump start that industry. It is extremely commendable that our government took the initiative to host a town hall meeting with all persons involved in the cruise industry in June 2021. Additional the Premier is in constant dialogue with Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean has now expressed an internet in having Grand Turk as one of their destinations.
Mr. Been, it is widely rumored that you may have an interest in Leadership of the PDM during the next convention. You are a personal friend of mine and I wish you well on your endeavors as this is a noble profession. However, my advice to you would be to offer solution based arguments so that the electorate sees your strength and potential instead of pointing fingers and grandstanding. Admittedly you mentioned that the elections are over. But are they really for you? As a government we do not have all the answers but I assure you that the decisions made are in the best interest of all of us including you. Hold on, better days are ahead.
Canadians Fly South to Turks & Caicos!
#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2021 – Air Canada is back to the Turks and Caicos Islands with direct flights from Toronto to the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and when the airline returned on Sunday September 12, it came nearly full with 169 passengers aboard.
Floyd Ingham, Acting CEO of the TCI Airports Authority, confirmed that Air Canada brought a Boeing 737-Max for the flight which will be weekly. The aircraft has a capacity of 180 and actually left the PLS with 65 passengers.
Air Canada had been missing from the commercial airline offering for nearly a year due to the impact of coronavirus on its home base. West Jet, also a Canadian airline, has not yet return to the PLS, but is proposing a November 7th resumption of flights, also from Toronto.
Canadian air carriers had discontinued flights to most sunny weather destinations back in January when cases there spiked to deadly levels.
On September 9, airlines were clear to fly.
Canada requires returning residents to present a 3-day old negative PCR test for re-entry, requires visitors to be fully vaccinated and currently has nearly 69 per cent vaccination rate across its provinces.
As a side bar, South West Airlines, which travels to TCI out of Ft Lauderdale is still on schedule for a return on October 7th confirmed Mr. Ingham who also confirmed that frequency of Air Canada service will ramp up on October 1st, with three flights per week planned.
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