Church service opens Older Persons Month

From left, Shadden McLaughlin, Paul Ebanks, Loxley Banks, Governor Martyn Roper, UK Minister Mark Lancaster, Graham Walker, Andrew McLaughlin and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson at the first pinning of the poppies this year.

West Bay’s Wesleyan Holiness Church hosted this year’s Older Persons Month opening church service, which was broadcast live by Radio Cayman.

Attending the ceremony to honour the lives and contributions of seniors were Governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth, Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush, Deputy Governor and Head of the Civil Service Franz Manderson and his wife Nuvia; Cabinet Ministers Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Tara Rivers, and councillors Austin Harris and Barbara Conolly.

Two seniors, Stanford Ebanks and Rosa Hurlston, were recognised for their services to the church and both were presented with plaques and fruit baskets by Senior Pastor the Rev. Brenda Wallick.

Rev. Wallick described old age as a privilege not given to everyone. In her sermon, she also likened growing older to the life cycle of the shade-giving palm saying, “We may be old but we are not useless. We can still bear fruit in old age.”

The service ended with a vote of thanks and the presentation to the pastors by Chief Officer for Community Affairs Teresa Echenique and the Department of Children and Family Services Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams.

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