The primary goal of the Bereavement Support Team (BST) is to communicate caring to bereaved individuals, families, or even communities, wherever possible. While our immediate attention is currently focused on our own Assembly and the surrounding environment, we have also initiated and/or responded to other requests and will continue to do so as the need arises.
Grief is a natural reaction to loss of any kind, but especially loss caused by the death of a loved one. Everyone grieves differently. There’s no one right way to grieve. As grief/bereavement counselors, our main role is to listen. Hence members are required to learn to listen, as well as listen to learn. It is by listening actively and compassionately, that we are better able to understand what the counselee is experiencing; hear what Holy Spirit may be saying; and consequently be more helpful to those we counsel.
We encourage counselees to express their thoughts and feelings. We are also careful not to criticize or judge them, as they express their thoughts and emotions. We also try to help counselees to understand the grieving process: that it does not proceed in a straight line. It is much more likely to fluctuate: vacillating through stages such as denial, anger, depression. Shock, numbness, disbelief, sadness, helplessness, fear, anxiety, are some other common reactions that may be experienced.
A hug, a touch, words like “I’m so sorry;” along with the willingness to listen with empathy; to sit or be with them, where possible; to help them feel loved and cared for: These are some of the major tools we employ.
Special occasions and anniversaries can be very challenging for grievers. To this end the BST arranges from time to time, for example at Christmas, a gathering which facilitates sharing and camaraderie with other grievers. These events also include refreshments as well as a guest speaker to provide professional encouragement.
The BST is a young organism committed to growing and learning, in order to serve our clients better, and meet their needs more effectively.
SAVOUR D FLAVA is a ministry designed to get the older persons of the assembly involved in meaningful activities that would help them to understand that one can age gracefully.
Age range: 50 years and over
Meeting times: 1st Saturday of each month – 4.30 p.m.
1. Scenic Tours
3. Educational talks on various topics
5. Line dancing
1. To bridge the gap between the younger and the older members of our congregation.
2. To pass on skills of the seniors to those who are interested
3. To share experiences and knowledge with a view to preventing youths from making mistakes that can be avoided.
4. To guide them in the use of their gifts and talents
5. To provide opportunities for the group to use their gifts and talents to glorify God.
Vision of Birth-Month Groups
Aim – to create a family culture within the assembly. Every member, prospective member, new believer and visitor to be part of a group.
A group united to pray together, worship, receive words of exhortation and to have fruitful Bible study. To fellowship and watch over one another in love, that they may help each other to work out their salvation and discover their purpose.
We will appoint a leader and assistant for each month. Have training sessions to equip and strengthen the leaders.
Each group should meet regularly for prayer, bible study and fellowship.
Members of the group should invite their family and friends to the group meetings.
The leader and assistant will give immediate oversight to each member of their group and will report any difficult situation to the pastors.
They will be accountable to report on a regular basis on the progress of the group.
Responsibilities of Group Leaders:-
- To convene meetings for prayer, Bible Study and fellowship.
- Identify and coordinate activities within the group
- Assigning of specific duties to members
- Calling up and visiting of the sick, shut-ins & elderly
- Preparing a progress report
- To help maintain clear levels of communication
- Identifying and reporting any major difficulties within the group
- To organize social events in order to foster closer relationship within the group.
- Monthly reporting on the group’s progress.
Psalm 78: 4,7 tells us; we will tell the next generation of the glorious deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders He has done..They would put their HOPE in God, and would not forget his deed but would keep his commandments.
Club Time and Day
Day: Friday evenings
Time: 5: 30 pm – 7:30 pm
Place: Bonnetts Resource Centre
Classes: Nursery 3-5, 7-9, and 10-12 age groups.
Please note kidz club closes for Holidays and during the summer vacation (2nd week in July to 2nd week in September).
Friday each month: Games/Movie night and
2nd Friday: Bible Lesson
3rd Friday: Craft/Life Skills session
4th Friday: Bible Lesson
The worship team is made up of 20 members and this is inclusive of 8 lead worshipers.
We are ably led by Minister Lester Welch who is assisted by Psalmist Alicia Cheltenham. Our
leadership covering is Pastor Julian.
The purpose in the worship and music Ministry at Restoration Ministries is to facilitate the practice
of unbroken fellowship with God and to develop a closer intimate communion which is the primary purpose of Jesus redemptive sacrifice.
There are four identifiable flows of worship at Restoration Ministries
1. A soft, loving, spontaneous flow of adoration and communion.
2. A quick-paced, very strong rejoicing that’s geared to dancing and celebration.
3. A very aggressive, very bold flow of warfare praise
4. A strong, grand flow of high exaltation, extolling and prophetic worship.