The Heroes Wall in Cooper’s Town was the backdrop for talent on December 14. Students of the Northern District came to Cooper’s Town and displayed their many gifts. They thrilled those in attendance with outstanding performances. The evening was a success thanks to the efforts of the North Abaco Administrative Office under the leadership of Neil Campbell.
The evening’s theme was: “Early Santa – A Christmas Story in Exhibiting and cultivating the spirit of love, peace and joy.” The moderator of the evening was Rev. John McIntosh – Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church and Director of Road Traffic Department.
The Cooper’s Town Office was well pleased that a great number turned out. The praise team consisted of residents from the community. They opened with the song “Joy to World” as many stood on their feet in great spirits. Pastor Marie Neely walked gracefully to the podium and in a soft, but powerful, voice gave the invocation. Bishop Kendell Carroll, Center Manager of Urban Renewal 2.0 Northern District Office, brought the welcome address and pointed out that this is the only time of year with the true essence of holiday spirit. He explained that this is demonstrated by reflecting on the gift that was given to the world in Bethlehem. He concluded by thanking the many sponsors who contributed to the great event.
K’neth Carroll, a seventh grade student of S.C. Bootle High School, broke down the meaning of Christmas in a poem titled “A Christmas Poem” by Alyce Pickett.
Without delay, the students showcased their version of the traditional Christmas Story. Fifth and sixth grade students of Treasure Cay Primary School presented a heartfelt drama. Young male students, dressed in black clothes and top hats, participated through a Broadway-themed New York monologue with their partners.
Sixth grade students Caitlyn Pierre and Alisha Velle articulated the Christmas Story as they read Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 2:26-38. Fox Town Primary received the attention of the crowd next as Chelsey Cornish, a grade three student, and Dania Curry, a grade four student, brought forth one of the highlighted performances. They read Luke 2:8-20 and Matthew 2:1-12 with great rendition while other students participated in their dramatization of the Christmas Story.
Cooper’s Town Primary students Tod Thompson and Serina Parker, sixth graders, shocked those in attendance with their outstanding dance and theatrical presentation. Teacher Lynette Cooper articulately read Luke 2:8-20 and Matthew 2:1-12.
Lashanti Russell of The New St. Andrews Baptist Church and her dance partners, who were dressed in burgundy with white belts, brought many to their feet as they cheered on the great dance performance. Zion Baptist Youth Dance Ministry, dressed in traditional Christmas colours, were able to shock the audience in their selection of “Joy to the World.”
Bishop Cedric Bullard encouraged those in attendance to remember to share the holiday spirit by showing love to all. Mr. Gary Smith , Chief Councilor of the North Abaco District, welcomed all who came, being sure to thank them for coming out to celebrate this time of the year. Mr. Neil Campbell, North Abaco District Administrator, informed all that this program is just the beginning of many to come to bridge the gap between settlements.
He commended Wilton Saunders in the great work he had done in making sure that the Christmas tree lights were in place. The spirit of Christmas filled the air as keynote speaker Bishop Terrance Strachan , Senior Pastor of Life Gate Ministries, reflected on his childhood days growing up in Nassau.
The Christmas prayer was given and the switch was pulled. The lights dazzled the audience. Sister Grace Pinder, Senior Clerk at Coopers Town Clinic, helped Santa make his grand entrance and bring out goodies.
Along with his helpers, he brought smiles to many faces. Some sat on Santa’s lap to take pictures, while others accepted the gifts and candy bags and said a warm thank you.
As people left with Christmas songs in their heads, it surely was a night to remember.