Large crowds flocked to the George Town Cricket Field on Easter Sunday (16 April), attracted by the twenty20 cricket tournament and the various fish dishes cooked up by the volunteers of the Kings Adventist Church’s Community Services Department.

The excitement is palpable as the West Bay team celebrated its cup-winning performance in the Kings Church Community Services first Conference-wide fundraising cricket tournament. At right holding the microphone is Kings Community Services Leader Stephanie Jackson. (Photo credit Pat Solomon)

Kings Church Community Services Department, with the support of the Adventist Conference Community Services Department’s Assistant Director Angela Hall and other churches’ community services departments, had organised the event as a means of raising funds for community projects. The fair-like atmosphere, with running commentary on the cricket match by Mr. Joshua Lawrence, included enthusiastic domino games, jumping castles, bargain-priced snow cones and popped corn, blood pressure and blood-sugar checks, and general socialising among attendees.

Projects that will benefit from the event include the recently launched soup kitchen that serves communities in the Windsor Park and Walkers Road areas.  Another upcoming project that will benefit is the back-to-school drive to assist parents in equipping their children for the new school year beginning in September.  Kings Church plays a major role in the Adventist Conference’s Community Services Department’s annual school give-away fair staged at the Airport Park.

Kings Church will also continue to support the Have a Heart Cayman Foundation that sponsors children in need of life-saving heart survey delivered at Health City.  In addition, the church’s Community Services Department responds to needs requiring urgent interventions among families and individuals residing in the George Town area.

“I was delighted that the church community responded so generously with their time and resources to make this event such as success,” said Kings’ Pastor Jeff Jefferson, who thanked his Community Services Leader Stephanie Jackson for her commitment to the cause of meeting community needs, and added: “Besides the funds that were raised, it was an opportunity for church members from all points on Grand Cayman to come together to have some fun.”

Cricket, lovely, cricket, took over the George Town Cricket Oval on Easter Sunday as four teams drawn from Grand Cayman’s Adventist churches competed.

Community Services Leader Jackson thanked the church’s 21 volunteers who, she said, give so unstintingly of their time in making all the various activities a success, both from the perspective of raising funds and in implementing programmes.

At the end of the Easter Sunday cricket tournament, the winners’ cup, donated by C&M Williams Construction, went to the West Bay team, in which the Berea Church yet again showed its dominance.  The West Bayers had emerged the winners from among teams grouped into Zones, representing churches starting with the eastern districts right around to those in West Bay.

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