Wedding at the Temple
Newlyweds exchange rings. From left to right are Evangelist Ray Andries, Pastor Oslyn Harvey, Apostle Eugene Springette, Wendell Brookes, Minister Agatha James-Andries, Waveney Garnett, Helen Jefferson and Fitzherbert Audler
St. Kitts (March 1, 2010) Peter Ngunjiri — A month after the Temple of Dieppe Bay started holding church activities at the yet to be completed church complex next to the new Dieppe Bay Police Station, members celebrated a unique first, with the solemnisation of a wedding in the new sanctuary on Sunday February 28.
“This is a major step in our spiritual journey,” commented the Temple’s spiritual leader, Apostle Eugene Springette, after Wendell Brookes of Brown Pasture Nevis and Guyanese Waveney Garnett had exchanged marriage vows in front of an excited congregation.
The marriage ceremony, the first to be held at the Temple, was officiated by Minister Agatha James-Andries, who later delivered the sermon under the theme ‘Affect lives with your gifts and fruits of the spirit’. Members of the Templite Dance Group serenaded the new couple.
Apostle Springette and Pastor Oslyn Harvey offered spiritual and general guidance to the couple before they tied the knot. Giving away the bride was her brother Fitzherbert Audler, while Evangelist Ray Andries escorted the bridegroom.
Members of the Templite Dance Group serenade the newlyweds
The Temple completed the first phase of its planned church building development on Sunday January 31, when it moved the sanctuary from the Dieppe Bay Fisheries Co-operative building to the new base up the road next to the new police station still under construction.
The new church building is far from complete and according to the spiritual leader, Apostle Eugene Springette, they have moved into the basement hall that is complete while they seek funds to complete the ground floor of the main building that will hold the sanctuary and church offices.
“God’s work has to continue, and I feel that we have been blessed to move at this speed,” stated Springette. “When we first started, we were in a dilapidated building in the village that we shared with drunkards and gamblers who would use it in the week and we would use it on Sundays.”
He said that God has used His people, and through their donations the Temple has been able to complete the first phase of the church complex. He saw the holding of the first wedding at the new sanctuary as an acceptance of his ministry, and he looks forward to more such activities in the future.