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A number of churches in New York City are putting their support behind Jamaica Homecoming 2005, with special services of worship on Sunday, October 2.
The move is in response to an appeal from members of the New York City Committee for Jamaica Homecoming 2005/HANDS Across Jamaica For Righteousness, headed by Consul General, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, who is the group’s honorary chairman.
Churches in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queen’s and Manhattan are expected to devote special aspects of their work to the national cause. “We have left Jamaica but we have not left the love of Jamaica”, said Bishop Dr. Cecil G. Riley, Senior Pastor of the Freedom Hall Church of Brooklyn and a member of the NYC committee.
“Let us not only pray but let us do, thereby providing some hope. It’s about time we take our country back, so let us all get involved,” he added.
Donations from the services will be forwarded to the national secretariat in Kingston, to fund island wide activities to mark National Homecoming Week from October 15 to 22.
Jamaica Homecoming 2005 is an eight-day national celebration of family and community involving nationals across the globe, who are being encouraged to return to the island and help in the process of rebuilding and renewal.
The goals are to change the mindset of Jamaicans from one of hopelessness to hopefulness and to encourage citizens to embrace wholesome lifestyles and attitudes.
The core activities will be stated under the theme: ‘Let’s Take Our Country Back,’ and will feature exhibitions, expositions, sporting, cultural and inspirational activities and community work days. Overseas Jamaicans can participate in parish activities by contacting the local parish committee representatives.
Jamaica Homecoming 2005/HANDS is being staged under the patronage of Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke and will begin with a thanksgiving service at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Mandeville.
The national programme will culminate on October 22 with a Rally for Jamaica and Peace Concert inside the National Stadium car park, starting at 3:00 p.m.
The concert will be televised live to the nation. Further information is available@: www.jamaicahomecoming.net or by calling the National Secretariat at: 876-920-3505 or the NYC Committee at: 212-935-9000.