The mission of the Ebenezer Women's Fellowship is to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, enrichment, education and creative ministries to enable women to develop a sense of personal responsibility for the whole mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. The motto is "Sincerity in Service"
The Women's Fellowship meets on the 3rd Monday if the month. However 2 -3 times a year, they host the meeting of the Regional WOmen's Fellowship on the first Monday of each month. These Regional meetings rotate monthly among the churches in the Nassau Region.
One of the goals of the Ebenezer Women's Fellowship is to encourage younger omwne of the congregation to become a part of the group and dispel the myth that the group is only for retired and senior ladies. In recent years, the Fellowship has attracted younger ladies of our congregation and all of these persons are actively involved.
Planned activities include visits and the delivery of care packages to the sick and shut-in members of the congregation. Joint meetings are sometimes held with the Men's Fellowship as well as the annual bus tour.
CURRENT OFFICERS (2014-2016)
President - Wendy Bowe-Smith
Vice President - Paulette Humes
Treasurer - Una Sawyer
Assistant Treasurer - Freda Hall
Secretary - Pamella Sands
Assistant Secretary - Margaret Rolle
Chaplain - Doris Hanna
Assistant Chaplain - Merrill Thompson
HISTORY OF EBENEZER WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP
In August of 1974, Rev. Dennis Magnus, after preaching his last sermon at Ebenezer, presented Enola Morris with brochures inviting the ladies to a seminar on women's work. Enola and Elina Lighbourne attended the seminar led by Cynthia Clear of the United Theological College of The West Indies. Additionally, Olga Brookes-Smith, Deaconness in The Bahamas at the time, invited representatives from all Methodist churches to a meeting to formulate goals and objectives for women's groups. Enola Lightbourne and Zala Johnson attended and a subsequently a Women's Group was formed at Ebenezer.
On October 23, 1974, the following officers were elected:
Joyce Dean - President
Dorothy Johnson - Vice President
Enola Lightbourne - Secretary
Una Sawyer - Assistant Secretary
Effie Archer - Treasurer
During the time when Rowena Eldon was President, the group's name was formally changed to 'Ebenezer Women's Fellowship'.
EBENEZER WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP PRESIDENTS:
1974 - 1978 Joyce Deane
1978 - 1980 Una Sawyer
1980 - 1982 Dorothy Johnson
1982 - 1987 Rowena Eldon
1987 - 1990 Gwen Johnson
1990 - 1992 Angela Tynes
1993 - 1996 Gloria Finley
1996 - 1999 Enola Morris
1999 - 2003 Gloria Finley
2003 - 2004 Yolande Lockhart
2004 - 2005 Jennie Basden
2005 - 2010 Lorraine Phillpot
2010 - 2014 Beverly Roberts
2014 - Wendy Smith
40th ANNIVERSARY - OCT 19, 2014
Under the theme “Sincerity in Service, the Women’s Fellowship of Ebenezer Methodist Church held their Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Mrs. Beverly Roberts, Immediate Past President was the worship leader for the service and the message was brought by Deacon Elmena Bethell. During the service, greetings were brought by the Vice President, Mrs. Paulette Humes and Vice President of the regional Women’s Fellowship, Ms. Sonia Rolle. Miss Giavanna Knowles, Youth Director at Ebenezer blessed those gathered with a powerful solo. Ladies in the Fellowship were awarded with plaques and certificates for their years of service and a reception followed in the sir Durward Knowles Auditorium at Epworth Hall. We were proud to have Mrs. Joyce Deane, Past President, join us at this service. The Womens’ Fellowship started in 1974 and continues to remain present in the life of Ebenezer today.