Epsom Baptist Church is located in the community of Epsom, a small district found in St Mary. The district is about four miles outside the town of Annotto Bay on your way to the parish of Portland. The country of Jamaica is broken into 13 Parishes or Districts. (similar to ‘states’ in America). When we go to the CSI mission house, it is located in St. Mary’s Parish.
Socioeconomic status of the community
The community is basically a farming one with most of its citizens being subsistence farmers. The family size is big and usually depicts the extended family with parents and grandparents living together.
There is a proliferation of small shops which cater to the needs of the citizens. These shops are sparsely stocked with items that reflect the general demand of the household.
Most of the young people are unemployed with the older ones being unemployable. Despite the challenges, the citizens are friendly and exercise great care for each other.
There is a primary school in the area where the students’ performance in internal and external examinations is commendable. One of our very deacons, Carvel Ashbourne served as a principal there.
Epsom Baptist Church History
Epsom Baptist Church, one of four churches in the Annotto Bay Circuit is a member of the Jamaica Baptist Union. The pastor at present is Rev. Travis Drummond. The witness is more than one hundred years old and the building was originally board. Earlier in its existence, the church served as a school for the community. Many of the older citizens of the community received their basic education there.
The present membership is thirty (30) with females outnumbering males. Membership is affected by unemployment as members often seek employment outside of the community and do not return. The male population is severely affected by this, as at present only one active male is there. Most of our members fall in the age group fifty and over.
For our activities, we have Bible study, Prayer meetings, Youth fellowship, and Divine worship service. Evangelistic services are held each year in the church and at the town squares, these are usually well attended and yield fruits. We have our community outreach program which involves visiting and presenting care packages to needy members/citizens. Funds are also given to the sick in securing medication.
There is the proposed Brunch with the Lord (BWL) vision where we will meet for prayer every Thursday and serve refreshment. The pastor and the team will make themselves available to the citizens of the community. A few of these programs are being affected by COVID. We also work with other churches in and around the area.
Over the years God has been faithful to Epsom Baptist Church and the witness continues to be alive and relevant.
DAY 1 | June 14, 2021
The crew was able to safely do the ‘better half’ of the roof – shown here are the wonderful views of the area from up on top! What a blessing to have a dry day.
A highlight of the day was when Brad Wright (CSI Student Support Coordinator) reconnected with a friend from grade school!
Neighborhood children (and church families) become a part of your build experience! It’s always a joy and delight to love on them. In this case, Ladeana taught them how to use the iPad and that was a treat!
DAY 2 | June 15, 2021
Tore off side two and fixed boards where it was leaking. Plan to zinc today and go to the dump to dispose of the previous roofing torn off on Day 1. Guys are starting to sand and polyurethane inside.
DAY 3 | June 16, 2021
Roofing work is not for the faint of heart! In addition to the heat, the height and difficulty take a toll on these workers. They have persevered in the midst of these conditions! They were able to get a good handle on the project and will continue working. As you can see, they are putting up a metal roof to replace the existing roofing.
DAY 4 | June 17, 2021
Sanding and prepping the inside of the sanctuary ceiling has begun. In addition, the crew was able to haul off the old roofing, shown in the pile. It’s a long process and they have enlisted the assistance of a hard worker, Ryan. He is an experienced roofer and a friend of the church family. What a blessing to be able to have more hands on this project.
ROOF DEDICATION SERVICE
Here is the order of the service
Church Roof Dedication Prayer
THE FINISHED ROOF PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE SANCTUARY
Each day the teams met for Devotions and shared the love of Christ!
Day 1 Devotions
Day 2 Devotions
Day 3 Devotions
THE DELPHI TEAM DID TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER PROJECTS!
The same week that the CSI Jamaican staff was building a home for a family in Jamaica, the Delphi UMC team was doing volunteer work in their neighborhoods and community. From cleaning and staining a deck to trimming trees for an elderly woman, the team served where they were able to make an impact for Christ.