CISOCA to Address Domestic Violence Tonight at Hellshire SDA’s Christian Home and Family Week -Portmore Citizens News


Portmore, St Catherine – February 15, 2017:

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) will be addressing domestic and intimate partner violence in a presentation at the Hellshire SDA Church in Hellshire Park, St Catherine this evening.The presentation is one of a weeklong series of seminars currently underway at the Church as part of its Christian Home and Family Week.

“Healing in the Home” is the theme of the nightly series which started on Saturday, February 11 and continues into the weekend with more interesting presentations all geared toward disseminating Bible-based guidance for improving spousal and family relationships from a Christian perspective.

Host pastor Mervin Morris, who is also a trained family therapist and counselling psychologist is the main speaker. In his lead presentation on Sunday night, he addressed issues such as adultery and how couples should maintain intimacy in their marriage.

Tuesday night’s presenters were husband and wife team, Norma and Oswald Morgan, the church’s Family Ministries Directors who spoke on the topic “Reclaiming the Family Altar,” addressing the importance of parents cultivating and following Christian lifestyle and worship habits in the home.

Asked why the topic of domestic and intimate partner violence is being specially featured this evening, Mr Morgan noted that including the topic in the line-up and having CISOCA present was a deliberate move to bring community awareness to the issue which has dominated the public and media spotlight recently.

“We were looking at different families and we know that domestic violence is one of the issues families are agonising over and yet not talking about although it’s there. We believe that people need to be aware of the trigger factors to help them identify domestic violence in their relationships as this would help them identify the potential for violence that exists and tell them if the relationship is moving in the right direction.”

“And not only theirs but maybe a neighbour, family member or friend. So we hope that with education, the community can also reach out to other families experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence. We felt it would be good to bring CISOCA in to share in this week’s seminars because of the high level of experience the Agency’s leadership has in partner violence,” he stated.


Pastor Damian Chambers scheduled to speak to youth in Sabbath sessions as Christian Home and Families Week winds down this weekend. Photo Credit: CJC

Another featured speaker billed for the rest of the week is Director of Communications, Health and Assistant to the President for Evangelism at the Central Jamaica Conference, Pastor Damian Chambers.

Pastor Chambers will speak to the youth through the first of two presentations beginning Friday evening, February 17. He will speak again on Saturday at the 11 a.m. mid-day service. These presentations will take on a youth focus as the church celebrates its Youth Day.

The nightly sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. nightly.

Parents, couples and families of the Portmore and Hellshire community are invited to attend these presentations.

See the flyer for more details.



Join Hellshire SDA and CISOCA for domestic violence seminar this evening at 7:00 p.m. Flyer Credit: Jovan Munroe

For directions to the church, view the Google map below and plot your travel route here.



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Weekend Conference to Tackle Infidelity in Marriage


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Can there be Forgiveness and Reconciliation after Infidelity?

She was 17, a little more than a child bride, and eight and a half months pregnant at that. He had just turned 18. With their parent’s consent, they got married. Seven years into a love-filled marriage, it happened. He committed what in many wives’ eyes would be the unforgiveable: an extra-marital affair.

An outside child was born. The days that preceded his revelation to his wife were filled with bitter pills of despair, shame and fear. Even suicide seemed like a viable way out. How Maureen and Philbert Bailey survived those dreadful moments when the bottom fell out of their marriage 33 years ago is a story of the power of a praying wife, an enduring love, forgiveness, reconciliation, and second chances; a compelling story with practical advice from hard-learned lessons any couple struggling to find hope after infidelity will want to hear.

Dr. Philbert U. Bailey and Bishop Maureen Bailey, co-pastors and family counsellors of Pentecostal Gospel Showers are among a team of featured speakers who will share their story at this weekend’s Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage Conference in the hope of inspiring couples looking for practical, professional and Bible-based advice on how to safeguard their marriage against infidelity and move from recovery to reconciliation.

Here are the event details

WHEN:          December 12, 2015; Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Conference Room, Manpower and Maintenance Service Ltd, 1 Eureka Rd, Kingston 10

WHAT: The Faithfulness: The Essence of Marriage conference will be facilitated by a team of married couples who will bring practical experience to an extensive body of understanding of the dynamics of the marital relationship. The event is specifically targeted for couples in troubled marriages looking to recommit and fortify their marriage. It is also for those couples in otherwise solid, loving relationships who want to further enrich or ‘rekindle the passion’ and safeguard their marriage against infidelity.

WHO:  Presenters’ Schedule

10:30 -12 noon       Safeguarding your Marriage Against Infidelity

Presenters: Family Life Ministries Counselor, Kevin Bailey & Mrs                                   Muriel Bailey

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Overcoming Infidelity in Marriage

Presenters: Pastors Paul and Dorrette Blake

3:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. The Importance of Recommitment and                                                              Reconciliation

   Presenters: Philbert and Maureen Bailey

Break out Session4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Husbands and Wives separate)

5:20 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Renewal of Vows Service (Open to all couples wishing to recommit)

WHY: Data contained in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics, which is published by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) indicates that Jamaica’s divorce rate has increased while its marriage rate is decreasing. In 2014, 2,410 divorces absolute were granted. The divorce rate in Jamaica is 13 in every 100 marriages. More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years. The data also indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years. No doubt, Christian couples are among these statistics.

Organiser/Convenor of the Faithfulness, the Essence of Marriage Conference, Keisha Ann Thomas, thinks reconciliation is a better and possible option to divorce. Hence, the theme and purpose for this year’s staging: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

She notes that attendees at this weekend’s conference can expect practical, professional and Biblical advice on how to accomplish reconciliation after infidelity. She hopes that the event will renew couples’ faith in their marriage and help them gain a fresh start. “What I most want to see is a birth of healing and forgiveness for those whose marriages are damaged and who feel it’s over; for those whose marriages are working, this conference will also show them how to safeguard it against unfaithfulness,” she noted. To register for the conference, couples can call 934-1300/524-1103 or 442-2288. Single registrants are also invited.

Registration Cost: $2,500 per couple; Single married attendee: $1500

Light Lunch is  included in registration fee.




Kencot SDA To Help Jamaican Families heal thru FREE Psychological Counselling Series


The Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrates Family Relational Health and Healing Week at the Kencot SDA Church grounds from Wednesday, December 9 until Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

In a press release issued today, the church stated that FREE interactive seminars will be held from Wednesday to Friday nights from 7.00 p.m. to 8.45 p.m. The seminars continue on Saturday at 11.00 a.m. and resume at 4.30 p.m.

Top Psychologists and Medics among Seminar Leaders

These seminars will be facilitated by psychologists and medical doctors who will discuss strategies for dealing with stress, depression, loneliness, anger, anxiety, lack of forgiveness and hate, among other mental health issues.

Featured presenters, among them, Clinical Psychologist Anthony Gordon and Head of Dept for Surgery, Radiology, Anaethesia and Intensive Care, Professor Newton Duncan will also demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between mental health and physiological health and spiritual health.

Free Clinic

On Sunday, December 12 , a FREE Clinic offering Psychological Counselling and Medical consultation services with psychologists and physicians as well as other health care professionals will be open to the public.

FREE psychological counselling continues on Monday and Tuesday December 14 and 15 from 6.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.

The social and economic challenges facing Jamaicans today have meant that many are not coping well with the day-to-day stresses of life. This FREE Family Relational Health and Healing Seminar and Counselling Service will provide opportunities for Jamaicans to learn critical coping skills, relationship-building strategies and the attendant health and wellness.

Facts about Kencot SDA Church

  • Providing spiritual healing in  Jamaica for approximately 80 years;
  • Home to Kencot Youth Choir.
  • Pastor: Kevin White
  • Address:  10-12 Osbourne Road, Kencot, Kingston.
  • Congregation Size: 600
  • Contact: Phone: 929-2773; Email:

The event is being hosted jointly  by the Family Life Ministries and Health Ministries Departments.

For more information, contact You may also call 395-6652 OR 839-0428.