The Bunyan Institute of Theological Studies (BITS)
One of the visions of our church has been to start a Theological Institute “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). So, for the last few years, in addition to ongoing expository preaching and teaching, we began to conduct concentrated theological and Biblical counseling modules for the members of our church and any other interested persons. Qualified brethren from churches in the USA kindly consented to come and teach these modules.
In God’s time and will, we formally launched our Institute with the name Bunyan Institute of Theological Studies (BITS). Pastor Sugrim Ramesar is leading this ministry in our church and the students meet every Tuesday to study under his guidance.
BITS has its own dedicated room for classes and a well-stocked exhaustive theological library.
Our concern in theological training is not only for the present generation. We are deeply concerned for the future generations. We earnestly desire to see them taught “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 1:3). We want to see them well-grounded in the truth, to be willing to stand for the truth and, if necessary to suffer for the truth.
Our desire is to see BITS develop into a full-fledged theological program with students from other churches and even from other Caribbean islands. May the Lord glorify Himself in the work of BITS.
Evangelism and Missions
The Lord Jesus Christ has clearly commanded His church to make disciples (Matt.28:18-20). The first step in this great work of making disciples is evangelism, that is, the preaching of the gospel with a view to seeing sinners converted to Christ. (Acts 8:4; 1Tim.1:15).
At the Reformed Evangelical Church, we have sought to faithfully preach the gospel over the years and have rejoiced to see conversions, baptisms, and additions to our church membership. But the work of evangelism can be done through other means. And so, as a church we have been distributing CDs with evangelistic sermons, booklets, and tracts in various communities. In recent times we have been using our church’s website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and WhatsApp to spread the gospel. Lastly, various members have been conducting evangelistic Bible studies with interested persons. All of our evangelistic activities are buttressed with earnest prayer to God to see fruit. (Jn.15:16).
By God’s grace, we remain resolute in our goal to be an evangelistic and Bible-teaching church. It is not enough to see sinners converted to Christ. The Bible requires that we teach them to obey Christ’s commands. The faithful and sound teaching of God’s word will fill their minds with the knowledge of God’s word, produce in them healthy spiritual growth, guard their souls from false teachers and their false teachings, teach them how to deal with temptations, sanctify them and prepare them for their heavenly home and reward. (Acts 20:20-31; Eph.4:10-16; 2Tim.4:1-4).
The Lord Jesus Christ promised, “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matt.16:18). We earnestly desire to be actively involved in the outworking of this promise.
2 Cor. 5:20 says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
The main objective of our Men’s Ministry is to encourage our men to live Christlike lives. We seek to achieve this objective through the teaching of the word of God during our stated times of fellowship.
Whether we are having panel discussions centred around a specific topic, or social gatherings filled with table talk discussions, food and board games, REC's Men's ministry strives to create an environment for our men to be comfortable in their manliness. We desire to equip men to live a godly life as they serve in the family, church, and community.
The REC Men’s ministry seeks to empower men to:
- Grow and live in a Christ-like manner.
- Develop an effective prayer life.
- Effectively use their gifts to glorify God.
- Build closer personal relationships through social activities.
We are dedicated to helping men understand biblical-manhood.
The scope of men's ministry would cover young teenagers to elderly men
Due to Covid19 restrictions, Sunday School Ministry will commence in 2021.
Vacation Bible School
Our church hosts our Vacation Bible School every year during the first week of the July/ August vacation period. We started off with approximately 30 children; now our VBS has grown to include 120 children, ranging from ages 3 years to 16 years. This week-long event includes activities in the areas of Singing, Craft, Storytelling, Skits and Games. The length of each day's program is 3 hours; starting at 9 am and ending at 12 noon.
Every year we use a different theme to educate kids about the Bible and to spread the message of the gospel. It is our prayer, as a church, that they would tell their parents about what they have learnt in their five days with us. We hope this would encourage their parents to also want to learn more about God's Word. Secondly, it is our privilege to plant gospel seeds in the hearts of each child who comes through our doors. We pray that every song sung and every verse learnt will resonate and someday bear fruit. Our volunteer teachers and helpers have expressed that their interaction with the children and their parents have truly been a blessing to their hearts and that it is indeed an honour to serve and glorify God in the building up of His kingdom.
Fellowship & Fine Arts
The mission of the R.E.C. Art Ministry is to use art as a medium to Fellowship and share the word of God. In addition, we recognize our Heavenly Father as the very first Artist.
In this regard, we hope to share the joy of painting with others and help them to realize and develop any hidden artistic skills they may have. The workshops are open to church members and visitors of all ages.
With the support of our church leaders, we initiated the Fellowship and Fineart workshop in October of 2017. By God's grace, it has been growing.
At each workshop, the class is tutored on a painting subject that depicts a passage from the scriptures. We open with prayer and the singing of hymns. Then a devotional from God's word is shared. The Biblical passage chosen usually relates to the tutor's painting lesson.
It is our prayer and desire to see this Art ministry grow and reach out to other churches and the community to the glory of God.