Georgetown, Guyana – (November 30, 2018) Minister of Public Affairs, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams, this evening, said the church allows for the fostering of social cohesion among its members and the communities in which they are located.

Minister Hastings-Williams was at the time delivering the feature address at the Advent Candle Light Service, held at the Alleyne African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church, Regent Street, Georgetown.

The Public Affairs Minister who spoke on behalf of President David Granger said, “It [the Christmas season] signifies the hope, joy and love of the God irrespective of the nation’s cultural and ethnic diversity. The Christmas season is significant to all Guyanese because it bring us all together.”

Additionally, the Minister said that Christmas is the season of giving and fellowship and urged those present to carry out their functions in the true Christmas spirt. “As we focus on the joy, love, peace and hope this seasons brings I encourage you to have the love of God in your lives. Do not lose focus on the true meaning of Christmas and I implore you to be your brother’s keeper,” she said.

The candle light service is an annual event held by the Church to signify a period of being hopeful as they prepare for the Christmas season and the second coming of Jesus Christ. The lighting of the four candles represents the four weeks of Advent.

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