Churches on th Eastern District
Our District Convention is planned for August 14 - 16, 2015. The venue is Port Antonio Church. Theme is, 'Wesleyans Fulfilling the Mission Mandate'. . here
Genesis of the W.H.C.
Constant Spring Wesleyan Holiness Church
The name "Wesleyan" is in honour of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England, who was born in 1703 and converted to Christianity in 1738. He became the inspiration behind the Methodist Movement. The name ‘Methodist’ was a nickname given to Wesley and his friends in ministry in 1735, because of their disciplined routine (or method) of spiritual devotion and social work.
The first Methodists went to America in 1766 and organized the Methodist Episcopal Church
in 1784. In 1843 a group of pastors and local churches left that denomination because of their strong antislavery convictions and their preference for a more democratic form of church government. They adopted the name of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection, later changed to The Wesleyan Methodist Church in America.
The Wesleyan Holiness Church in Western Jamaica, were originally known as Missionary Bands of the World. The Missionary Bands of the World was founded in Indiana, USA in 1885 as the Pentecost Bands. It was then an auxiliary of the Free Methodist Church, but became a separate organization in 1895 to be known as the ‘Missionary Bands’. At its 1925 annual conference it changed names and became the
Missionary Bands of the World Incorporated. As time progressed churches were established in the State of Indiana, with mission fields in Central India and Jamaica.
Before the end of the 1800s, an indigenous holiness church known as the Christian Catholic Church was established in Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. I. S. Tate. Tate learned of entire sanctification through the writings of
Rev. A. M. Hills, and corresponded with him. Under Tate’s ministry, Ella Ruddock
- a Jamaican from Strawberry Westmoreland was converted at age 12. Miss Ruddock worked in one of his churches before travelling in 1890 to study at Taylor University in Upland Indiana, where she spent 4 years. While at Taylor
University, she was invited to a Camp Meeting sponsored by the Missionary Bands, and an acquaintance developed. She travelled again to the United States in 1910.
In 1912, a tragedy occurred that dominated whatever existed of the written or electronic media across the world. It related graphically
of that fatal Night on April 14 when the then largest and most luxurious ship afloat, travelled from Southampton in England, on her maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, destined for New York City in the USA. At about 11:40
that Sunday night, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg, and about 2 hrs. 40 minutes later at 2:20 a.m. on Monday April 15, amid the cries for mercy from 1,496 people, the 882 feet long 92 feet wide, 45,000 tons vessel, went beneath the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The horror stories of that eventful night swept across the world like wild fire, and impacted on the minds of travellers, that if the Titanic could go down, what couldn’t. This however did not deter the indomitable spirit of the woman known as Ella Ruddock, who for the second time returned that very year from the United States to fulfil God’s mandate on her life for her island home. More