Baptist Womens’ Federation
JBWF was formed on December 10, 1922.
Their motto is "Seek, Save,
aims of the Federation are:
bind all Baptist Women in the service
of Christ, helping one another. To
strengthen the spiritual life of the
members of the Church. To make contact
with those who are not Christians,
and to lead them to Christ.
give instructions to women in their
homes - how to care for their children,
how to live healthy lives, and to
assist generally in preparing young
people for Home and Family life.
take responsibility for the operation
of the Garland Hall Memorial Home
working in co-operation with the Local
Baptist Union Brotherhood
motto of the JBUB is "Finding
project and sustain a programme of
work which will have as its ultimate
objective the leading of men of the
Baptist Churches in fellowship with
the JBU into a realization of their
obligations and role in Missions/Evangelism.
provide a medium through which the
men can serve efficiently and effectively
in promoting the full programme of
their Church and denomination.
co-operate with JBU in the proper
administration of its ministries.
- to achieve the values inherent in
the Purpose, the Organization seeks
to promote among the men and instill
into their thinking the following aims
to Christ, to the Church, and to its
with every agency and organization
of the Church and denomination
emphasis upon the necessity of personal
consecration for worthy Christian/Stewardship
of home, self, substance and service
greater emphasis upon individual and
group effort in evangelism
to homes for the aged, orphanages,
institutions for handicapped, hospitals
and other similar institutions with
a view to cheering the inmates and
extending the gospel of Jesus Christ
circulation of our denomination's
co-operate with the Board of Mission
and Evangelism, for the promotion
and advancement of Baptist Work in
Jamaica and the Caribbean
aggressive and continuing effort to
reach, win and develop boys, young
men, older men for Christ through
Christian companionship and guidance
help build finances of the church
and to facilitate administration by
way of regular and generous offerings
help to ensure a progressive growth
in Church budgets to meet local needs,
and denominational causes, in order
that the gospel may be proclaimed
to the uttermost end of the earth
financial support and patronage of
continuing effort through the Brotherhood
to promote Christian Fellowship and
to enlist, utilize and organize all
the men of all our churches in active
Baptist Union Youth Department
1940 the Rev. Walter Foster of Calabar
High School assisted by Doris Morant
of the Ministry of Education organized
the "Young People's Department".
restructured Youth Movement of JBU was
launched in November 1983 by the Youth
Affairs Committee during the final service
of the Bi-centennial Celebrations at
Sabina Park, Kingston This Movement
was launched in an effort to strengthen
the relationships between young Baptists
across the island. Through this Movement,
Baptist Youth will have a forum for
joint action on issues they face and
1994 the Jamaica Baptist Union appointed
an Assistant General Secretary with
responsibility for Youth and Training.
In March of the following year, a Youth
Department was formed.
objectives of the Youth Department are:
inspire witness among young people
and engage them in the ministry of
missions and evangelism by:
its member bodies concerning
new forms and spheres of work
and witness and
use of Jamaica Baptist Unions,
Caribbean Baptist Fellowship
and Baptist World Alliance
and other forms of communication.
challenge young persons to maintain
an ongoing personal relationship with
God as the basis for meaningful involvement
in the life of the church.
foster better relationships and fellowship
among Baptist youth and between Baptist
youth and fellow Christian youth.
support and strengthen the activities
of regional Youth Fellowships Uniformed
Groups, Student Affairs and any other
group dedicated to the development
facilitate a forum for expressing
the views of the young people and
for the discussion of issues related
to wholesome development.
educate young people on the history
and beliefs of the denomination in
corroboration with the training arm
of the Jamaica Baptist Union
provide training ground for future
in all matters to be supportive of
the General Parish Associations, Jamaica
Baptist Union through the Youth Department
Youth Department in November 2005 saw
several changes and additions highlighted
motto, "Reach, Renew Rejoice.".
This motto speaks to how we as a
Youth Department hope to Reach and
have a positive impact people's lives,
in order for them to be Renewed by
God while we our selves are being
Renewed; and finally we can all Rejoice
vision statement, "Faithful
to God's unchanging Word, in our ever
changing world." This vision
statement depict how we as a Youth
Department will at all cost, live
our lives according to God's faithful
word, despite the pace of our ever
Chairman elected for a two-year term
and making room for the immediate
past chairman and a chairman elect
to sit on the officers' corps.
Structure of the Youth Department
Immediate Past Chairman
JBU Ex-Officio Members
Zone 1 (Portland & St. Thomas)
Zone 2 (Kingston/St. Andrew & St.
Zone 3 (Clarendon & Manchester/St.
Zone 4 (St. Mary, St. Ann & Trelawny)
Zone 5 (St. James, Westmoreland &
3 Members at Large
2 JBU Executive Representatives
National Youth Fellowships Committee
- responsible for overseeing the Baptist
Youth Fellowships and Parish Associations
of the island, through parish presidents
and area council representatives.
This also includes planning various
meetings and events.
National Young Adults Committee -
responsible for overseeing the various
Baptist Young Adult Groups of the
island as well as planning meetings
and other events for Young Adults.
National Student Affairs Committee
- responsible for overseeing Baptist
Tertiary Students and planning suitable
meetings and/or events for them
National Uniform Groups Committee
- responsible for overseeing the different
Uniformed Groups in our island's Baptist
Churches and plan suitable events
and/or meetings for them.
Camps Commission - responsible for
the planning and constant review of
Cultural Commission - responsible
for the planning and implementation
of Cultural activities especially
Area Eliminations and the National
Discipleship Commission - responsible
for evangelism and prayer programmes
including the planning and implementation
of the annual Baptist World Youth
Day of Prayer.
Sports Commission - responsible for
the Sports and Healthy Lifestyle Ministry
of the Youth Department and the planning
and implementation of annual sports
in Christian Education of the Jamaica
Baptist Union (JBU) congregations has
been the mandate of this department.
This training in Christian Education
is done through eight areas of ministry:
2. Vacation Bible School;
4. Christian Education Institute;
5. Spiritual Empowerment Conference;
6. Ministry to Persons with Disability;
7. Children's Ministries; and
8. Stewardship of the Environment.
Education ought to be considered as
spiritual formation. "Christian'
speaks to spirituality with certain
specificity and "Education"
speaks to shaping or more specifically,
to persuade or condition to feel, believe,
to act in a desired way. Congregation
is mentioned above because this community
of believers should be seen as the natural
place of initiation and formation, where
all aspects of congregational life coalesce
into one vast latent curriculum. One
learns how to pray, praise, witness,
and worship, more from living in community
with persons and less from a book. The
effectiveness of Christian spiritual
formation in the congregation is determined
greatly by the quality of life together
and by the depth and breadth of engagement
in Christian practices.
department's aim is therefore to make
members of our congregations who were
competent in Christian practices, having
experienced Christian spiritual formation
through identity-forming and life-changing
participation in practices constitutive
of the Christian faith and life.
for Today" is a broadcast
of the Jamaica Baptist Union that
can be heard on Radio Jamaica Ltd.
(RJR) every Sunday at 6:00 a.m. It
is a half an hour programme with a
message. It also offers activities
that the Union engages in.
Sounds" is another broadcast
of the Jamaica Baptist Union, Youth
Department. This programme can be
heard on Love 101. on Wednesdays at
4:30 p.m. It is a fifteen (15) minute
programme that deals with issues that
affect Youths in Jamaica from a Christian
Breath of Change - is religious
radio station owned and operated by
the Tarrant Baptist Church. Some of
the programmes are sponsored by the
Jamaica Baptist Union
Jamaica Baptist Union publishes a quarterly
newspaper "The Baptist Reporter".
This newspaper covers among other things,
news of the Churches; anniversaries,
dedication of buildings: family news,
Bible studies and commentaries on events
of national and or international significance.
Conference Centre & Camp Site
41 acre campsite/conference centre is
situated is located just 1.3 miles from
the clock tower in Duncans, Trelawny
as you turn South towards Clarke's Town,
with a magnificent sea-view to the north
and bathed by refreshing day and night
Nutshell you will be away from the sights
and sounds of the busy life of town
with its traffic and people. The sign
at the entrance to Nutshell says it
best, "Come Ye Apart and Rest Awhile."
are over 150 beds in Nutshell's facilities.
Most rooms will sleep six. There are
two large dorms. We have a few rooms
for only two persons. The Baptist Women's
Federation has provided an Executive
Suite with private bath, kitchen, bedroom
and dining and sitting room. This can
be reserved by special arrangement.
Contact our Administrator for information.
person should bring their own bed sheets,
pillow, towels and other personal needs.
Nutshell does not furnish these items.
Many personal needs can be purchased
in the Tuck Shop.
special place for washing clothes is
provided. Irons and ironing boards can
be checked out in the Tuck Shop. A few
sports items can be checked out in the
moderate size playing field is available;
it can accommodate football, netball,
basketball and volleyball.
Nutshell we are able to accommodate
your conferences, seminars, workshops
etc. There are three (3) conference
rooms available at Nutshell with seating
capacity raging from twenty (20) to
over one hundred eighty (180). Additionally,
there is the Gazebo (overlooking the
sea) that comfortably seats eighty (80)
facility is available to the public
and bookings should be made directly
through the Centre.