Remembering their duty
With a registration number in the Barbados Boy Scouts Association of 004, James Street Methodist Church having been registered on November 6, 1915 had three major sections — namely, Cubs, Scouts and Rovers.
Today and with many challenges over the past years, the James Street Methodist Church still is registered as an active Scout group in Barbados. This church joined so many churches in Barbados and over the world in celebrating Palm Sunday. As good Scouts we quickly remember “Our Duty to God” and the Palm Sunday episode which is Biblically recorded. For ease of reference, many Christians celebrate Palm Sunday as a memorial of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection.
So for many Christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday”, marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross.
The James Street Methodist Church followed this traditional pattern with a slight variation. The band of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association was invited to join the congregation and lead them in their parade with palms through the district. Led by their Minister, Rev. Dr. Cuthbert Edwards it was a beautiful scene as many of the adults and children marched to the sound of the band waving their Palm branches.