100-year-old mum toast of Newbury Church

It was a full house at the Newbury Church of the Nazarene yesterday as mothers crowded the St George Pentecostal Church to start off their Mother’s Day celebrations with some spiritual enlightenment.

But even as Pastor Wayne Seale celebrated all of them, 99-year-old mother of three Ercilla Sealy, who joined the centenarian club today, was the special guest of honour.

Displaying the strength and finesse of someone half her age, Ercilla Sealy thanked God for allowing her to reach this milestone.

During a lively service, the congregation gave thanks for the life of the former seamstress, also known as ‘Mum Ma’, who has dedicated more than half her life to the church.

Eager to participate in what was the start of her 100th birthday celebrations, Sealy took the microphone and delivered her personal testimony to the packed congregation.

“When we come down to old age and we still have Jesus, he stay all the way with us and we can trust him. . . . I want to trust him till I die. He brought me all the way down to a hundred and I want to thank him. It was not always easy, but thank God it was always Jesus,” proclaimed the island’s newest centenarian.

Centenarian Ercilla Sealy celebrates her birthday with her great–grandson Chaim Holder (left) and her daughter Pamela Sealy (left) at the Newbury Church of the Nazarene.
Classmate and friend, 96 –year–old Myrtle Skeete shares a laugh with centenarian Ercilla Sealy.

Sealy was described by close friends and church members as a virtuous, God-fearing woman who dedicated much of her life to missionary work and steering children in the church along the path of righteous.

Following the theme of motherhood and family, Pastor Kenroy Burke suggested that mothers be careful of what legacy they leave behind for generations to follow.

“Mothers today, it does not just end with you. If you sow a seed you never know the type of harvest you will get,” said the visiting pastor. “Be careful of what you sow into your children because the harvest you might get you might not want.”

He urged the mothers in the congregation to carefully nurture their children, as every positive and negative word they expressed and behaviour they exhibited would have a long-lasting impact on their children’s development.

“We have to understand that . . .  the main reasons why our children are the way they are, is because of the misjudgements that we make. I’m ever so often reminded that even the things I say to my children will make an eternal impact.

“Life and death is in the power of the tongue, so we could get away because of ignorance in the past with calling them [our children] goats and all sorts of things. But today, . . . with the knowledge that we have, we can’t afford to speak negativity into our children’s lives. By our actions, we show our children what to do with their children,” he added.

14 Responses to 100-year-old mum toast of Newbury Church

  1. Marina Taylor
    Marina Taylor May 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful Queen. God Bless you.

  2. Deborah Small
    Deborah Small May 15, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    What a beautiful lady…congratulations on reaching 100 years.

  3. Lenecia Bowers
    Lenecia Bowers May 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    God bless you and your family God is on your side

  4. Paula Stoute
    Paula Stoute May 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Beautiful Queen. May God’s blessings and favour continue to be over your life

  5. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave May 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    God is good , he blessed her to reached that age

  6. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse May 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Sealy. Blessings apon Blessings… God bless you…

  7. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne May 15, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    GOD continue to bless my family

  8. VoR May 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    She doesn’t look a day over 80! Bless her!

  9. D. Grantley Elcock May 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Happy 100th. Mrs. Sealy. You’ve been truly an inspiration to hundreds over the years. May God continue to richly bless you as he has in the past, and may the examples set by you continue to bear fruit in the lives of those privileged to have met you. Your reaching such a milestone has surely given us reasons to smile as we celebrate with you. To your continued longevity, keep on doing what you have done to bring you this far. God bless.

  10. Margaret Ross-Salavarria May 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

    As Ms. Sealy said, “It wasn’t always easy, but it was always Jesus”. Happy 100th Birthday, Ms. Sealy, many more and God bless. My favorite people, the elderly.

  11. Tyron Lynch May 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Happy belated birthday 100th birthday mum ma may God continue to bless and keep you in Jesus name.

  12. Junior Perry May 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations and best wishes to Ma Sealy. How do we convince the Gen X and Millenniums that the culture of Barbados and by extension the widder Caribbean (Not the culture of the first world Nations) is the pathway to a long happy life.

  13. Orville Hall May 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I have known Mrs. Sealy from the time I was a kid. I grew up in Newbury, and I passed her house every day on my way to school and church at St. Augustine. Her son Livy and I always had a great relationship. Happy 100, and may God continue to bless her as she reaches for 101.

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