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Lab at Flamingo Gardens URC gets Bishop Charles Young nametag
By Matt Maura
Sep 15, 2021 - 5:18:07 PM

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell (at right) presents Bishop Charles Young (centre) with a plaque commemorating the computer lab at the Flamingo Gardens Urban Renewal Centre being named the Bishop Charles Young Computer Lab and Educational Centre. Also pictured (at left) is Mrs. Ruth Mae Johnson-Young, the Bishop’s wife. The event took place Monday, September 13. (BIS Photo/Matt Maura)

Nassau, The Bahamas – Bishop Charles Young’s vast contributions to society at the church, community and civic levels are a testament to the saying that a man’s greatness is truly measured by his service to his church, community and country, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell said Monday.
Addressing the naming ceremony of the Computer Lab at Flamingo Gardens Urban Renewal Centre, which became the ‘Bishop Charles Young Computer Lab and Educational Centre’ (held Monday, September 13), Minister Campbell said Bishop Young’s contributions to the various levels of society, are immeasurable.
The Presiding Bishop and Senior Pastor at United Christian Cathedral, Flamingo Gardens, Bishop Young has been a pillar in the surrounding community of Carmichael, “giving freely” of his time, talents and treasures. He has been a constant in the Cathedral’s community outreach for more than 50 years and in two locations, serving in various roles in the church including those of Bus Driver, Sunday School Teacher, musician, Choir Director, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, Minister, Counselor, Marriage Officer and Assistant Pastor – prior to his elevation to the post of bishop. (The cathedral’s initial location was Lincoln Boulevard.)
Minister Campbell said Monday’s recognition ceremony upholds Scripture which says: “Those who humble themselves, Shall be Exalted.”
(Monday’s ceremony was the fourth in a series of ceremonies conducted by the Urban Renewal Commission. The first was held at the Centreville Urban Renewal Centre in honour of Ms. Ella Lewis; the second at the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Centre in honour of Mr. Kermit Smith, and the third ceremony took place at the Pinewood Gardens Urban Renewal Centre in honour of Bishop Charles Rolle.)
Bishop Charles Young cuts the ribbon leading to the Computer Lab and Educational Centre that was named in his honour during ceremonies at the Flamingo Gardens Urban Renewal Centre. Pictured (at left) is Mrs. Ruth Mae Johnson-Young, the Bishop’s wife, and (at right), Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell. (BIS Photo/Matt Maura)

“Sir, today we seek to memorialize your name so that the persons using this facility henceforth, and for as long as it stands, will understand and be able to appreciate that the man whose name it bears is a man who knows the struggle, is a man who persevered, is a man whose life story will inspire even the least among us that -- if they remain steadfast and true to the right path -- that they too could someday be recognized, that someday they too could be elevated, that someday they too could have their name on a plaque for the world to know that they did not just exist, that they did not just pass this way, but that they actually stopped and made a positive contribution to community, society and country. I extend my gratitude to you on behalf of a grateful people of these two communities, and a grateful government for your contributions and sacrifices.”
The Social Services Minister commended Bishop Young for a “life’s story” that exemplifies perseverance, great achievement, and an ability to overcome great odds.
“Today we are here to honour a man of distinction; a man who exemplifies the saying: ‘A man’s greatness is really through service.’ A man who, while you look at him today and say this is the Bishop of the Cathedral, the truth is that this is a man who started off as the bus driver for the church -- which, by the way, was a pivotal role to the worship of all of those who had no personal means of transportation in times past -- and worked and persevered his way to the top.
“Here is a man who proved that he was satisfied to serve in various capacities as he advanced and improved his personal life and career through educational pursuits. He never tired of doing the work of the Lord; he never tired of doing his community work; he never tired of taking the time out to advise a young person; he never tired of sharing his own personal treasure to ensure that someone was uplifted, to ensure that someone was inspired, to ensure that someone had hope and that there was a tomorrow they could be a part of.”
Minister Campbell said while Bishop Young deserved the acclaim, it was important to also commend his family – wife of 46 years, Mrs. Ruth Mae Johnson-Young, children and grandchildren – for their sacrifices as well.
“I am pleased to note Sir, that while you are being honoured, the honour must be shared because at the side of every good man, there is a good woman and anyone who takes time to do things in the community, anyone who takes money out of their individual pockets to help their community, is also sacrificing some of the time and treasure that could have been dedicated to their family and so I want to thank you ma’am for your contribution and sacrifices, while I simultaneously convey my gratitude to the children and grandchildren and other family members who also would have sacrificed for the sake of others.”
Bishop Young, in thanking the Urban Renewal Commission for the accolade, said his life’s work has been built around the Scriptural verse that reads in part: “Except the Lord builds the House, they labour in vain that build it.”
“I give thanks to the almighty God for allowing me the opportunity to experience this great moment. Coming from a very humble beginning in the small settlement of Barreterre, Exuma, I never dreamt that I would have been in a position like this, but like David said: ‘In all things we give God thanks’ because if it had not been for the goodness of God; if it had not been for God being on our side, many of us would not be where we are today and so it is with that in mind, that it is with great pleasure that I receive this award. Please allow me to thank you warmly for granting me the honour to gratefully accept this high distinction, knowing that the Lord is always in the midst. Little is much when God is in it.”
Bishop Young applauded the Urban Renewal Commission and the Flamingo Gardens Centre, its staff, volunteers, partners and stakeholders for being a beacon to their community.
“I thank you for the great work your organization is doing and commend the hardworking staff and volunteers at the Centre who have taken much pride in this work. This Centre brings people together as a place of comfort especially as we face the many challenges experienced in the world today. Secondly it serves as a place of refuge as it helps working parents to feel comfortable in knowing that their children are supervised and that they are safe, and, thirdly, it serves as an educational centre where learning continues to take place. May the Lord continue to richly bless you and let’s continue to work together for the betterment of this community,” Bishop Young added.

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