An Anglican cleric is urging Barbadians to find their spiritual footprint.
Reverend John Rogers, rector of the St George Parish Church, made the call as he reflected on the contribution of a parishioner who vigourously served the church and the community.
The occasion was the annual memorial in celebration of the life of Doreen-Goddard Welch, a shopkeeper, who was a household name in the rural parish and was fondly known for her compassion and generosity.
Rogers warned family and friends who gathered for the service at the weekend that times were changing and there was need for them to take stock of time and wisely use their days.
“What is your spiritual footprint?” he asked, while pointing out that Goddard-Welch had left a “positive spiritual footprint” behind.
Goddard-Welch, who worked at the Nightingale Home, was especially known for her deep love for children.
In her memory, a scholarship fund was launched at the Ellerton Primary school five years ago.
Daughter Harriet Goddard-Bourdeau acknowledged that the school meant a lot to her mother, while promising to support its continued development.
“We started five years ago, and we would like to be here for another 25 years,” she told Barbados TODAY.
Annual awards are made to students who have financial difficulties but are performing well.
Among this year’s beneficiaries was five-year-old Shazary Nanton, whose mother passed away recently.
Principal of Ellerton Primary Donna Allman described Nanton as a born leader who influences her classmates.
Ten-year-old Rico Mayers, a student of the school’s special unit, also received a scholarship, so too did ten-year-old Demario Kisson, a football enthusiast.