To: Ministers, Leaders and Members
From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: January 30, 2019
Greetings and Blessings
Rev Tui Nuku Smith
Rev Smith, arrived in Barbados on Saturday, will meet with the Bishop over the next couple of days before arriving here on Thursday 31. The Welcome Service for Rev. Smith will take place on Thursday 07, 2019, 6.00 pm at the Kingstown Chapel.
Reminder – Circuit Meetings
Please remember the Circuit Zonal meetings will take place on Wednesday 30 at Arnos Vale, Thursday 31 at Chauncey and Friday 01 at Westwood. All will take place at 6.00 p.m.
The official launch of Youth Month takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2019. A March Against Crime begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Calliaqua Anglican Church, through the community of Calliaqua and ending at the Calliaqua Playing Field. At the launch, there will be segments of Song Against Crime and the Word Against Crime. An added feature of a balloon release will also be done where attendees will be asked to right a word on a balloon that encourages peace and unity and the balloon will be released into the air. This will be immediately followed with the segment of Sports Against Crime, where football, netball and athletics will take place. The group with the largest contingent will gain points towards youth month. Points will also be awarded for most uniformed group and the group that is most actively engaged. No points will be awarded for sporting events. Numbers from invited guests and the congregation will be taken into account – not just the members of the youth group. ALL are invited.
The Circuit concert took place on Sunday at the Kingstown chapel and was a wonderful experience. The feedback has been entirely positive and high praises have been proffered for the quality of the production and performances. We still have a lot of work to do in owning our activities and ensuring their success. While the attendance was favourable it was not great. It does raise questions about our commitment to our church and our priorities among other issues. Commendations are in order for Sis Janine John, chair of the committee, who took the bull by the horns to ensure the success of this event.
Dr. Billman and Br. Cornwall Visits
The Bishop has given our Circuit the opportunity to share in the Ministries of Rev. Dr. Frank H. Billman, Director of Equipping Ministries, Aldersgate Renewal Ministries USA. He is the author of the book The Supernatural Thread in Methodism: Signs, Wonders and Miracles Among Methodists Then and Now. The book reviewed by Sis Laura Anthony-Browne at Aldersgate 2018. He will be in the Circuit from February 9-13 and the Georgetown Mt. Coke Circuit from the 15-17. His schedule includes a session for ministers, preachers, commissioned lay workers and other pastoral helpers on the Island at the Church Hall on Friday 15th and a session with all leaders and potential leaders in the Circuit.
Bro. Leon Cornwall (Leon ‘Bogo’ Cornwall) a key member of the Peoples Revolutionary Army [PRA] in Grenada was at the forefront of the Grenada revolution. Jailed for several years, Cornwall gave his life to the Lord while in prison, studied Theology and since his release has been an active preacher in the Methodist Church, Grenada Circuit. At a date (possible July) and venue to be finalized Bro Cornwall will be in St Vincent to share his testimony and present Christian experience. Additional information will be communicated to enable preparation.
ALL are invited to these ministry experiences.
Church Hall manager & Circuit Factotum
Bro Deion Allen of the Brighton Congregation has been employed as our new Church Hall manager and Circuit Factotum. He began on January 01, 2019 and has hit the ground running as several issues have had to be addressed. The Term Factotum is used to mean “allrounder” and encapsulates his responsibilities regards the circuit properties (including Granby street) and vehicles. There are several property matters we anticipate his appointment should address including records and boundaries.
Lent 2019 begins on Ash Wednesday, March 06, 2019. During lent we will intentionally focus on our evangelistic thrust. March 9 we will have our training seminar for all leaders and potential leaders, 10th – Launch of missions, 15-16 Zonal Open Air, 17-23 – prayer in the community and Holy Week – April 15-17 Congregational Open Air Services. Each congregation is asked to plan their launch of missions – Mission Service.
Rev. Adolf Davis