To: Ministers, Leaders and Members
From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: August 31, 2019
Greetings and Blessings Brothers and Sisters in Christ
As you are aware we begin a new Church year as the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas this comes with challenges and opportunities and the assurance that with God our latter will be greater than our last.
1. Rev. Serna Samuel will be on a year leave of absence (from the work) as she continues to navigate her various demands and challenges.
2. Staff Assignments
a. Rev. Davis – Kingstown, Arnos Vale, Gomea, Layou
b. Rev. Cato – Hope. Barrouallie, Sion Hill
c. Rev. Charles – Chateaubelair, Troumaca, Rose Hall, Westwood, Spring
d. Rev. Smith – Calliaqua, Brighton, Chauncey, Campden Park
Sis Christobel Ashton will continue as a commissioned Lay Worker assigned to the Layou Congregation.
Sis Nicole John has been granted a dispensation to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion for the year 2019-2020. We have also requested and dispensation granted for Sis. Christobel Ashton to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion for this year 2019-2020. We thank God for the willingness to be of service to the Lord in many and various ways.
With the departure of Bro Jerand Phills who served as one of our youth coordinators the youth ministry will experience some revamping administratively. It will also benefit from the presence of Bro William Willoughby III, a Global Mission Fellow through the United Methodist Church, USA. He will be assisting with the youth ministry on the North Leeward end of the circuit for the next two years.
Absence from Circuit
I will most likely be absent from the Circuit from September 9-13 for a PANCAP meeting in Trinidad as a follow up to a joint dialogue which took place in April 2018 and from November 4 – 8, as part of a delegation from St. Vincent participating in a Learning Exchange Between St. Vincent and Belize in view of possible legislative reforms of the sexual offences legislation in St. Vincent.
The dates identified for Harvest are as follows. Please confirm that the date identified for your congregation is correct.
- Oct 13 – Kingstown
- Oct 27 – Campden Park and Spring
- Nov 03 – Chauncey, Troumaca, Brighton
- Nov 10 – Westwood, Layou, Gomea, Sion Hill
- Nov 17 – Arnos Vale, Chateaubelair, Barrouallie
- Nov 24 – Rose Hall, Hope, Calliaqua
I would like us to seriously consider a different approach to Harvest this year and as such will appreciate your feedback. We discussed the significant decline in Harvest as we know it and the need to explore new approaches. We can consider three basic components:
- One Sunday for Harvest Thanksgiving worship in each congregation.
- Zonal Cantatas
- Zonal Sale/Harvest mini-fair.
We give God thanks for missionary 2019 as almost all congregations have met their targets, even surpassing it. Layou again takes the lead with the implementation of their mission project. They have already completed their 2019 mission project. Do remember congregations receive thirty percent (30%) of what they raise to the target for congregational mission and all funds raised exceeding their target which can be used either as part of their mission project or to assist in a congregational endeavour such as beautifying the chapel. Ten percent (10%) goes to the District mission. This is also used for District Chaplaincies. Twenty-Five percent (25%) goes to the Circuit for day to day ministry and Thirty-Five percent (35%) to the Circuit Mission projects and other mission outreach activities. We commend the launch of the Circuit Secondary school scholarship where three (3) students will receive support for the duration of the secondary school life and three others received one-time bursaries. Do remember if you haven’t met your target, you have until September 30.
Circuit in prayer
The Circuit Meeting in Prayer on September 08, 2018 at the Kingstown Chapel. ALL leaders and members are encouraged to participate in this time in prayer.
7 Hours of prayer – September 22
As we continue our thrust in shaping a culture of prayer and as we affirm the necessity of prayer in facing the challenges that are ahead for us as a church and nation we will be having our first 7 Hours-Of-Prayer. As you would appreciate seven is deliberately chosen for its biblical symbolism of completeness. Each congregation will be given a slot where they will meet and pray. Their slot will overlap with other congregations to ensure our time in prayer is ‘without ceasing’. While the meeting place would be the church, congregations can also feel free to meet in other locations in the community. I would anticipate congregational stewards and ministers will ensure that this is effectively completed. Whether its two or two hundred meet and pray.
The time slots are
- Brighton 1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
- Calliaqua 1:30 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.
- Arnos Vale 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Gomea 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Sion Hill 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Kingstown 3:30 p.m- 4:30 p.m.
- Campden Park 4:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.
- Chauncey 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Hope 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Layou 5.30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Barrouallie 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Chateaubelair 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
- Troumaca 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Rose Hall 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Westwood 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Spring 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
A prayer guide will be circulated but our time in prayer is not limited to the guide. LET US PRAY!!!
Day of prayer and fasting
Initially September 02 was identified as a day of prayer and fasting however I am encouraging our use of September 23 as the day of prayer as fasting as a follow up to the 7 hours of prayer.
As we look towards the new church year… we praise God for what is past and trust him for what is to come.
Rev. Adolf Davis