To: Ministers, Leaders and Members
From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: October 04, 2019
Greetings and Blessings Brothers and sisters
7 HOURS OF PRAYER
As a result of Tropical Storm Karen, we were forced to postpone our 7 hours of prayer. The new date is October 20. The same format will be employed.
The hours assigned to the congregations are:
- 1.00 – 2.00 pm Brighton & Chateaubelair
- 1.30 – 2.30 Calliaqua
- 2.00 – 3.00 Arnos Vale & Troumaca
- 2.30 – 3.30 Gomea
- 3.00 – 4.00 Sion Hill & Rose Hall
- 3.30 – 4.30 Kingstown
- 4.00 – 5.00 Campden Park & Westwood
- 4.30 – 5.30 Chauncey
- 5.00 – 6.00 Hope & Spring
- 5.30 – 6.30 Layou
- 6.00 – 7.00 Barrouallie
During 7.00 – 8.00 pm members are encouraged to join with at least one prayer partner for Prayer. Call, text, meet PRAY. Households can use the last half hour also as a time to pause and pray together.
For the congregational Hour it would be helpful if someone is identified to facilitate the hour in prayer. Classes can be assigned sections of the hour or groups and organizations. Sing a hymn or song, welcome and greetings then pray. Approaches that can be used:
- Volunteers to prayer for particular areas
- Prayer in small groups or pairs
- Short, sentence prayers by all present
- Silent prayer
- Choral Prayer (all praying simultaneously)
- Prayer conversation – identifying what are concerns and the nature of the problem that we are praying for and what we want God to do in such situations
- Using the words of hymns/songs as a prayer
Some areas for Prayer (please identify others)
- The Congregation
- The Kingstown Chateaubelair Circuit
- The Georgetown Mt Coke Circuit, Rev. Cornelius Harry as new Superintendent
- The District and Connexion
- Ministers in Training including those at the United Theological College
- The Nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The problem of sexual assault and harassment, carnal knowledge, incest
- The problem of crime (Homicides are at 12 for the year)
- The challenge to our Buggery and Gross Indecency Laws and the infiltration of ungodly values
- Families and Family life
- The medical Marijuana industry in St Vincent and the use and misuse of marijuana and drugs
Let’s encourage one another to participate… let us PRAY
As a result of the rescheduling the Joint Circuit Council and Circuit Pastoral Council Meeting will take place on Thursday 24th October, 5pm at the Methodist Church Hall.
SURVEY AT PASTORAL COUNCIL
At our meeting of the Circuit Pastoral Council, Thursday October 10, it is intended for us to use the benefits of technology to engage in an evaluative exercise. Using the online platform Poll Everywhere we will explore a real time evaluation software as we reflect on where we are and where we have come from as a Circuit. I am therefore asking members to come prepared to use their cell phones or tablets to participate in this simple exercise.
COUNSELLORS AND COUNSELLING MINISTRY
As we continue to develop our capacity as a Circuit it would be invaluable if we can have a cadre of trained counsellors for whom this is an area of service to the Lord. One of the avenues I am considering is having a walk-in counselling facility at the Church Hall along with extending the counselling facility of the Home And Family Life Clinic which operates at the front of the Church Hall, two Thursdays per month. To this end I am inviting persons who are willing to be trained and offer themselves in various way to serve as counsellors to submit their names to the Circuit office. Details will follow.
More and more our young people and other members join the job seeking population of our country. I am aware that from time to time members are seeking persons for particular jobs or know of job opportunities. Often I learn of the opportunities and learn of persons seeking jobs but not at a time where both can be connected. I am encouraging persons who are aware of job opportunities or are looking to employ someone to call at the office and share the information so we can do our best in helping to connect demand and supply thereby assisting our youth and members in whatever ways we can in finding employment.
The National Independence Church Service will be held on Sunday 20th October 2019 under the theme “With Strength, Honour and Dignity, We Stand Resolute at 40 and Beyond.” It will be held at the Victoria park and will begin at 4.00pm. I am encouraging our members to make every effort to attend. For those congregations whose 7 Hour Prayer slot is affected by this service I anticipate you would consider several options which may include doing your hour before joining the service, having some persons still meet in the chapel who will not be attending the service or you can even consider integrating your time in prayer with the service which can mean meeting in a particular area at the park for a time in prayer.
We have finally been able to sell the Toyota Noah which has actually been down for a number of months.
Consequent to the reduction in our staff in the Circuit we are currently advertising the Suzuki Escudo PV 830 for sale