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Circuit Memo- 24th November, 2019

From:    Circuit Superintendent

Date:     November 24, 2019

Greetings and Blessings Brothers and sisters

I trust you are well 

Please note the following: 

Candlelight Services

I have been considering congregational Candle Lights for this year with Zonal next year, alternating congregational and zonal. To this end, I am suggesting we have congregational Candlelight on two Days – December 8th and 15th, at 6 p.m.

·         The 8th would be for Arnos Vale, Brighton, Sion Hill, Layou, Campden Park, Hope, Spring and Troumaca

·         The 15th – Kingstown, Calliaqua, Gomea, Chauncey, Barrouallie, Chateaubelair, Rose Hall and Westwood. 

It is expected that stewards (and Musicians/Choir director or leader) will liaise with the ministers to arrange for a service of scripture and songs (lessons and Carols) as is usually the case. 

This is the suggestion. Do let me know if you have any contribution to/thoughts on this matter. 

Leadership conference 

December 7th 9.30 a.m – 3.30 p.m. will be our annual leadership Conference (at the Church Hall). This is for all leaders (including assistant class leaders), all officer of the church and its organizations. Others who are potential leaders or interested in attending are free to share in the experience 

Mobile crusade 

The circuit Mobile Crusade is scheduled for December 12 & 13 (Thursday and Friday). Details will follow.

Advent 

Please remember December 1st is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent Wreaths and lighting of the Advent Candles are expected to be part of our Advent celebrations. 

Christmas 2019

Please make every effort to have Christmas Morning Worship a special experience, inviting friends and family to participate. It may be useful to also consider using one of the Sundays before Christmas as opportunity to have a participatory worship experience – a program of sorts. 

Christian Coalition March

Let me thank all our members for their active participation and moral support in the March which addressed the issues of the challenge to the Buggery Laws, Breakdown in family and Crime. The March was indeed a resounding success. Please take time to understand the issues – do not be deceived or misled. PLEASE, if you are uncertain about the issues I am more than willing to answer your questions as best as I can. Too many Christians seem not to understand the issues.

Every Blessings 


Rev. Davis 

Christian Coalition SVG- March & Rally

The Christian Coalition SVG which is a collaboration of various churches including but not limited to The Association of Evangelical Churches (PAWI, NTCG, Nazarene, Wesleyan, Prophesy et al), Seventh Day Adventists, Methodists, Catholics, Spiritual Baptist. These Churches have come together with sounding a call to righteousness, Calling Our Nation to God. The highlight activity of this coalition is a March and Rally on November 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Rally is anticipated to start at 12.30 p.m. at Heritage square.

3 Areas of National Concern will be Highlighted:#1. The LBGTQ Challenge to the Buggery Laws of SVG
#2. Crime #3. The Family – Rape/Domestic Abuse
Among the activities is a March & Rally scheduled for Nov. 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The March will start simultaneously at GHS Bus Stop and Little Tokyo. It will culminate at Heritage Square. 
All persons are asked to Dress in Plain, White T-Shirts/Polar Shirts or White Shop
Placards to be used will be prepared by the Committee.
There will be Prayer Stops along both routes at:Peace Memorial Hall, Financial Complex/Police Barracks, Rose Place, Grand Bazaar/Paul’s Avenue Junction, Court House
We are looking for over 20,000 people – Men, Women and Children to be involved. 

Rev. Davis 

Circuit Memo- October 04, 2019

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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.

INDEPENDENCE SERVICE

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.

VEHICLES SALE.

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

Rev. Davis

Memo- 7 Hours of Prayer, September 14, 2019

From:                                      Circuit Superintendent

Date:                                       September 14, 2019

Brothers and sisters,

Greetings and Blessings in Christ

7 hours of prayer and prayer and fasting guide

On Sunday September 22 the Circuit will be in prayer as we observe Seven Hours of Prayer. Each congregation will gather either in the chapel or at an identified location for one hour in prayer. From 7.00 – 8.00 pm throughout the circuit all will join in prayer.

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

The Day of Prayer and Fasting follows on Monday 23.

There is no doubt that fasting was practiced by Jesus (Matt 4.1-11) and expected by Jesus of his followers (“WHEN you fast” – Matt 6.16). Christians therefore fast because:

  •  Jesus fasted, setting an example, presenting a model of something of value
  • Jesus expects/ requires/ commands us to fast

Fasting in scripture was generally practiced to “enhance the holy life,” i.e. our relationship with God and to “strengthen our prayers.”

As an act of self-denial fasting provides the Christian with an opportunity to remember one of the most fundamental aspects of and obstacles to relationship with Christ – the SELF.

Sadly many of our members have not given this spiritual discipline a fair chance and have not experienced the rich benefits.

Persons either observe a standard or normal (water only) fast, a full fast – food and water (Est 4.16, Ex 34.28), (Ez 8.21, Matt 4.1-2), partial fast (Num 6.1-8, Dan 1.8-17) or other variations. Each person will need to decide whether they abstain from all foods and water, only food, solid foods, certain foods or from certain practices. Each person however must take cognizance of their health without using health as a scapegoat.

It IS a challenge to truly deny self in this set-aside practice (as well as in our general spiritual walk), so a simple cop-out undermines the purpose and intention. Fasting can and will be a challenge to body, mind and spirit. It is not expected to be easy or a matter of what you prefer, or feel is convenient. As such, make your decision prayerfully and sincerely. Conscious of the need to preserve one’s health as a gift from God variations to the fast have included abstaining from something that is of value, importance and loved dearly. While some have fasted from meat, sweets, solid foods, others have fasted by missing a meal, from using their cell-phones or from watching the television. Whatever your fast is should challenge you and make space for your reflecting on your relationship with God.

The fast can either be from 6am to 6pm or as in the Wesleyan fast; from the last meal on the 22nd to mid/late afternoon on the 23rd.

Begin your fast with prayer deliberately continuing to lift up the areas identify above and identify two or three intervals during your fast when you will deliberately pause for prayer. Make use of the day to call another person and pray. Also, pray deliberately and by name for as many members of your congregation as possible.

PLEASE LET US SPEND TIME IN PRAYER

Quick Reminders

  •       Feed back on harvest proposal
  •      Work on missions project
  •      Class Sunday – Sept 29

·          

Rev. A. Davis

Circuit Memo- August 31, 2019

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.

Staffing

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.

Dispensation

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.

Youth Ministry

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.

Harvest 2019

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:

  1. One Sunday for Harvest Thanksgiving worship in each congregation.
  2. Zonal Cantatas
  3. Zonal Sale/Harvest mini-fair.

Missionary

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.

Every blessing

Rev. Adolf Davis