January 11, 2020
To: Superintendent Ministers
From: Rev. Derick A. Richards – District President
cc: Ministers & Congregations in the South Caribbean District
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ Head of the Church and Saviour of the world.
I trust that the Renewal Covenant was meaningful and life transforming experience for you. I wish for you personally and the congregations in the circuit every blessing for a Spirit filled, purposeful and productive year 2020.
The South Caribbean District Council will convene in the Beautiful island of Barbados from Friday 17th January to Monday 21st January 2020. This will be preceded by the South Caribbean District Ministerial Training Committee on Wednesday, 15th January 2020 and the South Caribbean District Ministerial Council on Thursday, 16th January, 2020. There will also be the Ordination for Rev. Greta St. Hill and Rev. Ann Yard on Sunday, 19th January 2020 at 4.30 p.m. at the Bethel Methodist Church, Bridgetown; Barbados.
The highlights of the South Caribbean District Conference will be:
- The discussion and adoption of the South Caribbean District Education Development Plan 2020 – 2025
- The reviewing of the Faith and Order Statements on Social and Ecclesiastical issues
- The examination of Probationers and of a Candidate to the Ministry
- The Ordination of Rev. Greta St. Hill and Rev. Ann Yard
I am requesting that:
- On Sunday, 12th January, 2020, special prayers be offered, in all churches throughout the District, for the South Caribbean District Council 2020 as we ask God’s guidance upon our proceedings and that God’s will be done throughout our deliberations and decision making.
- Sunday, 19th January 2020 be observed as a Day of Prayer for the South Caribbean District and for our island states within the District.
Derick A. Richards
To: Ministers, Leaders and Members
From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: January 11, 2020
Special instructions: Please note this memo ought not to be read word for word in the announcements. Stewards are expected to share the highlights.
and Blessings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
We give God thanks as a new year has begun with evidence of God’s faithfulness in the year past and his promises for the year to come.
Tomorrow, Sunday January 12 has been earmarked as another Class Sunday. It is intended that this Sunday will be an opportunity for members to sit in classes at best. Preachers or congregations can use this as an opportunity to encourage and promote the importance of the small group ministry.
Please remember that the Joint Circuit Council with the Circuit Pastoral Council meets Tomorrow, January 12, 4.00pm at the Church Hall. I am confident that you are aware that all persons holding positions of responsibility in the Circuit are encouraged to attend. Perhaps a good rule of thumb is, if you are wondering if you should be there then you should. The list includes; all class leaders and assistant leaders, congregational stewards, property and care fund stewards, preachers, mentees, officers of commissions, groups and organizations, elected representatives.
For those who are not yet aware, the Rev. Desmond Mason passed a couple of weeks ago and was buried on Wednesday 8, in St. Lucia. Rev. Mason, who is the brother-in-law of Sis Gillian John, served in both the Kingstown-Chateaubelair and Georgetown-Mt. Coke Circuits at different times in his ministry. He was 95 years old when he passed. Some may remember him from their confirmation or may have seen his name on their baptismal certificate while others may share other memories of his ministry. It is our practice that the funeral is preceded by a special meeting of the District Ministerial session where the obituary is received. All superintendents of the South Caribbean District attended the funeral.
Some of you may be familiar with Bro Noah Kumi from Ghana who served for a short while in the Georgetown-Mt Coke Circuit as lay evangelist. Shortly after arriving here he took ill and after some recovery returned to Ghana. We received news a couple of days ago informing that he has passed.
Do remember both families in prayer.
Annual New Year’s Concert
Our grand, wonderful, uplifting and inspiring annual New Year’s concert will take place on 26th January 2020 at the Kingstown Methodist Church from 4:30 pm, under the theme: It’s your season count it all joy. Tickets are available in each congregation. Please make a special effect to support and promote the concert. We are keen on having not only our Methodists members but non-Methodists as well. This is not a concert for us only. I encourage you to share via WhatsApp and other social media the promotional flyer and video attached.
Youth Fest 2020
The Youth and Young Adult Commission introduces a revamped Youth Month this year. This new approach will take off with a launch of Youth fest 2020 on 18th January, 5:30 pm. This launch includes a March from Heritage Square to The Old Treasury Building Car Park. We are inviting all to join in the march wearing white. The march ends with presentations by our youth, including the Rooted Dance Ministry and a time of singing and the Word.
Have you ever visited our website, Facebook page or YouTube channel? Make a special effort to do so and to promote our online presence. You can also share the link to the sermons and worship services with your friends – sharing the word with them may be a blessing in their lives in a manner you never anticipated.
Website – http://kingchatmethodist.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KingChatMethodist/
Please remember the meeting of the South Caribbean District Council in prayer. Council runs from Tuesday 14 to Monday 20. In addition to the Superintendent, those attending include, Bro Nigel Scott who is a member of the Ministerial Training Committee, Bros Kingsley Duncan, Circuit Steward and Bro Elson Samuel, Lay representative. Rev Smith will also be attending to meet with the Ministerial Training Committee as a missionary in the District.
Your in Christ Service
Rev. A. Davis
From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: November 24, 2019
Greetings and Blessings Brothers and sisters
I trust you are well
Please note the following:
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.
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
The circuit Mobile Crusade is scheduled for December 12 & 13 (Thursday and Friday). Details will follow.
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.
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.
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.
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