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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- June 5, 2019

To:                          Ministers, Leaders and Members

From:                    Circuit Superintendent

Date:                     June 05, 2019

Brothers and sisters,

Greetings and Blessings in Christ

I trust all is well with you and that you have been experiencing the love of God in refreshing and renewing ways.

Missions

This year, as you are aware, our mission season has been so organized as to deliberately ignite our evangelistic thrust as a church. It is not intended that this trust would be exclusive to a season but a continues part of the narrative of our Circuit. The feedback has been very encouraging. Several persons have spoken of their appreciation for our outreach and the blessings it has been to their lives. So far we have hosted Congregational open airs, zonal open airs, prayer Caravan, revival services and mobile crusades. I thank God for the ways in which you have variously made these endeavours possible. Your service to the Lord and the church, your participation and prayers have been a blessing. As we seek to do better we thank God for what is past and trust him for what is to come.

Missionary services are coming up. We will first have the Congregational missions on July 28 and the circuit mission on Aug 11. Congregational Stewards are encouraged to liaise with the preachers assigned to prepare for the congregational mission service early. Make it a meaningful time when mission is celebrated and encouraged.

The first missionary ingathering will be on June 23. This is our first occasion to bring in books and other collections and offerings. This is to ensure we are meeting our target.

Remember congregational targets are:

Arnos Vale 22,000.00, Barrouallie 3,000.00, Brighton 5,000.00, Calliaqua 20,000.00, Campden Park 4,000.00, Chateaubelair 4,000.00, Chauncey 7,000.00, Gomea 3,500.00, Hope 2,500.00, Kingstown 40,000.00, Layou 3,500.00, Rose Hall 3,000.00, Spring 2,500.00, Troumaca 2,000.00, West Wood 5,500.00, Sion Hill 2,500.00

Please give attention to identifying and competing your missionary project

Ministerial Leave

  • Rev. Davis – July 1-27
  • Rev. Cato – July 8-Aug 03
  • Rev. Charles – Aug 05-31
  • Rev. Smith – Aug 05-31
  • Rev. Samuel – Aug 01-31
  • Rev. C. Richardson – Aug 05-31

Absence from the Circuit

Rev. Charles and I are currently out of circuit to continue the District management/leadership training at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business, UWI. We left on Monday. He returns tomorrow but I remain until Friday for a superintendents meeting tomorrow (Thursday) and General Purposes Meeting on Friday.

In Christ Service

Rev. A. Davis

Circuit Memo- September 22, 2018

To:          ALL Ministers, Preachers, Leaders, Officers and Members

From:    Circuit Superintendent

Date:     September 09, 2018

Greetings and blessings to all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Grace and peace from God our father and his Son our Redeemer – Jesus Christ. May we be encouraged to know that He who began a good work in us is faithful to bring it to completion

Staffing

While Rev. Richards (Bishop) has been able to make some progress in communicating with the Figi Conference, there is still insufficient clarity as to enable our planning.

Candidature

The Bishop has identified September 30 at Chauncey for the first Trail Service of Bro. Jerand as a candidate for the ministry. His second trial service will be in January at the District Ccouncil in Grenada. This service will take place at 5.00 pm. Let us come out and give support to our brother.

Recognition Service

Please remember the service of Recognition for Bros. Emil Aaron Dougan and Jerand Phills and Sis Rhonda Stapleton which will be on Tuesday 25, 5.00 p.m. at Kingstown. This would also be the occasion for the commissioning of Sis Christobel Ashton and Bro Jerand as commissioned lay workers in the Circuit.

Circuit Youth Rally

The annual Circuit Youth Rally takes place at the Campden Park Netball Court, opposite the Bethel High School on Saturday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. under the theme “Youth on a Mission: Journeying to Christian Perfection”. Rooted Methodist Dance Ministry, SVG’s Young Gospel Artiste Caywama Edwards and HEART Worship are all expected to be ministering. Two of our youth will be sharing the word. THIS IS NOT ONLY FOR YOUTH BUT FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH. Let us worship and witness together with our youth.

Zonal Coordinators

As at September 1, 2018 our Youth Coordinators are assigned as follows:

  • Zone 1- Bro. Jerand Phills
  • Zone 2- Sis. Janine John
  • Zone 3 – Sis. Rhonda Stapleton

We give God thanks for Bro. Emil Dougan and his time of service as Circuit youth coordinator and pray God’s blessings on him.

Church year 2018-19

For the Church year 2018-19 we will work deliberately on our membership both in record keeping and seeking to engender and encourage persons to revisit the commitment made at confirmation “to seek a deeper experience in Christ”. We will continue seeking to encourage and foster the kind of community where authentic relationship with Christ is encouraged and enabled.

It is also anticipated that we will continue working to develop our evangelistic thrust. October 22-26 is earmarked as the Circuit week of prayer for the Nation. Details will be provided, but again we will be inviting our members to be deliberate in reaching out in prayer to various persons in our community. On the 26th we will also have a series of open air services as we seek to reach others for Christ.

Youth Encuentro 2019

Youth Encuentro which was initially scheduled for July 2018, is now scheduled for July 22-29, 2019 Belize City, Belize under the theme, “#Methodission: Forever Fired Up for Christ!” Our Circuit has been allotted ten (10) spaces. The list previously approved would be reviewed and fundraisers planned as we prepare to participate in this spiritually invigorating experience.

In Christ Service

Rev. A. Davis

Circuit Memo- January 30, 2019

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.

YOUTH Month

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.

Circuit Concert

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

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