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The Methodist Church of St. Vincent

Circuit Memo- September 9th, 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

You may be aware that the Rev. Carol-Jean Richardson has joined the Circuit staff and resides in the Spring manse. Rev. Richardson is a Probationer Deacon who is originally from St Lucia. It is expected that during this period of probation she will be diligent and dutiful both in the work of the Circuit as well as in the studies prescribed.

We are still uncertain regarding the other member of staff who is expected to join us from the Figi Conference. This means we are in limbo regarding pastoral assignments. As such a TEMPORARY arrangement which should cover for Bible studies and pastoral visitations along with the other pastoral responsibilities

  • Davis – Kingstown, Arnos Vale, Gomea, Calliaqua, Campden Park, Spring
  • Cato – Layou, Barrouallie, Hope, Sion Hill
  • Charles – Chateaubelair, Troumaca, Rose Hall, Westwood
  • Samuel – Chauncey, Brighton
  • Richardson – Spring

We will also have the services of Sis. Christobel Ashton and Bro. Jerand Phills who will serve as Commissioned Lay Workers. Sis Christobel will assist with Chauncey and will have particular responsibility for our membership development and our ‘evangelizing internally’ projects/efforts. Bro. Jerand will pastor the Campden Park congregation.

The Welcome and Induction service for Rev Richardson will be on Wednesday 12th September 5:00pm at the Kingstown chapel. The Bishop Derick Richards will be presiding.

Rev Richardson will also be assigned to the Children’s ministry and is expected to give leadership to this area throughout the circuit along with the children’s commission.

Youth ministry

We are happy to welcome Sis. Janine John as our third Youth Coordinator. Sis. Rhonda will continue to serve as Youth Coordinator for Zone 3, Sis. Janine for Zone 2 and Bro. Jerand for Zone 1

Congratulations to our Circuit Dance Ministry, Rooted Methodist Dance for winning gold in both the categories they participated in at the National Dance Festival on Saturday 08th. We continue thank God for our youth.

Candidature

We thank God for Bro Jerand who has accepted God’s call to the full-time ministry of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the America’s. With the Circuit Pastoral Council having taken the vote in July as required, we have submitted the application documents to set the process in high gear. He will have exams, trial services and other requirements in the upcoming months. Do continue to remember him in prayer. What this means is that the Connexion may determine that he proceeds to the United Theological College for the September 2019 school year.

Dispensation

We thank God for Sis. Nicole who has been willing to serve with dispensation. The District has approved our application for dispensation to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion by Sis. Nicole John. This takes effect as at Sept 1, 2018 and is for one year. We thank Bro. Alpian Allen for the years he served with dispensation.

It is intended that we would continue developing our focus on Evangelism. None would deny the urgency for us as a community of faith to go to all and make disciples.

Harvest

For harvest 2018 we encourage congregations to begin planning and preparing early. It is expected that congregations will urgently put a committee in place who will also give attention to ensuring the cantata is of a high standard. This planning committee of 5 persons including a Congregational Steward, a representative from the Choir (where they exist) youth, women and church school. If a committee worked well last year and is willing to continue, that can be facilitated.

I am encouraging congregations to have two tables or corners. Each member will bring two Thanksgiving items, one to be placed on table or corner for the church afternoon sale while the other item will be for outreach packages that will distributed to needed persons in the community.

Daycare Board

Consequent to the Decision of the Circuit Council Meeting in July the new Circuit Daycare board has been identified. The persons are

  1. Sis. Laura Anthony-Browne, Chairperson
  2. Sis. Jacqueline Massiah
  3. Sis. Stella Quow
  4. Sis. Zhinga Horne-Edwards
  5. Sis. Chelcia Phills
  6. Bro. Alwyn Cupid
  7. Sis. Lucille Browne
  8. The Circuit Preschools Supervisor (sis Clarista Richards)
  9. The Superintendent Minister

in Christ Service

Rev. A. Davis

Empowerment Month 2018- Family Devotional Guide

You can meet one day or 5 days… be guided by the resource provided

A guide to Parents

Using the principle of KISS (keep it short and simple) we suggest the following:

(1)    Set aside a consistent time each day for your family devotions. Gather your family together and pray a short opening prayer, such as, “Lord, help us to understand Your Word and apply it to our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

(2)    Read the day’s portion(s) of Scripture out loud (perhaps one day together, other time responsively, or taking turns. Be creative and be mindful what works for your family dynamic). I suggest using the New Revised Standard Version, which is one of the easiest modern-day translations to understand.

(3)    Interact with the questions provided to provoke dialogue. This will help train you and your child(ren) to discover for themselves spiritual principles that the text is teaching. It’s important that each of you can answer the questions:

  1. What does the passage say? (observation)
  2. What does the passage mean? i.e. What is the author saying? (interpretation)
  3. How does the meaning of the passage apply to me? (application)

(4)    Give others time to respond to the questions asked. Sometimes, you may need to provide a hint. Don’t be afraid to provide further insight or correct erroneous answers by pointing to words or phrases in the text that can clarify their understanding. Remember, be patient.

(5)    Allow your child(ren) to interrupt at any time with questions, but work towards a discussion about how each of you may apply what you’ve learned in your daily life.

(6)    Then spend a few minutes praying together. The idea is to teach your child(ren) to pray out loud sincerely and comfortably. Prayer can easily become ritualistic and meaningless. To prevent this, here’s a few suggestions:

  1. Pray “sentence prayers”—each person prays a sentence or two and prays at various times.
  2. Pray using the sequence: God, Others, Us. Give each family member a different part of the sequence to pray.
  3. Pray topically—pray about a certain topic; then mention another concern for prayer; pray through several requests.
  4. Place prayer requests on slips of paper and draw to determine who will pray for each request.
  5. Gather around a person, lay hands on him/her and pray for them.
  6. Pray in pairs.
  7. Pray with a map.
  8. Take a prayer walk—stop at critical spots in your community to pray (bus stop, shop, unsaved neighbour, someone who is sick or elderly, a church, a school, clinic, police station, etc.).
  9. Pass out pictures of friends and family—each person can pray for the person pictured.
  10. Write out your prayers.
  11. Suggest a “prayer starter;” others finish (e.g., “Lord you are so good because…you send rain on the good and bad alike…while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…”).
  12. Go outside and pray with your eyes open.

(7)    End your devotional time with a short song and hugs all around. The song suggested for this week is, “What a friend we have in Jesus.”

YOU CAN DO EITHER ALL OR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WITHIN THE NEXT 5 DAYS

Circuit Memo – 6th January, 2018

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

From: Circuit Superintendent

Date: January 06, 2018

Hither to has the Lord brought us. We indeed praise God for what is past and trust him for what is to come. Blessings for the new year saints of God.

Conference 2018

As we continue to prepare to host almost 100 persons for the District Conference of the south Caribbean District, please remember to pray, volunteer, attend, participate and support in whatever ways you can and as much as you can. There is still a need for persons to volunteer to assist as chaperones and liaison personnel along with volunteers for serving, assisting in the kitchen, transportation and secretariat. We also will need persons to assist in journal writing. Be willing and ready to offer you service. You may only be able to give a day or part of a day or several days – it will be greatly appreciated. IT still is try “many hands make work light.” Please note there will be no additional conference offering collected before conference as was announced in some congregations.

Cancellation of Trial Service at Chauncey

I have received information from the District that the trial service to be held at Chauncey for Rev Michael Lessey on Monday 15 will no longer take place. The other two at Brighton and Calliaqua will proceed as planned.

Circuit in Prayer

As we prepare to host the conference we will meet in prayer on Sunday 14, 4.00pm at the Chauncey Chapel. Come let us pray together – there is power in pray.

Joint Circuit Council and Circuit Pastoral Council

In preparation for the Conference it is prudent that we meet in Councils. We will need to take a vote on behalf of Rev’ds Cato and Gorman along with other critical residual matters that will need to be addressed. ALL Leaders and officers of the congregations and circuit are expected to attend. Thursday 5.00 p.m at the Church hall.

Daycare ministry

As we seek to improve our daycare ministry it is prudent that we move towards appointing a chair of the Circuit Daycare/preschools board. If you are either willing or know of someone who will serve well in this capacity please indicate to me or communicate with the office.

It is also important as we look to the future and transitioning that we begin identifying persons who can serve as circuit preschools supervisor. Please indicate your interest or any name you are aware of who will serve in this area well. Sis Clarista Richards currents serves as Circuit supervisor and is responsible for overseeing all of the preschools of the circuit.

Upcoming

Please remember after conference we wind down with the circuit concert, then the youth will bless our hearts with various ministries in youth month. February 11 will be class Sunday and Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14. We continue to encourage seating in classes for class Sunday but also encourage other approaches to engage the classes. We will also have a meeting of all members in zones beginning January 31, Zone 1 at Calliaqua, Zone 2 at Chauncey and Zone 3 Westwood. All begin at 6pm and will provide opportunity for persons to receive updates from conference as well as reflect on the life of the congregations and circuit in general

Yours in Christ Service

Rev. A. Davis

Circuit New Year’s Concert 2018

Come out and enjoy an evening where we recognize that “Our talents Celebrate His Light!” This year’s Circuit Concert will feature performances from Geran Maule and Saeed Bowman, our circuit dance ministry and Pearl McMaster. Don’t miss it, Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at 4:00pm at the Kingstown Methodist Church. Admission: Adults- $25.00, Children- $10.00, at the door- $30.00. Get your tickets at the Kingstown Methodist Church Office, Jujube Book Store and other committee members.