LID District Theme: “Trusting God Through Difficult Times: Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities”
ALDERSGATE LORD’S DAY OBSERVANCE
Today, Sunday, 23 May, 2021, the Circuit joins the rest of the Connexion in observing Aldersgate Lord’s Day, commemorating the heart-warming conversion experience of our Founder, John Wesley, on 24 May, 1738. In this regard, due to COVID-19 restrictions, Aldersgate Services are being held in congregations throughout the Circuit at their usual times.
Please note that the blended (in person/virtual) Aldersgate planned for this evening regrettably has been cancelled. Apologies are offered for any inconvenience caused.
CONNEXIONAL CONFERENCE (Virtual)
The Connexional Conference 2021 will be convened online 24 May to 1 June under the leadership of the Connexional President, Bishop, Rev’d. Everald Galbraith. The LID Representatives are Bishop Charles Seaton, Rev’d Morna Christmas-Frazer, Sisters Cheryl Hill-Bruney and Adosha Francis. Members are invited and encouraged to share in any of the following:
1. Morning Devotions Each morning at 8:00 a.m. via YouTube
2. Welcome Service Tuesday May 25 at 6:00 p.m. via YouTube
3. Flag Raising Ceremony Wednesday May 26 at 10:00 a.m. via YouTube
4. Memorial Service Monday May 31 at 8:00 a.m. via YouTube
5. Official Conference Service Sunday , May 30 at 6:00 p.m. via YouTube
6. Induction of Vice President Tuesday June 1, at 6:00 p.m. via YouTube
7. Town Hall Meetings Thursday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. via zoom
8. Session with MCCA Women, MCCA Youth and MCCA Men 7:00 p.m. via zoom
The links will be circulated later.
Please note that the Superintendent, Rev. Mark Christmas, will resume his long leave, in part, 1 June – 1 August 2021. Rev. Telford Matthew will superintend in his absence.
Note also that the Circuit Deacon, Rev. Stacia Williams-Christmas, will be on long leave, 1 June-31 August 2021.
VOLCANO IMMEDIATE RELIEF APPEAL- ST KITTS CIRCUIT
We are grateful for the overwhelming support given so far. Unfortunately, NEMA took a decision not to ship any further items after the second week, which coincided with our initiation of collection. We have been informed that CDEMA is currently carrying out an assessment due to a “pile up” of goods on the receiving end that have not been distributed. We also understand that persons were allowed to return to their homes to engage in clean up exercises, hence, the advice that we hold off on sending any further items. Notwithstanding, members can continue to respond through monetary donations that can be made directly to the Church office or deposited at St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd – Account Number 25986; Account Name: Methodist Church - St. Kitts Circuit. If deposited to the bank, please indicate same to the Office. Again, we thank you for your generosity and ask that you continue to keep the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in your prayers.
CHANGE IN TIME OF WORSHIP SERVICES (CAYON)
Please note that as of the first Sunday in June (6) 2021, the time of worship service at the Cayon congregation will change to 9:00 am from 11:00 am.
The Family Life Sub-Committee of the Mission and Evangelism Committee announces plans for its upcoming Marriage Retreat to be held on Saturday, 19 June, 2021 at the Railway Bar and Grill, Old Road. The Retreat will be held under the theme, “Developing Relationships Even in the Midst of Challenges”, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration Fee:
Couples: $150.00; Singles: $ 85.00. Please mark the date.
CONGRATULATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
We extend birthday and anniversary greetings to all who are celebrating this week. We remind and encourage you to offer thanks to Almighty God for his goodness and mercy throughout the years of your life and that of your loved ones.
CONDOLENCES AND THANKSGIVING SERVICES
Condolences are extended to the family of the late Sis. Nurse Catalina Paulius (St. Johnston). The Thanksgiving Service for the life of Sis. Paulius will be held on Thursday, 27 May, 2021 at the Wesley Methodist Church, Seaton Street, starting at 2:00 pm;
the family of the late Sis. Leonette Rose (Canada) including her daughter, Mrs. Hyacinth Rose-Manners, son in law, Rev. Franklyn Manners, and grandsons, Mikal and Mark;
the family of the late Sis. Cynthia Blackman (Barbados). Mrs. Blackman served a short stint as the first Head Mistress/Principal of the now Epworth/Maurice Hillier Memorial Junior School before relocating with her husband, of blessed memory, Mr. Francis “Woodie” Blackman.
The Thanksgiving Service for the life of the late Rev. Selwyn Vanterpool, Supernumerary (LID, B.V.I) is being planned for Saturday, 12 June 2021. Further details will be given a subsequent announcement.
We pray that the peace of Christ will dwell with all who are mourning at this time.
PRAYER & FAST
Members are reminded and encouraged to participate in the monthly Prayer and Fast on Friday, 28 May, 2021. Those using the Wesley Fast will begin on Thursday, 27 May 2021 at sunset and will end at 3:00 p.m. or at sunset on Friday, 28 May 2021. Members who will be doing the Daniel Fast will begin on Friday morning and end at 3:00 p.m. or sunset on the same day. This is a partial Fast in which you eliminate all meats, pastries, chips, bread, and fried foods during the Fast. You can eat fruits and vegetables and drink water only. Those who are on medication are asked to consult your doctor before starting a Fast.
Please pray every hour on the hour for three minutes or longer for different concerns.
The Circuit Office is open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily and can be reached via telephone numbers 465-2346/662-2885 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tithes and offerings may also be received at the office during these hours. Contributions may also be made on-line, via the Circuit website, www.skmethodist.org.
HARMONY BOOKSTORE OPENING HOURS
The Harmony Christian Bookstore still has new books and journals, a wide variety of gift items to suit everyone on your list. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can call us at 466-1215. See you there.
LISTEN TO MRN:
Kindly note that the Service today, 23 May, is being broadcast from the Wesley Methodist Church. Log on to the Methodist Radio Network - St. Kitts Circuit, available via the Circuit website, www.skmethodist.org.
The Methodist Radio Network (MRN) celebrated its 8th Anniversary of operations, 1 May, 2021.
The 'MRN' committee thanks you for your patience and understanding and looks forward to a return of our normal daily programming.
ST CHRISTOPHER OUTREACH CENTER
Persons desiring to volunteer at the Outreach Center, Irish Town Bay Road, can give their names to the Circuit Office.
Let us continue to be vigilant regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.
DO YOU KNOW…
That, the Moravians (“the Germans”) had a great influence on John Wesley, including his conversion experience?
DATES TO REMEMBER
16-23 Octave of Methodist Heritage
23 Festival of the Gift of the Holy Spirit/Pentecost/Aldersgate
24 May - 1 June Connexional Conference, Virtual
30 Festival of the Holy Trinity
30 5:30 p.m. Open Air Service, Half Way Tree Hard Court
RECEIPT OF NOTICES
Please note that notices for inclusion in the weekly “Notices, Reminders and Updates” are to be submitted by Thursday at 2 pm of each week via email@example.com.
Persons who desire to have the notices sent to them via email can subscribe via the Circuit website, www.skmethodist.org. The Notices can also be accessed via the website.
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2021 (TRINITY SUNDAY)
Old Testament: Isaiah 6:1-8
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29 [VIP 584]
Epistle: Romans 8:12-17
The Gospel: John 3:1-17
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY…
for our Nation, its leaders and all its resources and plans, in thanksgiving to Almighty God for his continued protection of our people and country, especially at this time as we go through the COVID-19 Pandemic;
for the Government and People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, especially at this time of increased volcanic activity and flooding (lahar);
for the Government of People of Anguilla as they mourn the death of former Chief Minister, the Honourable Hubert Hughes;
for the Connexional, District and Circuit Officers, Ministers, Leaders and other members of our Church throughout the Caribbean and the Americas;
PLEASE ALSO REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS…
those who are hospitalized;
those who are sick, recuperating at home or otherwise being cared for; [including Sisters Dorette Butler, Desiree Thomas (Wesley), Rita Hazel (St. Johnston), and Fransteen Mulraine (KG Swanston) Bro. Samuel Jones (St. Johnston), and Rev'd Rosalind Morgan of the Montserrat Circuit];
those at the Cardin Home: [including Brothers Eugene Huggins, Dudley Tyson, Derrick Marsham, Burnel Browne, Sisters Jane Hickson, Patricia Ottley, Joycelyn Woodley, Sharon Pemberton, Helen Aponte, Beverly Phillip, Evelyn Phillip, Lilian Jones, Jacqueline Browne, Mildred Browne, Yvonne Matthew, and Janet Maynard].
those in nursing homes: [including Sister Cynthia Webbe, Mary Caines, Mildred Bailey-Henville, Alix Pencheon, Esther Jeffers, Oretha Isaac, Stephanie Lawrence and Lorraine Ottley; Brothers Alfred Brandy, Calvin Taylor, Edmond Warner, Hugo Mullix and Alexis Knight];
those receiving medical attention overseas: [including Sister Caroline Caines];
those who are pursuing studies overseas and online;
those who are shut-in, those in need and those who are experiencing the harsh realities of life, but who have no experience of Christ.