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Annual Report For The Year 2003
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Report From The Church Committee For The Year 2003
The year began with the Annual Congregational Meeting held on January 26, 2003 under the Chairmanship of the Curate in Charge - Rev. Fr. Everton Cunningham. Year 2003 was yet another challenging year for this Parish. The Church Committee along with the other Committees and Parish Groups worked to further the ministry of the Church. The clergy are deeply grateful for the support and assistance given by the congregation in so many areas of endeavor. Special appreciation is extended to those who gave generously in time, money, prayers and personal care and who have worked to achieve various objectives.
During this year, the Rector pursued doctoral studies at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is expected to return later in 2004. Despite the additional pressure of intense studies he was able to return for brief visits at Easter, summer and Christmas at which times he participated in the worship life of the Church. He was accompanied by his wife, Charmaine. Their sons, Matthew and Joseph, are also pursuing further studies overseas. We shall continue to uphold them in our prayers. Additional clergy assistance is being provided by Rev. Canon Ewart Gordon on third Sundays.
We are indeed grateful to:
I also wish to express thanks to:
We are grateful for the contribution of Miss Gem Munro - who had been Part-time Accountant for ten years - and who retired at the end of February.
The spiritual life of the Church is its reason for being and this, as the purpose of our existence, receives major focus.
We are grateful to all who have submitted reports of Outreach and Group activities for the year 2003. These had to be edited for inclusion in this document. Originals, in their entirety, will be tabled at the Annual Congregational Meeting and are available on request for perusal in the Church Office. Our Outreach Groups have expressed the need for special skills such as counselors and interested persons to minister to the needs of the young, the elderly and those who may be physically or emotionally challenged. The Parish Groups need additional members and anyone who is not a member of any of these groups is invited to call the Church Office for referral.
St. Andrew Parish Church has, with God's help, come through another year of challenging activities. We give thanks for everything we have been able to achieve and look forward to God's guidance with the mission and work to be accomplished in the year ahead.
Rev. Fr. Everton Cunningham
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Reports - Mission and Outreach
St. Andrew Parish Church Home for Girls
Purpose - to ensure that operations of the Home for Girls are organized and managed in such a manner that the health, education, spiritual needs and social well-being of each girl are addressed.
Girls in residence - 19
Spiritual needs - The girls must attend church and by extension the Sunday school. They will also join other groups as their comfort levels increase and at most times it is dependent on how they are treated and/or encouraged by the younger persons in the congregation. The girls and staff hold devotions every evening before bedtime.
Social needs - The majority of our client population, as a result of highly dysfunctional family situations, has suffered from traumatic stress and require post-traumatic treatment. Primary causes result from physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, as well as neglect. Community response to the needs of the Home could be much better.
Plans/activities for 2004
The budget for 2004 shows Income as $2,073,500. Expenditure is estimated at $2,031,882 a surplus of $41,618.00.
St. Andrew Care Centre
Project mission - The mission of SACC is to rehabilitate and prepare annually an estimated 50 "street and at-risk" boys for integration into the society in order for them to become productive citizens.
Overview - The St. Andrew Care Centre (SACC) is a principal component of the Possibility Programme which is being coordinated through the Project Management Implementation Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister. The Possibility Programme seeks to address the needs of children and youth in a three dimensional approach, through the Care Centre, the Skills/Employment Centre and Behavioural Modification Camps. The Care Centre serves as an intake, assessment and referral centre, and has been in operation since December 2001.
Governance - SACC is governed by a Board of Management
having direct responsibility for the Centre and its operations.
Chairman of the Board of Management is Mr. Alvaro Casserly and
the Manager is Miss Natalie Gentles. Professional volunteers assist
in various aspects of the programme.
The Little Brothers of St. Andrew continues the Saturday programme for boys at the Care Centre.
Programme - 2004 The programme of activities for the Care Centre in 2004 reflects continuation and expansion. Remedial Education, Parent Fora, Sports Events, Staff Training, Birthday Club. Behaviour Modification Camp.Field trips, Christmas Social and Dinner.
Budget / Finances - 2004 The Care Centre's Budget for 2004 shows receipts of $4.4 million and expenses of $4.2 million. St. Andrew Care Centre receives through the Possibility Programme funding for about 90% of the staff costs. The remainder and the funds for operations have to be raised by the Centre.
Moreton Park Cottages
The Committee continued to offer care and assistance to the seven residents at the premises and struggle with the direction of the operation of the facility. Of the seven ladies in residence at the Cottages one makes a voluntary contribution to her stay there. The Committee has tried unsuccessfully with the others to begin contributing. Mrs. Stephenson, Caretaker, continues her regular duties and her sons assist with the grounds. The Committee hosted a Christmas treat with gifts for all residents. The Committee continues to receive donations of cash, food and clothing for the residents.
Plans for 2004
At this time the Committee is soliciting estimates to fence the
property. The front wall and gate are to be replaced and the sides
will get chain-link fences. A gift from the Lion's Club of New
Kingston will go towards material to erect one of the side fences.
Determining the direction of the operation of the facility has
been a major challenge for the Committee in 2003. A workshop took
place on January 12, 2004 and three possible alternative uses
for the facility were identified. The Committee will continue
the work at Moreton Park Cottages until a viable solution to the
present situation is accomplished.
St. Clement's Mission
Vision / Mission - To assist the people of Kencot on their journey towards spiritual upliftment and economic independence by helping to develop their human resources.
Mission achievement in 2003
Community Development - A Homework project and an Adult Education project were started in 2003 by the Young Adults Group of SAPC. A two-week Youth Summer Camp was conducted in August for children of the community.
Programme for 2004
St. Andrew Settlement, Majesty Gardens
Introduction - The St. Andrew Settlement (SAS) continues to provide social services to the community of Majesty Gardens and surrounding areas. The presence of the settlement in the community does much to alleviate the escalation of violence and unrest. This year, it was very difficult to raise the necessary operational funding for the programme, especially for administrative expenses and routine maintenance.
Administration - Based on a feasibility study, it was decided that the Day Care facility should be closed. The area will be used for the expansion of the Basic School.
Majesty Gardens - A major problem has been that of
power fluctuation in electricity supply to the community. This
resulted in six fires and the dislocation of approximately 48
families to whom assistance was given by Food for the Poor and
the Member of Parliament. A study is being done by the Jamaica
Public Service Company to see how best power can be provided for
the community. SAS continues to work with the several organizations
in the area.
Basic School - Enrolment of 58 pupils (32 boys, 26 girls) and 3 teachers. During the year Remeikei Wray, 5 years old, was awarded the Model Student Award for Kingston and St. Andrew by the National Child Month Committee. Monthly workshops are held for the teachers organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture. A breakfast programme is in place but needs assistance.
Mission House - The long-term vision is to have a vibrant Christian mission and to transform the community through spiritual development. With the appointment of the Assistant Curate it is expected that additional assistance will be given in this area.
Library - The Majesty Gardens Branch Library is a subsidiary of the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library. Junior readers form the bulk of the membership and consequently the junior collection is used more frequently than the adult books. Students doing research for school assignments consult the reference books, particularly the encyclopedias.
Health Centre - The staff includes a practical nurse,
a community health aid, a registered midwife and an auxiliary
worker. Clinics are held Monday to Friday.
Child Health Clinic - 803 children were seen, an increase of 1.25%
Post Natal Clinic - 95 clients, a decrease of 45%
Family Planning Clinic - 874 clients, an increase of 8%
Doctors Visits - 735 patients, a decrease of 1.5%
Dressings - 209 patients, a decrease of 8.7%
Community Visits - An increase.
Senior Day Care - Numbers of participants are on the increase. Despite a variety of illnesses, they continued to receive awards in sports, art and craft and culinary arts from the National Council for the Aged.
Fundraising - There was a shortfall in our fundraising
but the Settlement was able to raise a record $340,000.00 profit
from the Easter bun project.
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Reports - Mission and Spirituality - Church Groups
Mission Statement - The Altar Guild is responsible for the fabric and physical preparation of the Church for worship. Work includes preparation of the linen used at the Eucharist, cleaning the brass and sacred vessels and mounting floral décor. In 2003 the Guild carried out responsibilities as required by the Mission statement. Guild members participated in special Parish events and activities as necessary.
Group structure- The last Election of Officers was held on March 15, 2003.
Current members - 54 New members - 4
Activities for 2003
Vessels at Bishop's Lodge - These were repaired and refurbished at the request of the Bishop.
Cleaning and workdays - The Guild revived the workday activity and there were three workdays during the year. Members of the Congregation were invited to participate .
Landscaping - A proposal was prepared in connection with improving the appearance of the car park area. This would include the use of plants capable of withstanding drought and stray animals. The Guild will work closely with the Property Committee on this project.
Fundraising - The Guild sponsored a performance of "Mama I want to sing" and this brought in a sum of $74,000. A standard charge for work in connection with funerals, weddings and thanksgiving arrangements was determined.
Altar Linen - New linen is required to supplement items withdrawn. Gifts of purificators (linen for wiping the chalice during the administration of Holy Communion) were gratefully received.
Vestry upgrade - Work to upgrade the Verger's Vestry and to make this room more in keeping with its multifunctional use was completed in November at a cost to the Guild of some $49,000. Unsightly fixtures and cupboards were removed. A broom holder, cupboards with counter and a heavy-duty sink were installed and the walls painted.
Special activities included decoration of the Church Hall for Deanery Day 2003 and participation in Flower Festivals at other Corporate area churches.
2004 Programme will include -Preparation/floral décor of the Church - weekly; Landscaping of the car park; Workdays to clean the Church; Participation in special events within the Deanery/Diocese - by invitation; Preparation/acquisition of Altar linen as necessary; Fundraising event - September; Flower Festival - December 4-6 (Patronal Festival).
The Alpha Course is a 10-week, practical introduction to the Christian Faith, which includes a Retreat focusing on the Holy Spirit. The fourth Alpha Training Programme for SAPC was held May 7 - July 16, 2003 with some 70 participants. SAPC Alpha team has assisted the Department of Christian Education (Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands) with the successful launching of the Alpha programme in other Cures.
Bible Study GroupBible Stufy Group meets with the objective of studying the Bible more closely and providing members with support in dealing with personal challenges. At the start of each year the group provides and distributes about 30 lunches to street people in the Half Way Tree area and environs.
Brotherhood of St. AndrewThis is a Diocesan organization whose objective is to spread the Word of Christ's Kingdom among young men in particular.
Fellowship GroupsThe purpose is to study the Bible together, to pray and share with each other, so as to deepen faith and encourage each other in the Christian journey. The Groups have continued to meet regularly throughout the year.
Activities included Corporate Communion on the first
Sunday in Lent, an Annual Retreat at the United Theological College
in March, the annual Social in December. The Groups have continued
to take the Evening Service on the third Sunday of most months,
and a combined Group Service in November.
Number of members -100. Two new Fellowship groups have been formed during 2003.
Friends of the Sunday School
Group Mission - The "Friends" is an Association
whose main aim is to assist the Sunday Schools in providing for
the Christian, social, academic and emotional development of the
children. It represents the PTA of the Sunday Schools of St Andrew's,
St Clement's (Kencot) and St Thomas Mission (Majesty Gardens).
In addition, the Association has also assisted in other areas, viz.:
The Friends have given a commitment to fund repairs to the piano used by the Sunday School at St Andrew Parish Church, as well as painting the downstairs section of the Old Court House.
Membership - The last annual general meeting was
held on Sunday 6 April 2003. Membership fluctuates but financial
assistance is forthcoming. Core membership - about 45 persons.
2003-2004 - 2 new members.
Grief Support Group- is dedicated to helping ease the stress of the loss of a loved one.
Little Brothers of St. Andrew- carries the Church's Ministry to the boys who frequent the street in the Half Way Tree area. The programme evolved into the St. Andrew Care Centre - for which there is a separate report. Work on Saturdays continues with the younger boys.
Membership - 59 including shut-ins. New members -4
Special activities - Annual General Meeting held at Kendal Conference Centre in Mandeville on March 2; Lady Day Service held at St. Margaret's Church on March 25; Visit to the Wortley Home on Mothering Sunday March 30; Members of the Branch attended all Deanery meetings held during the year; Regional meeting held at St. Matthew's Church in Allman Town on Sunday July 20; St. Andrew Deanery Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, June 7; Fundraising ventures.
Outreach - Members visited the SAPC Girls Home on a quarterly basis. One of the girls is sponsored at the Summer Workshop. The MU assisted with school expenses for the children of one of the members and also medical expenses for another.
Blood Pressure Clinic continues to operate at the Church, on 3rd Mondays at 4 p.m.
Cradle Roll activities continue as members of the MU attend Baptismal preparation classes with the priest and the parents and god-parents of babies to be baptized as well as the Baptismal Service. The MU participated in the family service on the 4th Sunday in September.
Guest speakers - Dr. Denise Eldemire- Shearer (June) spoke on "Managing our Illness" She also spoke on the importance of making a Will. Mrs. Sharon Hall, from the Jamaica Cancer Society, (October) spoke on the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer, cancer of the cervix and prostate cancer.
Reception Committee- assists worshippers to prepare for a spiritually fulfilling worship experience. The members extend hospitality to visitors and provide worship material for use at Services. This group supports the publication of the Parishioner.
Senior Choir- This group assists with worship on a regular basis. A new Choir Director was appointed in 2003 and some new persons have joined the group.
Mission - The Guild functions to serve God by:
Activities in 2003 - included regular meetings, rehearsals and participation in special services such as Training of new Servers; Deanery Day; Participation in the Ordination on November 30; Christmas Tree Decoration and Contribution to and participation in the Little Brothers of St. Andrew Christmas Social at the St. Andrew Care Centre.
Programme for 2004 - To seek deeper relationships with God and increased fellowship among members; to promote the activities of the Servers' Guild and to increase our membership by inviting other members of the congregation to join; to reach out to the wider community and promote the Gospel of Christ by working alongside other church groups and outreach programmes.
Membership - Current active membership - 13 In training
- 4 (New 2003 members = 4)
Sunday School and Nursery
Mission - The Sunday School is committed to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This commitment will be fostered using available communication media to engage, encourage and challenge each individual to develop a personal, loving relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Saviour so that, filled with the Holy Spirit they may be enabled to live out their faith in community.
Introduction - Sunday School classes took place during the 7.30am Service and at 4.00pm. The 7.30am Sunday School offers a Nursery for children under 3 years old.
Attendance highs - 143, morning (May 4) and - 25 evening (May 18). Staff - 40 (end 03)
Student Activities - SAPC team received the "Most Disciplined Team" trophy in the Area Council Bible Quiz in February; Confirmation candidates were presented with Bibles prior to their Confirmation; The students made Palm Crosses for the Church and its Missions and a Children's service was held on Easter Day at which all classes presented items. In May, Sunday School Month, Prize Giving was held, there was a display of work, and eligible staff members were commissioned. Sunday School Boy and Girl of the year were Douglas Evelyn (Evening SS) and Noelle Gayle (Morning SS). A new trophy, the Eric Morrison Shield in memory of our former verger, given for group or individual excellence was presented to Jason Ewer. Diocesan Children's Sunday with the theme "Placing our children's lives in God's hands", was held on Sunday, May 25 at the 9.45am service and 28 of our students later attended the Sunday School Festival and March of Witness at St. Philip's Church. A Fun Day was held at the Old Court House in July. Some students dressed in costume and presented their gifts at the altar for Harvest. For the first time the blessing of the Advent Wreath and the lighting of the first Advent candle took place at the beginning of our Patronal Service with students giving the explanations and lighting the candle. The Patronal Service was followed by refreshments and a games period which the youngsters enjoyed. The Christmas drama, "And the Angels Watched" replaced the sermon at the 9:45a.m. service on Christmas Sunday. It was also presented at the Care Centre during the Christmas season.
Staff Activities - Staff skills continue to be upgraded with Retreats, Work Shops and Seminars. Topics covered included "Help for Parents - 'Behavioral Patterns in Children - Challenges and Opportunities'. Diocesan Workshop on Curriculum, HIV-AIDS, Technology in Teaching and The Rewards of Sunday School Ministry. Homosexuality - a Biblical Understanding, and Evangelism - an Anglican Perspective.
2004 - In addition to the usual activities plans include:
Tuesday Charity- responds to the needs of some 111 indigent persons in the vicinity of the Church. Donations of grocery items and cash assist in maintaining this ministry. Increased weekly giving of basic food items by the members has greatly enhanced this programme.
Membership - Number of active members - 40. New members
- Five (5)
Objectives 2004 - In addition to regular activities,
the SAPC/WA wishes to establish a mentorship programme aimed specifically
at working with young girls.
Women's Working Committee
The AGM was held in June 2002; the next elections are due early 2004. Membership - 20, new members - 3.
Fundraising - The JMTC musical "Mama I Want To Sing" staged in August was the only fund-raising activity. The next fundraising event will be in August 2004.
Membership/attendance ranges between 7-13 persons. There was one new member during 2003.
Mission - To proclaim the Good News and inspire each other to unity with God and each other by:
Activities in 2003 - Included social, topical discussions, assisting with an adult education programme at Kencot, assistance with the Youth Retreat in March and visiting shut-ins as a Labour Day/Church history project.
Membership - 16
Activities - During the year, the Choir continued to contribute to the musical life of the church through participation in Sunday and special services, and other events at the Parish Church, its missions, and the Diocese. These included the Annual Marian Service, the St Andrew Deanery Day Service, the installation service for the Rector of St Jude's, the Ordination Service held at St Andrew in November, the St Andrew Parish Church Youth Gathering, an open-air Christmas Service at the University Hospital, the Annual Harvest Supper and the Diocesan Youth Rallies.
In August, the Youth Choir traveled to Antigua to participate in the Provincial Youth Gathering of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. The Group was responsible for planning and leading the daily worship, conducting workshops on the Creative Arts in Worship, composing the theme song and was also the Choir for the Opening Service and the Gathering. The Choir is grateful for the support from the SAPC family without which this participation would not have been possible.
New initiatives by the choir included the production of a Year C worship planner; the filming of a video of "praise dances" choreographed by the choir; the staging of a summer guitar camp for members of the congregation; as well as a Church Instrumental Programme (CIP) aimed at providing instrumental skills to persons in Anglican and other churches. 22 persons from 9 churches participated in the CIP, including representatives from SAPC, St. Clement's and the Care Centre. Participants in the CIP have since offered presentations in their respective churches. The choir, with the support of the Curate in Charge, also presented a proposal to the Bishop for an Anglican Lay Worship Initiative (ALWI) to be launched in 2004. ALWI aims at prayerfully coordinating a process whereby Christians, and in particular Anglican Christians, can be equipped to use the Creative Arts in community worship and fellowship. There were further developments in the instrumental section of the choir with the formalization of the Youth Choir Orchestra involving a mix of traditional, contemporary and African/Caribbean instruments. The Youth Choir also launched Dance and Drama Groups at the Parish Church and introduced new mass settings to the congregation. In keeping with its focus on worship and ministry, the Choir continued weekly bible study and prayer as a group and has planned a Retreat for 2004.
Youth Fellowship- meets for fellowship, study and special activities.
Christian Education Committee
A Christian Education Committee was established in 2003 under the Chairmanship of Mr. George Briggs to develop the programmes and the variety of responses which would ensure the active participation of the members of the Church and which would ensure that the Vision/Mission statements developed in 2002 have continuity and focus and achieve the required objectives. Activities for 2003 have included: Quarterly book sales on site; a membership update (441 responses to date); and Living Issues - presentation of a discussion forum on a current topic; Retreat for Outreach project Management Committees; Sunday Social after the Patronal Festival Service. Coming out of a suggestion that there should be renewed attention to the Outreach Projects each is to be the special focus for selected months of the year as follows:
Plans for 2004 include 'Adult Sunday School' on 5th Sundays.
Given the required care with expenditure during 2003 many of the urgent upgrading and maintenance plans had to be placed on hold. The following work was completed:
Cemetery - cleaning and maintenance.
Church Hall - major improvements have been effected over the past two years and a rededication/50th Anniversary commemoration took place in December.
Rectory - Repairs were done to the ceiling along with other major general maintenance.
Below is a summary of the financial position at 31 December, 2003. A detailed report will be presented at the Annual Congregational Meeting.
Gift Day contributions of $1.3 million have been received to date, of which amount, $1,168,227 has been included in the report to December 31, 2003. Sincere thanks to the congregation for their response to the needs of the Church.
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Ecclesiastical Report - Year 2003
Membership - 3,000
Members on electoral roll - 1500
Overseas members - It is difficult to determine the numbers of persons who can be referred to as overseas members. However several members maintain regular contact, send donations and visit when in the island. The Reception Committee sends copies of the Parishioner to a number of these persons.
Baptisms Adults - 6 Children - 23
Confirmed Adults - 5 Juniors - 25
Sunday Schools (total) - 170 maximum
Sick Communion - (year) 58
Shut-ins - about 116
Marriages - 6
Burials - 64
Tuesday Charity (registered) - 111.
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Church Calendar 2004
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St. Andrew Parish Church
The Vision Statement
A church reconciled to God, aware of its identity and healing the community through the proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.
The Mission Statement
The mission of the St. Andrew Parish Church is to proclaim the good news and inspire the parish family to unity with God and one another
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying , "Whom shall
I send, and who will go for us?" And I said", "Here
am I; send me!' Isaiah 6:8
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