| Church Staff
- Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
- Rev. Fr. Robert McLean
- Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings (Jan to Aug)
- Rev. Dr. David Kuck
- Miss Kirby Clarke
- Miss Lynnette Mightly
- Mrs. Grace Geoghagen
- Mr. Orlando Strudwick
- Mr. Vernon Miranda
- Miss Ann Morrison
- Mrs. Diane Brown (Jan to June)
- Miss Shadaa Muir (July to Dec)
Mr. Linton Smith
Miss Beverly Burrell
Miss Charmaine Francis
Mr. Everton Williams
Mr. Leroy Donaldson
Mr. Marlon Paulwell (Mar)
Mr. Harry Creary (Apr - Dec)
Half Way Tree
Tel. 926-6692, 968-9366
|Church Committee -
- Mr. Alvaro Casserly - Member, Incorporated Lay
- Dr. Vincent Lawrence - Member, Incorporated Lay
Body; Rector's Warden
- Mr. Mike Fennell - Chairman, Diocesan Financial
Lay Representatives to Synod
- Mr. Frank James
- Mrs. Andrea Chin See
- Mr. George Briggs - People's Warden
- Miss Greta Bogues
- Dr. Nigel Elliott
- Mr. Douglas Folkes
- Mr. Brian Goldson
- Mr. Lloyd Gooden - Church Treasurer
- Dr. Lucien Jones
- Mrs. Jacqueline Mighty
- Mr. Tony Patel
- Mr. Owen Streete
- Miss Yolande Whitely
- Miss Katherine Williamson
- Mrs. Marjorie Steele - Recording Secretary
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Report From The Church Committee For The Year 2006
2006 was a very interesting, exciting and challenging year at St.
Andrew Parish Church. The 21st Rector the Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson
who took up duties in January 2006 was installed on February 5,
2006 at a very beautiful service rich with pageantry.
At his first Annual Congregational Meeting held on January 29,
2006 the activities of the past year were presented by the use
of the electronic media followed by a very lively and informative
During the year a number of innovations were introduced - Advent
devotions, lighting of the Advent candles during Advent, prayers
of intercession from other sources and a number of hymns taken
from other hymnals. Programmes for special occasions and Feast
Days - Easter Day, Harvest Festival, Patronal Festival , Carol
Service and Christmas Day.
The Vision Statement of St. Andrew Parish
Church states that it is:
"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
By ensuring that the church establishes programs to maintain,
engage and expand membership
By identifying and mobilizing the human and financial
resources available to the church.
By responding to human needs as we work for the transformation
of unjust structures and the preservation of the integrity
of the created order.
By presenting the Biblical tithe as the standard of Christian
giving and the shaping of programmes of ministry that
express the stewardship of God's creation.
By immersing our members in and expanding the knowledge
of Christian identity in the context of our cultural experience
and the obligations they impose.
The Highlights of activities carried out during 2006 include:
Lenten Studies on Thursdays with the theme "Images of the
Church" and introduction of Advent Devotions with focus on
"The Last Days" which were well received.
Lighting of the Advent Candles during Advent at the 7:30 a.m. service
with participation from the Sunday School.
Collaboration with Holy Cross in the annual Marian Service held
at Holy Cross on January 18, 2006. the Preacher was the our Curate
Rev Robert McLean.
A Youth Retreat, under the direction of Rev. Fr. McLean assisted
by the Youth Committee with presentations by Rev Fr. Richard Tucker
Rector of St. Matthew's Santa Cruz, was held at the Church Hall
March 3 to 4, 2006 and an Adult Retreat at Hillcrest Retreat Centre
in Browns Town, March 10 to 12, organized and led by Rev. Fr.
The seventh Alpha Training Programme was held during the period
April 26 to July 5, 2006.
Fellowship Group Retreat held on March 18, 2006 at the United Theological
Participation in the activities of the Half Way Tree Ministers
Fellowship which promotes the mid-day Reflections on Wednesdays
at noon, continued.
Chaplaincy through the Clergy and staff the Half Way Tree Primary
School, the Women's Crisis Centre and the St. Andrew Care Centre.
The Visitation Programme which involves members of Parish Groups
ministering to the sick and shut-in members continued.
Harvest Thanksgiving Service was held on October 22, 2006.
Patronal Festival was celebrated on December 3, 2006 at the 8:00
a.m. service. A Parish breakfast and fellowship which followed
was well supported.
The Annual Planning Parish Retreat which was held November 3 and
4, 2006 with the theme "Growing through Faith Commitment
and Action". The three objectives were: to achieve consensus
on a rolling three (3) year strategic plan for our church; to
develop and cost an implementation plan for our Strategic Plan
and to review in detail our current and projected financial position
and agree on a way forward. Presentations were made by Rev. Fr.
Leslie Hoo Sang on "Christian Responsibility for Tithing"
and Rev Garth Minott on "Stewardship". Consequent
on the Retreat a Strategic Plan and Action Items with time lines
have been developed covering three areas - Congregational Renewal
and Development, Christian Education and Finance and Administration.
Implementation has already begun with some of the activities and
expected to continue during 2007.
Other activities included:
Maintenance of the website which continued with information pertaining
to the activities of the church including the Weekly Bulletin
and Special Events updated on a regular basis.
Recognition of our Out-Reach Programmes in special months of the
year continued with Corporate Communion, special fund raising
activities and general information to members on the work of the
Many thanks to: the Church Committee and those members who worked
beyond the call of duty to prepare information for discussion
at committee meetings; Mrs. Marjorie Steele Recording Secretary
to the Church Committee who willingly came out of retirement to
provide needed assistance; The Parish Groups, other committees
and the many volunteers whose collaborative efforts assisted in
furthering the ministry of the church in so many areas.
Special thanks is extended to:
Our Curate Rev. Robert McLean who never hesitated to give advice
and service in all areas of ministry where and when called
upon so to do including but not limited to - visiting the
sick and shut in members and administering holy communion,
assisting with the Missions - St. Clement's in Kencot and
St. Thomas' in Majesty Gardens, preparing adult and youth
candidates for confirmation, organizing adult and youth retreats.
Rev Fr. Edward Jennings, Priest Assistant who continued to
give tremendous support to the various areas of need.
Sister Doris Levien who willingly assisted with: services on
Sundays and specifically on those Sundays when only one Priest
was in attendance; the Bible study on Mondays; maintaining
contact with members of our church family in the UWI Hospital
and keeping us up-to-date on a regular basis.
Rev Dr. David Kuck and his wife Mary, who assisted in the spiritual
life of our community here at the Parish Church and St. Andrew
Sister Molly Walton guest preacher on Missionary Sunday.
All those who assisted the Administration throughout the year
but especially to the BSA and team with representatives from
the Mothers' Union and the Senior Choir and Mrs Hyacinth Elliott
who carry out a special assignment on a regular basis. Mrs.
Loyle Herdsman, Mrs. Elesia Blackburn and Miss Gillian Morrison
who gave of their time and talent when called upon at very
Mr. Claude Campbell who faithfully, even when under severe
pressures, maintained our Web Site and ensured that updates
were done on a regular basis and provided other I.T. support.
Mr. Dudley McLean for his assistance in producing programmes
for special services and Feast Days - Easter, Harvest Thanksgiving,
the Patronal Festival, Carol Service etc. and helping in many
other areas on his own initiative also when requested to do
The Office Staff
Miss Lynnette Mightly for her invaluable assistance providing
secretarial services and other special assignments in
the church office and always willing to go the extra mile.
Mrs Gracie Geoghagen part-time accountant , Mrs. Lynette
Allen and Mrs. Trecia Elliott. who assisted in providing
accounting services. In addition to providing assistance
in the accounting area Mrs. Allen prepares the vessels
for Sunday worship.
Ms. Kirby Clarke Administrative Officer for her support
in administration and other areas as required.
The Property Manager - Mr. Orlando Strudwick for visiting
and dealing with the needs of the various properties.
The Vergers - Mr. Vernon Miranda -Verger, Miss Ann Morrison
Miss Morrison whom we welcomed back after her period of
illness continued to provide invaluable support in the
Church Office assisting in such areas as preparing candidates
for confirmation, providing information and assistance,
where necessary for weddings and funerals, organizing
and managing Tuesday Charity; and an important element
of our ministry, that of maintaining contact with our
sick and shut-in members, as well as assisting with the
scheduling of visits.
Mrs. Diana Brown and Miss Shadaa Muir who carried out receptionist
and clerical duties and assist in preparing the weekly
news letter and obtaining information as needed for the
The Ancillary Staff:
Mr. Linton Smith Caretaker - Church Hall, Miss Beverley
Burrell, Miss Charmaine Francis, Mr. Everton Williams
- Church Caretaker. Mr. Leroy Donaldson and Mr. Harry
Creary for work on the cemetery grounds and immediate
We are also very grateful to :
The Organists - Mr. Paul Bicknell, Mrs. June Spence, Mrs. Jacqueline
Wright-James and Mr. Donald Hossack, also Mr. Dwight McBean who
assists in maintaining the organ and collaborates with the repairers,
as required from time to time.
The Choir Directors in charge of the music ministry, whose contribution
enriched the Sunday services - Mr. Audley Davidson - Director
of the Senior Choir, Mrs. Marcia Ashley Director Youth Choir and
Miss Yvonne Sterrett. Also persons from other choirs who contributed
to enhancing our worship at various times during the year.
Miss June Rose and Mrs. Donna Evelyn who provided support for the
junior confirmation candidates.
The individuals who made donations to the Special First Sunday
Appeal Fund. Also the organizations and individuals who contributed
cash and kind in many other areas including the Tuesday Charity,
refreshments for the Lenten devotions and the breakfast and fellowship
following the Patronal Festival Service.
The Facey family for commissioning work on the Church Office Building.
Au Revoir - In August, Rev Fr. Edward Jennings (along with
his wife Karlene) left us to take up an assignment with the Correctional
Services as Assistant Chaplain.
On December 31, 2006, with mixed feelings we said farewell to
our beloved Rev. Robert McLean, Curate from December 2003, who
was promoted as Rector of the Albert Town Cure.
Welcome - Two students Monique Blake and Rory Honeyghan
who assisted on Sundays both at the Parish Church and out reach
Mission in Kencot.
Congratulations -To those who have received national awards
and other special recognition during the year.
Condolences - To the many parishioners who lost loved ones
during the year.
Rev. Major Sirranno Kitson
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Reports - Missions and Spirituality - Church Groups
ALPHA 2006 Report
Alpha is a short, practical introduction to the Christian faith,
developed at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican Church in
London, England and now used worldwide by many denominations as
an Evangelical tool. St. Andrew Parish Church has been running
the course annually since 2000 at the Church Hall . Alpha 2006,
our 7th Alpha was held on Wednesday evenings between 5:30pm and
8:15pm from Wednesday, April 26, closing with the celebration
Dinner on Wednesday, July 5. The Leader of the course was the
Rector, Rev. Major Sirrano Kitson assisted by Rev. Fr. Robert
McLean (Curate) and Rev. Fr. Edward Jennings (Priest Asst.). The
ground work was done by the following Steering Committee.
|Small Group Coordinator
|Task Force Coordinators
- Patsy Richardson and
- Marjorie Hamilton and
|Book Table Coordinator
Table Leaders/Helpers/Facilitators were selected from previous
courses and having done the training, guided the discussion at
the Tables. The sessions were very Spirit-filled with persons
turning up in the worst weather. The Celebration Dinner was particularly
fulfilling with 2 of the participants giving heartwarming testimonies
of what Alpha had meant to them. The Church paid for the security,
while meals etc. were covered by contributions from those participating.
Each evening began with a light meal, followed by lively worship,
a videoed talk by Rev. Nicky Gumbell of HTB then discussion and
Bible study in small groups. Two Training Sessions for facilitators
were held and a one (1) day Holy Spirit Retreat was held at the
United Theological College on Saturday, June 3. Attendance at
the sessions ranged from 28 (on a very rainy evening) to 36. The
Retreat was attended by 33 persons. Our prayer is that more and
more persons inside and outside the Church will use the opportunity
provided by Alpha to develop a deep relationship with God in Jesus
Christ as lasting friendships are formed around the tables.
Extracted from report submitted by Joyce P. James
Altar Guild Report - 2006
The St. Andrew Parish Church Altar Guild, with the responsibility
of preparing the church for Sunday worship, continues to play
an important role in the following areas:
- Maintenance of altar and church linen,
- Provision and preparation of floral décor,
- Cleaning the church - including brassware, wall fixtures and
religious artifacts e.g. Processional Cross.
The following are ongoing projects in which the Guild participates:
Church Yard Landscaping
- The potted palms have managed to survive and are flourishing
(despite some theft earlier in the year).
- Attempts are being made to establish flowerbeds on the side
to Hagley Park road.
- Plans are also underway to replace stolen pots and plants.
- Progress has been made in replenishing and improving our linen
stock. An inventory was taken, after which fabric was purchased
and new linen is being produced. A Laundering Roster is now
in place, along with a Log Book for recording the movement
of the linen A training programme, has been established which
allows members to have greater involvement in and knowledge
of the preparation of linen and dressing of the Church.
This area of our ministry, continues to cause concern, we need
support from our Church members on designated clean up days, as
our building is plagued with dust and grime from the atmosphere
due to the incessant traffic in the area.
There was no major fund raising event this year, however, one
member initiated a book bag project, which was very successful.
Flowers for decorating the church on Sundays are provided by contributions
from the members of the Altar Guild.
A representative of Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) conducted
an Investment presentation.
Groups are assigned to visit two to three shut-ins on a monthly
basis, and report their findings to the Church Office and report
to the Guild's quarterly meetings. There is need for improvement
in this area as groups have not been visiting as frequently as
In an effort to attract youth members, the Chairman presented
the objectives of the Guild to the Senior Sunday School members.
Also, individual groups have been soliciting new members in an
ongoing effort to build Guild membership.
Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting held Saturday September 23, 2006,
the following persons were elected to the Executive:
Extracted from report submitted by Phyll Williams Chairman
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BSA) is an organization of men and
boys within the Anglican Communion. It is international in scope
and is dedicated to the spread of Christ's kingdom among men.
During the year under review the BSA observed its Pledge of "Prayer,
Study and Service". In that regard it was engaged in a number
of activities including:
BIBLE STUDY:Monthly at each meeting with particular emphasis
on the weekly readings from the Lectionary
EVANGELISM: Sunday services scheduled or assigned at the
following Missions - St.Thomas', Majesty Gardens, St. Clement's
Kencot and St. Mark's Scotts Hall.
OUT REACH:Board membership on the Bishop Gibson's Home
for the Aged. Financial support by direct contribution or purchasing
of tickets for fund raising events; sponsorship of one member
of the Youth Fellowship to a training course in Mandeville; provision
of one tent and chairs for the accommodation of the Sunday School
VISITATION: Regular visits and telephone calls to sick
and shut-in Brotherhood members also to members absent from Sunday
PARISH ACTIVITIES: Supported the activities of the other
organizations of the church in fund raising church decoration
and on-duty assignments.
Extracted from report submitted by the BSA.
Fellowship Groups 2006
Date of establishment: March 6, 1983.
Management: Coordinators work with representatives of groups
for planning joint activities.
The Fellowship Groups of St. Andrew Parish Church continue to
meet regularly. There are now fifteen groups. Most meet every
week, others every other week and others once a month The purpose
of the groups is to study the Bible together, to pray together
and to share with each other. Meetings are held in a relaxed atmosphere,
members enjoy each others company, share joys, sorrows and matters
of concern. It has been observed that we have a strong support
group. As we study together, we find that we help each other to
grow in our Christian faith, and we have companions on our Christian
journey. Corporate Communion was held as customary on the first
Sunday in Lent and our annual one day retreat was held on March
18, 2006. The theme was "GOOD NEWS FOR A BAD NEWS WORLD ".
The first session "Bad News" was led by the Rt. Rev.
Dr. Robert Thompson , Bishop of Kingston. The second session "Good
News" was led by Rev. Ralph (Jim) Parkes, and the third session
"Who am I and why am I here" was led by Rev. Jean Forbes.
All sessions gave us much food for thought, and there was a general
feeling that we had all gained much from the day. The Fellowship
Groups have continued to take the Sunday Evening Service once
per month usually on third Sundays but this has been changed to
We had our Joint Fellowship Group Service on the second Sunday
in November. All our groups participated in this service which
was well attended. Our Fellowship Group Social was on Saturday
November 25, at the home of our Rector and Mrs Kitson. We thank
them for their welcome to their home. A good time was had by all
in spite of the weather.
Extracted from report submitted by Coordinators Joyce James
and Joan Reader.
The Little Brothers of St. Andrew Programme
Summary Report of Activities in 2006
Background and Mission: The Little Brothers of St. Andrew
Programme aims to use creative and interactive methods to teach
boys under 15 years about God and the principles of Christianity
through Bible Knowledge classes, and about the world around them
through World Knowledge classes (a mixture of Science, Geography,
Social Studies and History). Other aims include improving the
Reading and Mathematics skills of the boys, and through incorporating
drama, art and craft and music, to give these boys an outlet for
self-expression. The programme also provides opportunities for
the active involvement of young persons from St. Andrew Parish
Church (aged 17 to 26 years) in Christian ministry and witness.The
programme has also supported the St. Andrew Care Centre by assisting
to bridge the gap between the Centre and the community in which
it operates by including Ambrook Lane boys in the Saturday classes,
through financial assistance to several of the Centre's clients,
and through assistance with the Care Centre's operating costs.
Clients of the programme include mostly youth of the Ambrook
Lane community and, on occasion, Half Way Tree 'street boys'.
Management: Mr. Hugh Williams and his wife Dr. Dorothea
Williams manage the logistics of the programme including the provision
of lunch on Saturdays. Following the passing of Miss. Elsie Sayle,
Mr. Hugh Gayle has taken on responsibilities of the programme's
treasurer. A group of five volunteer teachers led by Minke Newman
run the classes on Saturday mornings. This group meets for weekly
planning meetings and bimonthly Bible studies.
Source of Funding: Funding for lunch on Saturdays, for
the cost of field trips and the cost of the annual Christmas treat
is contributed through donations. The cost of all teaching materials
is borne by the volunteers. A Christmas Ham sale fund raising
project was held in December 2006 to assist in providing well
Activities in 2006:
- Assistance with GSAT preparation and with homework on Saturdays
- Bible Knowledge classes under the themes: Parables of Jesus,
The Fruits of the Spirit: Patience, Kindness and Goodness,
and The Exodus (Moses Story).
- World Knowledge classes which dealt mainly with Science and
Social Studies topics on the GSAT syllabus
- Field Trips to: Father Holung's production - Moses at the
National Stadium, Castleton Gardens, and Sophie's Place in
- Participation in the Sunday School Festival held at St. Andrew
Parish Church in May, which involved the production of a banner
for the group
- Participation in summer camps including: Moorlands Camps ,
Jumpball, Basketball Camp and Reading Solutions Camp
- End of year Fun Day at Holywell Park in the Blue Mountains.
Challenges in 2006: The programme continued to be challenged
- A lack of strong support from and visibility within the church
- Lack of financial support or funding for volunteer activities
Achievements: Achievements over the period include:
- Increased interest and involvement (among these clients) in
Sunday worship at St. Andrew Parish Church
- Improved communication with parents of the clients
- Acquired, through donations and scholarships, approx.$50,000
to send 8 boys to various summer camps
Goals for 2007
- To further increase church involvement among clients (including
involvement in AYF activities for older clients)
- To further improve relationships between volunteers and parents
(and Ambrook Lane Community)
- To continue to offer assistance in the preparation for the
GSAT and with the client's homework
- To identify means of acquiring funding for the programme
Submitted by: Minke Newman
A number of changes were introduced including adopting the new
regional grouping and operating as the Eastern Jamaica Region.
The regular monthly meetings continued with a break in August.
Assistant Priest Rev Edward Jennings led devotions in January.
He spoke on the power of prayer and dealt with the concept of
"Evangelical Transformation" of persons and how the
Mothers' Union can contribute. Corporate communion was celebrated
on the second Sunday of every month with participation quarterly
by reading the lessons taking up the elements and collection plate.
Two new members were enrolled in November bringing the total membership
to sixty (60) including shut-ins and members overseas.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES - Twenty seven (27) members from the
branch attended the national annual general meeting at the Kendal
Conference Centre in February. At the first Regional Meeting as
Eastern Jamaica Region twenty one (21) members attended at the
Parish Church in Port Maria. Members attended all Deanery meetings
held . Our branch hosted the one in October and special thanks
to Rev Sirrano Kitson who led the Devotion In April sixteen (16)
members attended the Lady Day Service held at St. John's the Evangelist.
Support was also given to the Portland Deanery as members from
our and other branches attended their Lady Day Service. Nine (9)
members attended the Church Women United World Day of Prayer Service,
planned by the Nigerian Chapter and held at Bethel Baptist Church.
In June three (3) members attended the Regional Training seminar.
The morning session was led by Dr. Angela Gordon-Stair on the
topic "Mentor A Child, Undergird A Parent" - the Mothers'
Union theme for the year. The fellowship and blessings from all
the events were very refreshing and enlightening.
OUT REACH - SAPC Home For Girls - association with
the Home for Girls continued with visits on a quarterly basis.
On each visit the emphasis was on formulating activities of interest
to the girls to generate interaction and participation. Further
participation continued with a visit during Child's Month in May.
Blood Pressure Clinic - Nurse Daphne Martin a member of
our group faithfully operated the clinic at the church office
every first and third Monday. This has been an ongoing exercise
lovingly carried out by her for several years. Cradle Roll
activities continued under the guidance of the co-ordinator Mrs.
Blossom Williams, who keeps in contact with the parents of children
from baptism to three years old when they should begin to attend
Sunday School. Members attended preparation meetings with the
Rector Rev. Sirrano Kitson along with parents and god parents
of babies to be baptised and join them at the baptismal service.
Mentoring - One member is assisting the mentoring programme
at Queen's High School and the group assists financially.
OTHER ACTIVITIES - included Annual Retreat in June led by
Fr. Robert McLean- the topic was the "History of the Anglican
Church". Visits to sick and shut-in members and joined with
them, when possible for their birthday celebration. This included
Mrs. Orinthia Fender who celebrated the 100th anniversary of her
birth in April when Fr. Kitson attended and gave her communion
Three members were honoured for long association with the Branch.
Attendance at the service of thanksgiving for the life of Mrs.
Edna Vickers-Henry who passed away in April at the age of 94.
Support was given to members who lost loved ones during the year
- Mrs. Loleta Elliott a son and Mrs. Ina Robinson a sister. Fund
raising events were carried out to assist in providing funds to
defray some of the expenses of the organization.
SPECIAL AWARDS - Our branch won the Diocese of Jamaica Centenary
Award presented to the Deanery of St. Andrew for the second consecutive
year earned for outstanding performance during 2005. Mrs. Daphne
Whitely the Enrolling Member was elected Deanery Presiding Member
for St. Andrew, while Mrs. Ena Dallen was elected Deputy Enrolling
SPECIAL MENTION - Mrs. Coleen Tinker-White who graciously
left the branch in 2005 to join the Conversion of St. Paul's Mission
in Greater Portmore has formed a Mothers' Union branch at that
church. We congratulate her on her efforts.
Extracted from report submitted by Daphne Whitely, Enrolling
Objective - to assist worshippers to prepare for a spiritually
fulfilling worship experience., established over twenty years
ago its significant achievements during the year under review
include: hosting the newly confirmed; coordinating the activities
for the St. Andrew Deanery Sunday School Festival and providing
donation towards the meals for the adults; give out offering bags;
prepare the elements and select persons to take up the offering
and elements to the Altar. Monitor the entrances, welcome visitors,
ensure that they are comfortably seated and provide worship materials
for use in the service - prayer books, hymn books and any other
relevant documents. Prepare St. Nicholas Chapel for administering
of the Holy Communion and guiding the Priest to persons who are
unable to go to the Altar or Chapel for communion. Funding is
provided by in- giving and contribution from members in addition
to some fund raising events.
Extracted from the report submitted.
The St. Andrew Parish Church Servers' Guild
The Servers' Guild functions to serve God by:
- Aiding to maintain efficiency and the smooth running of church
- Assisting clergy at regular Eucharist services and at special
services such as funerals, weddings and ordinations.
- Working alongside other church groups to enhance our congregation's
worship experience by allowing them to "offer to God
a service of praise and glory along with appropriate beauty
- Being leaders among the youth of our church, joining in other
youth related activities and inviting others to join the Guild,
thereby promoting understanding, use of, and pride in our
Cost of Operation & Source of Funding: No real operation
costs. Material and sewing of vestments acquired through donation
by Mrs. Marie Isaacs and the Women's Working Committee. In the
new church year, the guild will resume collection of monthly dues
to cover incidental costs.
Management: The guild is led by the chief server, Minke
Newman, appointed by the Rector in 2002. The chief server is guided
by the Rector and Curate. Her responsibilities include organizing
and coordinating the guild activities, creating the monthly duty
roster, the training of new members, and acting as the guild representative
to the Youth Committee. In 2006 a new guild executive was formed.
Executive members include the deputy head server- Daryan Pallas
(appointed by the chief server in 2005), the guild treasurer -
Phylicia Williams, and the guild secretary - Kurt Strudwick. The
executive aims to meet regularly to plan the activities of the
Membership: The Servers Guild currently has 11 training
servers. The number of active senior servers declined over the
course of the year. Two valuable members retired from the guild
- Twanya Smith and Marsha Woolcock. Twanya Smith is a former chief
server and had served as an acolyte for nearly 15 years.
Challenges in 2006: The major challenges for 2006 were:
- Decline in membership of active senior servers
- Lack of adherence (by members) to the duty roster. Poor attendance
and punctuality continue to be problems for this group. There
is now a record of attendance at each service and the new
executive is devising strategies to deal with this issue in
the new church year.
- Lack of funds. There was little to no collection of dues from
members in 2006. The newly formed executive will resume this
collection in the new church year. The guild also hopes to
open a bank account for the management of these funds.
Achievements in 2006:
- In 2006 the Servers Guild successfully met its goal to increase
guild membership. The training of 11 new servers which began
in May will double the current membership.
- The formation of the new Servers Guild executive.
Activities in 2006: Activities which the servers took part
in aside from their regular participation in Sunday worship, and
in training, rehearsals and Bible study at their Saturday guild
meetings, included participation in:
- The annual Christmas treat (in December 2005) for the Little
Brothers of St. Andrew through donation of cash and gifts.
- The installation service for the new rector in February.
- The annual youth retreat held at the Church Hall in March.
- The Sunday School Festival held at St. Andrew Parish Church
- The "Atlanta Adventure" in July.
- Servers Guild Social in October.
- Diocesan Youth Rally at St. Cyprian, Highgate St. Mary in
- Harvest Festival service at St. Thomas Mission, Majesty Gardens
Goals for 2007: Important goals for 2007 include:
- To increase guild membership
- To improve general attendance and punctuality for church services
and guild meetings
- To improve the bimonthly servers meetings and bible studies,
and to incorporate more social and spiritual group activities
- To increase guild participation in the church's youth related
- To resume the collection of dues from guild members
- To create a Servers Guild bank account for the management
of guild funds
Submitted by Minke Newman
Annual Report Of The St. Andrew Parish Church Sunday School And
Nursery For 2006
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
Sunday School is operated during the 7.30am Service, except on
4th Sundays when students are encouraged to attend the 9:45am
Family Eucharist and 5th Sundays (when they occur) when families
are encouraged to remain in the 7:30am service and then all attend
the 9:45am Total Sunday School. As of October the concept of Total
Sunday School is being re examined and therefore there will be
regular 7.30am Sunday School on 5th Sundays. There is a Nursery
for children under 3 years old. Attendance was fairly consistent
with a high of 109 consisting of 49 boys and 60 girls. At present
there are 36 members of staff, including 4 trainees.
- Superintendent - Joyce P. James
- Nursery Supervisor - Joyce Brown
- SS Supervisor - Fay Duncan
- Assistant - Trevor Blake
- Chief Librarian - Pauline Green
- Secretary - Carole Willis
- Treasurer - Hazel Thomas
Our team did not place in the top 3 of the Area Council Bible
Quiz in February, however, in the Bible Reading Competition held
in October Don Romario Watson placed 1st in Category 1, Dayna
Nelson placed 1st in Category 2 and Kelli-Anne Lane came 2nd in
Category 3.Confirmation candidates were prayed for and presented
with Bibles before their Confirmation on Palm Sunday.
The students made Palm Crosses for the Church and its missions
and a well attended Children's service was held at 4:00pm on Easter
Day at which all classes presented items and our new Rector Fr.
Kitson conducted the Service and preached. In May, Sunday School
Month, Prize Giving was held, and there was a display of work
done by the students. Sunday School Boy of the year was O'Dayne
Harvey and Sunday School Girl of the year was Rebekah Watson.
The Eric Morrison Shield for Excellence, in memory of our former
Verger, was presented to Dayna Nelson. A new Trophy, the
Ann Cooke Memorial Trophy was given to be presented to
a student who showed qualities of Integrity, Initiative and Industry.
The first recipient was Fontain Jones. Diocesan Children's
Sunday with the theme "I am a Child of God" was celebrated
on Sunday, May 7, at the 7.30am service. On Sunday, May 28, St.
Andrew Parish Church hosted a very successful Annual Sunday School
Festival and March of Witness under the theme "Save Your
Children Lord". The entire Church through its various organizations
contributed to the excellence of the occasion. Mr. Michael Elliott
(now Rev.) preached a very interactive sermon using modern technology.
On the second Saturday in July, we had a very enjoyable biennial
Outing, visiting St. Christopher's Church, Cavaliers and then
picnicking at Salisbury Manor, the property of Mrs. Sonia Nelson.
In October we placed 1st in categories 1 and 2 of the Deanery Bible
Reading Competition and 2nd in Category 3. For Christmas our play,
"Too-oo-oo Busy" formed the sermon for the 9:45am Family
Eucharist on December 24, 2006.
We started the year with a delightful Staff Christmas Social at
the home of Mrs. Carole Willis .Staff skills continue to be upgraded
with Retreats, Work Shops and Seminars. The workshop in February
was conducted by Mrs. Lorna Fraser who dealt with Lesson Preparation.
The Department of Education and Youth of the Diocese held a Deanery
workshop in February at St. Jude's and a Diocesan Sunday School
Conference at Church Teachers' College in Mandeville in May. We
had representatives at both events. Rev. Fr. Robert McLean led
our Retreat in September starting with the Eucharist and addressing
the topic, "The Practice of Spirituality"
Mrs. Sasha Lumsden-Wright, Nursery member in charge of 2nd Sundays
removed from the corporate area and can no longer serve in this
capacity. Four of our senior students, Shadaa Muir, Moyen Campbell,
Dwayne Grant and Kerry-Ann Knight are in training as teachers
Status of Projections for 2006
In October we started Library Day on 1st Sundays for each class
in order to stimulate interest in the Library and reading. The
1st day with Primary B went very well. Student involvement in
leading the Worship on 3rd Sundays continues. More of our students
are continuing to get involved in the wider Church activities
through the Youth Choir, the Servers Guild and the Youth Fellowship.
Physical Structure and Equipment
We were given gifts of fans, 2 for the Hall downstairs and one
for the Nursery. The Sunday School is in dire need of painting
and repairs (especially to the downstairs ceiling). We also need
new tables for the Seniors and new chairs for the Nursery.
We thank the "Friends of the Sunday Schools' for the many
ways in which they have assisted us.
Submitted by Joyce P. James Superintendent
The Friends Of The St. Andrew Parish Church Sunday Schools
Annual Report 2006
As the Friends of the Sunday Schools have pledged our commitment
to support the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, we have continued supporting the Sunday Schools
of the St. Andrew Cure spiritually in prayer and raising funds
for administration and social development of the children under
Established - approximately eight years ago with the purpose
of providing spiritual support in thorm of prayer for the staff,
students and parents of the three Sunday Schools in the St. Andrew
Cure namely - St. Clement's., St. Thomas and St. Andrew. For the
last four years the Friends have taken on the full financial responsibility
of the Sunday Schools in an effort to alleviate the financial
burden on the Church.
2006 - The Year In Review
We had our Corporate Communion on the second Sunday in March at
the 7:30 a.m. service.
At the Annual General Meeting in April the following persons were
re-elected to the Executive Committee:
- President - Carole Willis
- Vice - President - Lorna Fraser
- Secretary - Donna Evelyn
- Assistant Secretary - Sonia Levy
- Treasurer - Rosemarie Evelyn
- Assistant Treasurer - Hugh Gayle
- Superintendent/St. Andrew - Joyce James
- Superintendent/St. Clement's - Sybil Thompson
- Superintendent/St. Thomas
- Past President - Lorna Cover
- Public Relations Officer - Dionne Clarke-Harris
- Assistant Public Relations Officer - Tanya Cohen
In addition to providing the Sunday Schools with their day-to-day
needs, the Friends provided for the following Sunday School activities
- Staff Workshop in February
- Department of Education & Youth Workshops (held throughout
- Bibles for Confirmation Candidates in April
- Prize giving in May
- Biennial Outing
Sending students to Diocesan Camp
Fund Raising Activities
The Friends had one major fund raising event (as agreed at a general
meeting in 2004), formally titled "A Panorama of Music".
This was held on June 3, 2006 at the Church Hall and raised just
Our Parent/Teacher Social was held on October 7, 2006 at the Church
Hall, and though it is not a fund raising event, a Dutch
Auction, which was part of the entertainment, raised $7,000.00.
The Friends continue to pray for our clergy, students, staff,
parents and congregation.
Extracted from report submitted by Carole Willis, President.
Women's Working Committee
Report for period ending December 2006
To fulfill the mission of the St. Andrew Parish Church. Our motto
- Look, see & act as we are able, enables us to "respond
to human needs as we work for the transformation . . . ."
(excerpt from SAPC Mission Statement)
Date of establishment: May 24, 1973, By the late Mrs. Rose
The Committee obtains funds through fund raising activities undertaken
from time to time, and from dues and contributions from its members.
The Treasurer manages the funds, and disburses for the various
commitments (Rector's Discretionary Fund, Scholarships, Charities
etc.), as sanctioned by the committee. During the year under review,
the Women's Working Committee (WWC) continued to play its part
to fulfill the mission of the St. Andrew Parish Church
- Official Launch of the Rose Lynch Scholarship Fund in May
- Successful fund raising supper fashion show and silent auction
- Maintain funds for the Rector's Discretionary fund
- Sustain the Scholarship Programme. Our present commitment
is to support 2 students through to graduation from Secondary
School. These students were recruited from the St. Thomas
Sunday school, and are now in 4th form at Papine High and
Excelsior High respectively.
- Maintain Christian Fellowship by participating as a Group,
in the Holy Eucharist on third Sundays
- Pursue our business objectives in bi-monthly meetings.
- Provide snacks for the Rector, other Clergy and Church staff
on Sunday Mornings
- Finance and Coordinate refreshments served at the Annual Congregational
- Assist with uniforms for the Servers' Guild.
- Financial assistance to Tuesday Charity, Annual Supper, Sunday
- Met with the new Rector to advise him of the various programmes
We wish to acknowledge the support given, by the members, to the
Executive Committee, namely
- Mrs. Veta Bullock - Chairman
- Mrs. Beverley Lawrence - Vice Chairman
- Mrs. Idell Grant - Treasurer
- Mrs. Joy Clarke - Secretary
- Mrs. Fabia Davis - Asst. Secretary
- Mrs. Ethel Thomas - Public Relations
- Miss Kirby Clarke continues to chair the Scholarship Sub-Committee.
We also acknowledge the support of the Spouses who, by their actions
continue to endorse the achievements of the WWC.
Special thanks is extended to the Mr. & Mrs. George Bullock,
for hosting the Annual Fund Raising Supper, Fashion Show and Silent
Extracted from report submitted by Mrs. Veta Bullock Chairman
Young Adults - Annual Report 2006
To proclaim the Good News and inspire each other to unity with
God and each other by: -
- Supporting and encouraging each other in our walk with
- Strengthening the relationship with God and each other
- Creating a resource pool of individuals to support the
work of the Church
- Fostering in members an enthusiasm to share the Gospel
and serve the community.
- Carrying forward and support the work of the church in
- Creating an environment where we can engage freely in the
exploration of our faith in a productive atmosphere.
- Where possible, ministering to the whole need of people;
physical, spiritual, social, emotional, professional.
The St. Andrew Parish Church Young Adults group approached 2006
with renewed hope for the spiritual renewal of its members. Consistent
participation remained one of the main challenges faced in this
year; however, some successes were achieved and we were able to
fulfill elements of our mission. The challenge remains to extend
our reach to more of the young adult population within the church.
The group will need to focus more on outreach in 2007 as in the
2006 period the focus was on building relationships among group
members, increasing our knowledge of our faith and improving our
communication processes. There was an increase in the number of
group activities and regular group meeting were being held. Activities
of the group for the year included the following:
members of the group assisted with:
Members of the group participated in:
Fellowship activities such as monthly 'First Friday Lymes'
Two Socials were held in 2006
Monthly General Meetings (last Wednesday each month)
Posters, invitation cards and notices in the Church Bulletins
were used to increase the visibility of the group within
the church community and invite new members.
E-mail listing created to improve communication and our
contact listing updated
Framed citation presented to Fr. Jennings at the end of
his ministry at St. Andrew Parish Church.
The group was able to extend its support to our member
Yasmin Gibson whose father died earlier this year by visiting
the family and attending the funeral service.
In September the group was restructured. This facilitates more
flexible meeting times for smaller groups and the increased involvement
of members in decision-making and event-planning. The members
were distributed among the following groups:
- Faith-Formation - which planned and hosted the October event
- a forum on 'Prayer for the Young Adult' led by Dr. Lucien
Jones. The text from the forum was later provided by Dr. Jones
and e-mailed to all members on the mailing list.
- Personal Development & Sports -- a forum on Young Adult
- Mission Activity - to encourage a sense of mission among members
& the church in general
- Fellowship & Fundraising - to promote closeness among
members of the group and plan & execute fund-raising activities.
A 4-member Central Coordinating Body led by Terry-Anne Wilson oversees
the general activities of the group. Members are Katherine Williamson,
Edison Galbraith & Nicola Carney.
PLANS FOR 2007
- The focus of the Young Adult group of 2007 will continue
to be on developing the individual Christian confidence of
group members and strengthening the relationships among them,
so the group becomes a strong support system
- for its members and the church community.
Weekly Bible study/spiritual development exercise (Thursdays at
Monthly seminars on various topics.
Extracted from report submitted by Terry-Anne Wilson - Coordinator
Property and Building (P&B) Committee
- Church environs -Hagley ParkRoad
- Church building/Old Court House/Church Office
- Cemetery/Columbarium/Car Park
- Annex/Caretakers Cottage
- St. Andrew Care Centre
- Ambrook Lane - Cottage #1/Cottage #2
- Ellesmere Road
- Church Hall/Cottage #1/Cottage #2/Home for Girls
- Moreton Park Cottages
- #4 HopeRoad
- St. Clement's
The Property and Building Committee in carrying out its mandate
met on a monthly basis to review activities established for the
Following receipt of loan funding plans were put in place to carry
out repairs to the Rectory and the roof of the church building.
Work on the rectory was completed which allowed the Rector to
move in before the end of the year and repairs to the roof of
the church building were well advanced by December. The matter
in regard to transferring of the lands being used for the car
park, from the Ministry of Lands and Environment (formerly Ministry
of Works) to the Church was resolved. Work commenced on repairs
to the Church Office Building . This was commissioned by the Facey
family. A new lease arrangement was successfully negotiated with
NCB for the premises at #4 Hope Road. Discussions with the Jamaica
Library Service in regard to use of the Annex as a resource center
progressed . Several meetings and discussions were held to review
the proposals. A report is to be sent to the church committee
for their review and comments before submitting the proposal to
JSIF for grant funding.
Church Grounds and Environs Committee
The Committee which has responsibility for the cemetery and the
church grounds including the collumbarium was re-activated and
a new chairman Mr. Horace Abrahams was selected. Major clean-up
of the entire cemetery took place and efforts are being made to
maintain the area in an acceptable state. A major challenge is
to source funds to undertake repairs to the road ways and path
ways, identification of .graves and maintaining up-to-date records.
Plumbing issues were dealt with and water tanks obtained and installed
so as to alleviate problems with water lock offs. Funds are to
be sourced to deal with sections of the roof in need of repairs.
Submitted by the Property and Building Committee.
Youth Committee Report (Summary) for 2006
The Youth Committee comprises of a chairperson and representatives
from the following youth groups/organizations within the church:
- Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF)
- Sunday School
- Youth Choir
- Servers Guild
- Young Adults
- St. Clements youth group
- Little Brothers of St Andrews.
The Youth Committee functioned as a guide that supported the work
of the various youth organizations within the church. We also
provided, where we could, resources in the form of persons and/or
physical means to those groups needing assistance in carrying
out their ministry. The committee also worked directly with the
Education and Youth Department in informing and finding support
for the groups to take part in Diocesan events. Although a budget
was sent to the finance committee, most activities were primarily
funded by parents, support groups and contributions from organizations
within the church family.
Achievements for the 2006:
- Helped in organizing/planning the confirmation Youth Retreat
- Youth session - The Authenticity of the Bible (AYF) - Dr.
David Kuck in April
- Assisted those youths who went on the Atlanta Adventure in
- Sourced funds for Atlanta Adventure T-shirts (Friends of the
- Sourced funds to send three youths to the Diocesan summer
camps (Brotherhood of St. Andrew).
- Supported the Diocesan Creative Arts Workshop in August (Youth
- Facilitate Young Adults to the Christian Teaching Conference
- Youth week and Regional Rally November 12th - 18th
Despite the challenges faced in 2006, we give God thanks for the
year and look forward to bigger and better things in 2007! Thanks
Extracted from report submitted by Dr.Nigel Elliott Chairman
Fund Raising Planning Sub-Committee
A fundraising committee was established to examine the immediate,
medium and long-term needs of the church and the organizations
(i.e. for operating expenses, maintenance and capital works) and
to submit feedback and recommendations to the Church Committee
of initiatives to be taken to close any financial gaps that might
exist. The recommendation to also provide specific feed back and
recommendations regarding the revitalization of the existing Endowment
Fund vis-à-vis the starting up of a new Endowment Fund.
The members of the committee consist of:
- Douglas Folkes (Chairman)
- Andrea Chin-See (Co-ordinator)
- Vin Lawrence
- George Briggs
- Neville Baker
- Kathy Marrett
- Mildred Hutchinson (Recording Secretary)
The committee met and agreed (a) to prepare a short concept paper
outlining the steps that will be necessary to address the problem,
which would be submitted to the church committee and once endorsed
to be used as a guide for implementing the action plan;
(b) a Steering Committee to be established to fully develop the
action plan necessary to realize the various financial targets
that are to be set using the approach recommended.
A draft proposal was prepared and submitted to the church committee
for review and comments. It is expected that in 2007 the church
committee will address the matter and advise the fund raising
committee of the next steps.
Human Resource (H.R.) Committee
During the year a Human Resource Committee was established to provide
support to the Church Committee by reviewing, developing and monitoring
human resource strategic policies and optimization of the church's
human capital. The responsibilities include reviewing and monitoring
the HR capacity of the staff; develop the HR. Strategic Plan and
submit the Plan to the church committee for approval; monitor
and review the implementation of the HR Strategic plan; provide
leadership, advice and direction on HR policies to the Rector,
to review HR policies ensuring compliance with applicable laws
and regulations and to formulate HR policies relating to but not
limited to the following areas: (i) recruitment, selection and
dismissal; (ii) compensation and related benefits including vacation;
(iii) performance appraisal system(iv) training and development
and (v) disciplinary policy.
The membership comprises the following: Mr. Ward Mills (Chairman);
Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson; Mr. Al Casserly, Mr. George Briggs
and Mr. Clifton Forbes. The committee met and reviewed job descriptions
which had been prepared for three positions; discussed the action
items to be included in the Strategic Plan , personal file audit,
action time table for activities among other areas.
A Plan of Action is being prepared for submission to the Church
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Ecclesiastical Report - Year 2006
Membership - 2,650
Members on electoral roll - 1,000
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 documents to a number of these
Baptisms Adults - 6, Children - 16
Confirmed Adults - 7, Juniors - 17
Sunday School Registered - 175
Average attendance - 95
Communion to the Sick - 275
Shut-in members about 150
Marriages - 3
Burials - Cemetery - 38
Columbarium - 18
Tuesday Charity (registered) - 82
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St. Andrew Parish Church - Calendar 2007
||February 22 - March 29
||February 23 - 24
||March 2- 4
||St. Andrew Settlement
||April 10 - 13
||April 18 - July 11
(to be confirmed)
||Diocesan Children Sunday
||SAPC Home for Girls
||May 25 - 27
||St. Andrew Deanery Day
||To be advised
||Adult Confirmation Classes begin
||Junior Confirmation Classes begin
||St. Andrew Care Centre
||Annual Parish Retreat
||November 2- 3
||St. Andrew's Day
||November 29 to December 20
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|Moreton Park Cottages
||Mrs. Karlene Gordon
|SAPC Home for Girls
||Miss Sonya Hamilton
|St. Andrew Care Centre
||Mr. Alvaro Casserly
|St. Andrew Settlement
||Mr. Rex James
||Mrs. Sybil Thompson
|Christian Education Committee
||Mr. George Briggs
||Mr. Mike Fennell
|Property and Building
||Dr. Vincent Lawrence
||Mr. Frank Williams
||Dr. Nigel Elliott
|Alpha (11 weeks)
||2 weeks after Easter
|Friends of the Sunday School
|Grief Support Group
||SA Care Centre
||Weekly (except August)
|Womens' Working Committee
||1st and 3rd Fridays
||2 - 4 p.m.
|Anglican Youth Fellowship
"This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God."