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St. Andrew Parishioner
Vol. 14 Nos. 1- 2, January - March 2005
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St. Andrew Settlement, Majesty Gardens
The St. Andrew Settlement continues to provide social services to the community of Majesty Gardens and surrounding areas. The presence of the Settlement in the community helps to alleviate the escalation of violence and unrest. According to police reports this was the most peaceful inner-city community in South St. Andrew. In spite of the many challenges and the low budget the Settlement was able to maintain services during the past year.
Health - Work at the clinic continues but there is still the need of a scale to weigh babies. Medications from the Government supplier were reduced drastically since April and supplies are almost depleted. Attempts are still being made to have the Dental Clinic operational. The Management is grateful to the medical team which continues to volunteer regular services.
Basic School - The Basic School re-opened on September 6th in the new building and was blessed in early 2005.
Mission House - With the Basic School relocated, the Mission House is being renovated for the sole purpose of worship. In addition to Church and Sunday School, weekly bible studies are conducted by Rev. Robert McLean.
Education - The education programme continues to receive sponsorship and assistance from Capital and Credit Merchant Bank and Grace Kennedy and Staff Foundation.
Finance - The Easter bun sale project made a profit of approximately $500,000 in 2004. The Settlement is still in need of funds to offset daily operational costs as sponsorship is becoming more difficult to find. The Settlement benefited immensely from the programme set up by the Church designating March as St. Andrew Settlement Month. The budget for 2005 is Five Million Dollars.
Senior Citizens Programme - The Senior Citizens programme continues and participants received certificates for Art and Craft and Culinary Submissions. The group numbers about sixty-three persons with approximately 25% being shut-ins. Rev. Robert McLean conducts weekly bible classes and sing along sessions with the group and this has enhanced the programme.
Majesty Gardens - During the year, the Community Based Organisation was able to access funding from the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica in the sum of four million dollars ($4,000,000), for sanitation and environmental projects. Green Fund and CIDA funded other community projects. The work and presence of the CBO, with support from the Settlement, is making a positive difference to the community.
Other news and notes
Services for Holy Week 2005
Theme - Reclaiming our Mission: to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ
Floral and Choral Festival April 16-18, 2005
Choral Festival - this will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. in the Church. The Festival will bring together several Choirs including both Senior and Youth Choirs of the St. Andrew Parish Church. It will take the form of a celebration of the musical history of this Church and will make mention of those who have contributed to the development of our musical heritage over the years. This will include Samuel Felsted, Vincent James, Douglas Forrest, inter alia, and long serving members of our current choirs, organists and musicians. A contribution of $500 per person will be requested. You are invited to publicize and attend this event.
Floral Festival - Concurrent with the preparations for the Choral event are those for the flower festival. Several Churches as well as our own Altar Guild will be mounting displays throughout the Church which will reflect the overall theme for the 340th Commemoration and detail a selection of verses from Psalm 85. This special effort will be open for viewing from the afternoon of Saturday, April 16 through Monday, April 18. There will be an Official Opening on the afternoon of Saturday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. and a contribution of $300 per person is requested. The extension into the working week is to ensure wide participation by those working in and around the Corporate area. Again, members are asked to publicize the event so as to have maximum attendance by visitors to enjoy the displays.
Banquet - The 340th Commemoration Banquet will take place on Friday, June 10, 2005 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in new Kingston. This is a major fundraising effort for this Church and tickets will be available at $5000 per person. The special guest will be the Rt. Rev Riah Abu el-Assal Bishop of Jerusalem.
Past and present - Our musical heritage
The records show that this church has had a series of committed organists and choirmasters over the years. The Senior Choir specializes in traditional music and utilizes the musical excellence of the old masters - Bach, Mozart and Handel among others, for liturgical expression. Traditional expression of canticles and hymns is their forte. The Youth Choir focuses on expression of contemporary music using popular and modern rhythms, instruments and music from local sources, from the wider Caribbean and wherever current forms of musical expression can be found. For example, use of Taize chants provide haunting melodies and simple but touching poetic lines. This Church is fortunate and blessed to have this range in musical styles, each with their own character to enhance worship and prayer.Back to Top
Donors are needed. If you are able and willing please call the
Church Office. The list of current donors within this congregation
is small and no one can give more than once in three months. The
generosity and commitment of those of our members who have given
for other members, especially in recent months, is deeply appreciated.
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Church Committee - 2005
Lay Representatives to Synod
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Church Calendar - 2005
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