Easter Flowers have been given to the greater glory of God by Bridget Ward & family in loving memory and in sure and certain hope of the resurrection of Charles & Fymicia Sands (parents), Preston (brother).

The Bulletins today are the gift of The Rector & family in loving memory and in sure and certain hope of the resurrection of Isabelle Walkine (mother) who would have celebrated a birthday this week.

Let’s develop a culture

Thanks to all those who are responding so positively to our appeal for donations to beautify our Altars. The Altars of our church should always be adorned with flowers except when it is not permitted by our Lectionary.  Flowers on our altars not only beautify our worship space but they remind us of the garden of our Lord’s resurrection.  To this end as we go through the season of Easter in our Liturgical year we are encouraging all persons who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries or special events in their lives at this time to make it their Christian duty to donate flowers for our Altars.  Remember that your gift also goes to bring cheer to the members of our family who cannot be with us at the celebration of the Eucharist due to illness. 

If you are not a flower person then you can contribute towards the printing of our bulletins. These too are distributed to our sick and shut-ins as well as many others each week.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Bible Study will resume this coming Tuesday April 13th and will continue every Tuesday 6:00 pm –  7:00 pm (church) as we continue our journey through the Gospel of St. Luke.  Bible Study is an exciting and provocative adventure. A special invitation is extended to all members of the parish especially those involved in ministry to make Bible Study one of their disciplines this year.  The study is led by Canon Walkine and covers the Bible, Current Events and Beliefs that shape our Anglican Faith. 

Confirmation classes will resume this coming Thursday, April 15th at the usual time.

Remember in your prayers the following persons to be confirmed by the Bishop on Wednesday, May 12th.
Anton & Avery Bain Jr, Ashton Brennen, Syndey Butler, Gene Curtis, Alexandria Flowers, Anastacia Hepburn, Jovan Newbold, Leila O’ Brien, Journia Reckley, Sierra & Santoine  Sawyer, Lateisha Smith, Darren Woodside

Members of the parish are asked to support the ACW and the ACM by their prayers and where possible by their attendance at their anniversary service this coming Friday at 7:00 p.m.  The service will take the form of Solemn Evensong, Sermon and Benediction.

A word of thanks for all the kind expressions of love bestowed upon the Clergy this blessed Easter.  Your prayers and kind deeds continue to rejuvenate and motivate us to further and better ministry to you as God’s  people in this part of his vineyard.  May the risen Lord continue to bless you and may you and yours continue to have a blessed and happy Easter.

We were challenged each Sunday in Lent to get to know the name of at least one (1) person that we did not know so that by last Sunday which was Easter we would have gotten to know at least six (6) names of our family members.  How many can you remember ??? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

Please do not take it for granted that because you are present each Sunday and most times sit in the same pew each Sunday (even during da covie) and smile “wid each udder” every Sunday mean “I is kno ya name” Do not be ashamed to introduce yourself to a family member.

We continue to make our prayerful appeal for members to update their membership information if they have not done so as yet. Registration is our only means of certifying parish membership. All parishioners are therefore urged to register. We prefer you using the website www.stmatthewsbah.org / Membership) 

We are still awaiting pictures from many of you who have submitted your information.  Please speak with Vonise Bethel or the Rector to arrange to have your pictures taken after the mass. 

Ushers on Duty Next Sunday are:

7:15 a.m.
Sheryl Algreen, Lesley Curtis, Claudina Cooper, Kasia Rolle, Kailynn Rolle, Kevin Rolle, Shadia Farrington, Niah Sands, Jasmin Rolle, Joivon Mycklewhyte

10:30 a.m.
Carlyne Mckenzie, Laverne Cooper, Candice McPhee, Chema Davis Marsha Smith, Patricia Pinder, Jessica Christophe, Tameka Dean

Our annual Seniors Appreciation day will be held on Sunday June 13th. All students who will be   graduating from High School or a Tertiary level institution this year and those who will be entering grade 12 in September of this year are asked to give their names via email (faddacros@gmail.com) to Canon Walkine by next Sunday, April 18thFailure to do so will mean being excluded from the weekend activities.

Just a gentle reminder
Members of the parish are reminded and encouraged to regularly and consistently make use of their TITHING/STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES.  Our financial obligations to our parish and to the Diocese must be kept current. Please know that the commitment and support of the church by all members who are making their contributions is greatly appreciated.

We encourage all members to make it their aim to contribute an offering of at least 10% as an expression of gratitude to God for the work of His Church.  Ten percent means that out of every one hundred dollars that we earn, we should return a gift of ten dollars to God. 

GIFT DAY 2021

 Sunday, July 18th 2021 is the Sunday of our Feast of Dedication. It will also be our Annual (PIMM) Gift Day.  

 This year as we did last year because of the economic situation of our country we are inviting members who are first able and second willing to give a thank-offering for his or her ministry here at this church. 

As we will be celebrating 219 years of being dedicated to the honor and glory of God, each member is once again being invited to give $1.00 for each year – that’s $219.00 as their thank offering.  

There may be those among us who may want to give their thank-offering in different multiples such as $5, $10, $20 etc. You are most welcome to do so.

Of course there will also be those of us who cannot give the requested amount, at any time, no matter how much we would like too. ….. Please do not feel that you cannot be a part of the giving at Gift Day. 

Remember to give whatever you can give.  The important thing in my opinion, is that every member participate by giving a special Thank Offering for Gift Day this year.

                                                                                                 Remember In Your Prayers

The unemployed of our church
The homeless in our land
The disabled members of our church
Those who have requested our prayers
The lapsed & indifferent members of our church
The incarcerated of our church
Members who are studying abroad:
Shanee Armbrister, Felicia Bein-Aime, Shaquille Burrows, Christina Campbell, Fia & Frantz Campbell, Destiny Coburn, Dominique Cooper, Alexandria Curry, Inga Darville, Chloee Deveaux, Thomas Jr & Thomea Evans, Owyn Ferguson, Tenajh Gaitor, Tonia Heastie, Gerrard Hepburn, Kristen Johnson, Aaron Jordan, Jaida Knowles, Tatyanna Maynard, Aliah & Tevin Pinder, Chelsea Rolle, Tyler Rutherford, Janice Seymour, Brandon Treco, Maleah Williams, Gabrielle Wilson
Members of the parish who protect our country
Members in the US Armed Forces – Raquel Smith
To pray for seasonal weather
The Bishops and Clergy of our Diocese
Our Companion Parish of St. Peter’s Long Island
The Ordinands of our Diocese
Howard Bethel, John Pinder, Rondeno Rolle, Cameron Saunders 

We pray for God’s grace and mercy on the sick and confined; those known and unknown to us, especially those of our parish family. It is our Christian duty to pray for and visit with our sick and confined. To this end, we encourage members of the parish to visit them whenever possible. If you cannot do so in body then we encourage you to do so by way of the telephone.

Of our parish family:
Anthony Allens, Torry Armstrong, Gio Bain, Horatio Bannister, Bodie, Colin Bowe, Thelma Brice (393-3917) Derek Cambridge Jr., Michelle Campbell, Mable Carey (601-7955), Enid Carroll (324-1342) Antoinette Cartwright, Blanche & Melbourne Cartwright (324-2683), Locksley Cartwright, John Cates (325-0592) Salome Charles, Emerald Cooper (393-0220), Ida Culmer (325-7652), Anthony Dean (393-0792), Royann Duhard, Ferline Fernander (361-3893) Edith “Valley Girl” Finley (601-7974), Sir Cyril & Alicia Lady Fountain (393-6493) Joy Francis (698-4988) Sandra Francis, Hon. A D Hanna, Allison Heastie, Brenda Heastie, Floyd Kemp (324-0406) Angela Knowles (325-8941) Philip Knowles (364-3554) Violet Knowles, Gabby Lord (809-3048)  Lorenzo Major (393-7859), Helen Martinborough (324-5158) Earnest Mckenzie (323-3286) Joan Mitchell, John Mycklewhyte (393-2035) Cheryl Nicholls, Freddie Nottage Jr., Sloan Nottage (676-9791) Kim Pinder, Tyrone Pyfrom, John Rahming (393-0560), Anthony Roberts, Anthony Rutherford (364-0278)  Alice Symonette – Sands (394-6438) Bernadette Scott, Doris Smith, Edmund & Gloria Strachan (327-1315) Mildred Taylor (394-5373) Lewis White, Peter Whitfield, Ethan Williams (son of Andrea Moxey)

Of the wider community:
Judy Alleyne, Beverly Finley, Franklyn Francis (brother of Andrea Francis), Carol Gomez (wife of Archbishop Gomez), Roger Johnson (brother in law of Rector) Patsy Knowles (sister of Sandra Knowles) Frankiemae Thompson,  Geraldine Turnquest, Michael Wells (son of Shirley Francis). 

Let us Pray:  All powerful and ever-living God, the lasting health of all who believe in you, hear us as we ask your loving help for the sick of our parish family; restore their health, that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

We are happy to list in the bulletin the names of persons from the wider community who request our prayers. However, many people forget to let us know when to take a name off the list and, as a result, our list becomes a bit huge and we believe outdated.

Please note the following changes! We will list names for prayer requests from the wider community for TWO months. After the last Sunday of the two month period the names on the list will be taken off and a new prayer request list will be published.  If someone wishes to have a name remembered again, the name must be re-submitted to the office/Rector. This will assure that we keep an up-to-date list.

When entering the hospital or if you are sick at home for any length of time, please let your Clergy know.  Remember it is your responsibility to notify your parish Priests on such occasions.  You can only be ministered to, when and if it is known that you are not well.  The Clergy should also be notified when you are leaving the hospital.  Thanks for your kind co-operation.

COMMUNION TO THE SICK!  The Clergy wishes to make the Sacrament available to those who because of sickness or infirmity are unable to attend public celebrations of the Eucharist.  If you are sick and/or confined (or if you know someone who is) and wish to receive Holy Communion at home, Please inform the Clergy as soon as possible

Always remember to pray for the repose of the souls of the Faithful Departed. Pray for those who have died recently, those whose  anniversaries of burial occur this week, for those buried in our church’s yard, and for those who for whatever reason have no one to remember them with love in prayer.

The parish extends condolences and assurance of our prayers to all who are grieving the loss of loved ones and those whose memories are called to mind at this time.

A Will is your final statement of your Christian stewardship. When planning your bequests and memorials, prayerfully consider including our parish community of St. Matthew’s.