We remind members of this family that donations for flowers are welcome at all times when our lectionary permits them on the altars.  We are permitted to do so from now until Ash Wednesday, February 17th. Anyone wishing to contribute towards this end is most welcome to do so and should make the same known to Canon Walkine or Sharon well in advance of the Sunday you wish to be acknowledged for.  Your gifts can be in thanksgiving for a blessing received (birthday, anniversary etc.) or it can be given in loving memory and in sure and hope of the resurrection of a loved one. 

The Bulletin this week is sponsored by Canon & Mrs. Walkine in thanksgiving for the birthdays of Melvin Miller (Jan 11th) Jennette Miller (Jan 16th) for the 37th anniversary of ordination to the Priesthood of Canon Walkine tomorrow being the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. 

Bible Study led by the Rector, continues this Tuesday, in the Conference Room. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of St. Luke.

Confirmation Classes for our children 11 years and older continue this Thursday and every Thursday until the Bishop makes his official visit to the parish on Wednesday, May 12th to administer the sacrament of Confirmation.  Classes are from 6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.  Adults desiring Confirmation are asked to speak with Fr. Burton.

Ushers on Duty Next Sunday are:

7:15 a.m.
Sheryl Algreen, Leslie Curtis,  Levi Wilmott, Wesley Campbell, Kenya Mycklewhyte, Arch-Cheria Strachan

10:30 a.m.
Lynette Deveaux, Jeanelle Thompson, Laverne Cooper, Brian Finley, Shavanna Vanderpool, Keiarra Strachan, Aaliyah Wells, Jan Archer, Shaza Strachan

All Vestry Members and Officers of All Parochial Organizations are asked to note that the Installation of Officers of the church will take place next Sunday morning during the 10:30 am Mass. All persons are asked to make the effort to attend.

Please note that the Girls Brigade of the parish will continue virtually this coming Friday at 5:00 pm.  All interested girls are asked to participate. You may contact the Capitan Kervinique Ferguson at kervinique.ferguson@gmail.com for more information.

The Anglican Schools Grade 7 entrance examinations will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturday, 6th February 2021. Applications may be collected from any Anglican School but must be returned to the school the candidate wishes to attend. The application deadline is Wednesday February 3rd 2021.

Church School Go Green Project 

Just as the seed grows so can your faith.

Next Sunday January 31st at both the 7:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. masses  – soil, mini pots and seeds will be given to our Children.  On February 6th via Zoom at 1:00 pm they will be planting their seeds.  As they watch and care for their seeds they will be instructed in the Christian Faith and also be informed of the importance generally of “Going Green”

Zoom I.D 717 362 1006   – Passcode 1 YYuiB

For more information contact  Patrice Fawkes at 428 -4489

As we continue our journey toward returning to the normalcy of worship please note that the service of Evensong, will begin on Sunday, February 14 – 7:00 pm. Members are asked to avail themselves of this opportunity for worship.  

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 it 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.   (Fine Print – since this is the year of rounding up – round it off to $220.00.

It has been suggested that whatever money is raised that we use it to begin “going green”  – that is to begin the process of installing solar systems on our Office and Parish Hall. (More about this in the coming weeks)

There will be those among us who will not be able to give the amount that we have invited you to give this year, nor will everyone be able to give all of the required amount at one time …. As always we say give what you can, when you can, until you have completed all you can.  

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, Trae Carey, 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, Alyssa & 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, Clarese Bodie, Colin Bowe, Thelma Brice (393-3917) Winifred Butler, 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, Maurice Isaacs, 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, Joan Pyfrom (327-3869) 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, Carol Gomez (wife of Archbishop Gomez), Roger Johnson (brother in law of Rector) Patsy Knowles (sister of Sandra Knowles) Frankiemae Thompson, Warren ‘Doc’ Thompson (brother of Kirk 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.