GRACEHILL MORAVIAN CHURCH CELEBRATES A PHENOMINAL MILESTONEWednesday 12th June 2013
As the Gracehill Moravian Church celebrates 240 years of existence, it took time to recognise six (6) lay members of the congregation at an Anniversary Awards Banquet held on Saturday, June 8th at the Grand Antiguan Resort.
All six awardees were recognised and applauded for having demonstrated a commitment to the church and its work, and for giving visible witness and service for many years.
Awardees, left to right: J. Francis, S. Phillip, C. Ralph (wheel-chaired),T. Barnes, G.Richards-Gilead and L. Adams flanked by Pastor Adrian Smith (l) and D. Limerick, Board of Stewards Chairperson (r)
Plaques were presented to the awardees, each being cited for their contribution made to the church through their engagement in several facets of the church’s life:
Linroy E. Adams for Music Ministry and Treasurer
Theodore Barnes for Nehemiah’s Ministry and General Service
Janet O. Francis for Leadership
Generis Richards for Sunday School and General Service
Stecie “Tessie” Phillip for Women’s Fellowship
Charles Ralph for Outstanding Service
At the Banquet, Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Conrad Spencer who hails from the village of Liberta addressed the gathering on the topic “Service and Commitment”. Highlighting how faith manifests itself in godly works, Rev. Spencer shared that service and commitment lead to incredible achievement. Such achievement of the Gracehill Moravian Church has made it a leader for change over its 240 years of existence with God’s mercy, grace and guidance. It was noted that the moment of celebrating fellow church members for their valued contribution, also provided an opportunity for reflection on the past and present and provided encouragement for the future. Rev. Spencer’s encouragement came in the form of a challenge to the adults to nurture the youth through modelling, mentoring, monitoring, motivating and multiplying Christ-like service to God and others.
Encouragement for the future also came from Rev. Dr. Cicely Athill-Horsford, a Libertan and the First Female Minister of the Moravian Church, Province of the Eastern Caribbean. In the delivery of her sermon at the 240th Anniversary Service on Sunday, June 9, she connected the anniversary theme to the text, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ“ (Philippians 1:6). The Reverend encouraged the church members to Rejoice in the Lord, Renew their Faith and Build on the Foundation, with Christ as the cornerstone.
The Commemorative 240th Anniversary Magazine to be soon published will feature the history of the church, congratulatory messages, special articles and photographs. The month-long celebrations will culminate with a time for Family, Fun, Food and Fellowship on Sunday June 30th at the Pigeon Point Beach, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Located in Liberta Village, St. Paul’s Parish, the Gracehill Moravian Church opened its doors in the year 1773. The church continues to make an indelible mark on the spiritual, educational and social lives of not only its members and the people of Liberta Village, but also those of the surrounding villages and the Antigua & Barbuda society as a whole. While the church continues to celebrate this phenomenal milestone – 240 years, it is also looking forward to 2014 when it celebrates 50 years at its current location and 100 years since the church partnered with the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to provide primary school education for the children of Liberta Village and surrounding environs at Old Gracehill.
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