Welcome to St. Agnes Anglican Church, Grants Town
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Meet the Rector, Father Keith N. Cartwright
The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Nathaniel Cartwright was born in Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas on Maundy Thursday 3rd April, 1958 to Catechist Raphael and Chlorine Cartwright. Archdeacon Cartwright is the eldest of the Cartwright’s three children. Archdeacon Cartwright was baptized and confirmed at St. Agnes Anglican Church. The Archdeacon recounts that he began serving around St. Agnes’ altar at the age of 6. Cartwright’s formal education began at St. John’s Preparatory School from 1964-1969, later matriculating to St. John’s College in 1969 where he graduated in 1976. While at St. John’s, Cartwright served as the school’s Head Boy.
Gospel : Matthew 18:1-6
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom He put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea.
COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. AGNES
Almighty and Everlasting God, who does choose the weak things of the world to confound those things that are strong, mercifully grant that we who keep the Feast of Blessed Agnes, your Virgin and Martyr, may feel the succour of her intercessions in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
COLLECT FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
St. Agnes Virtual Sunday School
Will be held this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Parents, please encourage your children to join our Zoom sessions. For any information needed to gain access, please contact the Sunday School Superintendent Ms. Desiree Stuart.
Readers for Respective Masses Needed
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
If you are interested in reading at either mass, please place you name and number on the sign up sheet located at the southern Church door or contact the Church Office at 325-2640 at your earliest convenience.
St. Agnes Patronal Festival Solemn Evensong,
Indoor Procession and Benediction
This evening we are all expected to be out at 5:00 p.m. for our Special St. Agnes Patronal Festival Solemn Evensong, Indoor Procession and Benediction. Our Guest Preacher this evening will be Fr. Denrick Rolle, Rector of St. Agnes Church in Miami, Florida, USA.
Let us all make plans to be present.
Fresh Flowers For St. Agnes’ Sanctuary
Persons celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasion in their lives are encouraged to mark these events by making a donation towards the purchase of flowers to beautify the sanctuary, as we continue to make our worship experience meaningful and unique. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged. For more information, please contact the Church Office.
To all persons who have assisted, planned and worked to make sure everything was just right to make St. Agnes Patronal Festival so special, especially our Office Staff, our other staff, the Altar Guild and the Special Events Committee.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Offering Envelopes for Adults & Children
For 2022 are now available for collection at the back of the Church. Please collect yours today! All persons 18yrs old and over and working are asked to visit or call the Church Office (325-2640) to establish a membership profile and be assigned offering envelopes.
THE 2022 ENVELOPES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SUNDAY, 2nd JANUARY 2022. Everyone is encouraged to stay current with his/her envelopes. Thank you to everyone who has given to the Mission and Ministry of the Church over the past year.
Church Tithes For 2021
Persons are encouraged to bring their envelopes up to date. Let’s close out the year with a good spirit.
THE REWARD OF TITHING
Tithing is as meaningful to you as it is to those who benefit from your contribution. Tithing brings:
Tithing is a concrete way to acknowledge God’s presence into our lives. Serving is response to God’s grace and generosity, brings a happiness that can not be achieved through more self centered activities.
Tithing is a way of sharing concern for others throughout the world. As we become sensitive to others’ needs, we grow closer to Christ. It is an important way to express your gratitude to God for the gifts and blessings you have received. To renew your faith and grow closer to Christ. To help your Church remain strong and fulfill its mission. Give with a loving and generous heart.
God will reward you with joy and fulfillment. The measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)
St. Agnes Virtual Sunday School
Is officially closed for the Christmas Holidays. Sunday School will resume on the 9th January, 2022.
St. Agnes Patronal Festival 2022
Will take place on Sunday, 23rd January, 2022 with services at 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Pontifical Concelebrated High Masses. There will be Solemn Evensong, Sermon, Indoor Procession, and Benediction at 5:00 p.m. We ask all members to make plans to attend. All protocols are being observed.
St. Agnes 177th Anniversary Gift Day
Each member, who still has an income, is asked to make a special sacrificial gift to the Church in Thanksgiving to God for sparing our lives to see yet another St. Agnes Day. We are celebrating 177 years this year and we ask each member, (those who are able,) to give this special gift according to the number of years our Church has been in existence. These funds will go towards replacing the roofs of the Church and Parish Hall. Our target is 500,000.00. Please share whatever you can this year. Let us all do something to help. 177th Anniversary Gift Envelopes.
St. Agnes of Rome was born in 291 AD and raised in a Christian family. Agnes was very beautiful and belonged to a wealthy family. Her hand in marriage was highly sought after, and she had many high ranking men chasing after her. However, Agnes made a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was great and she hated sin even more than death!
Whenever a man wished to marry Agnes, she would always say, “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.”According to legend, the young men she turned away became so angry and insulted by her devotion to God and purity that they began to submit her name to authorities as a Christian follower.
In one incident, Procop, the Governor’s son, became very angry when she refused him. He tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, “I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe. He is more splendid than the sun and the stars, and He has said He will never leave me!”
In great anger, Procop accused her of being a Christian and brought her to his father, the Governor. The Governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2022
Holy Days this Week
The Conversion of St. Paul
Patronal Festival of St. Paul’s Churches in
Clarence Town – Long Island, The Bluff – North Eleuthera,
Calabash Bay – Andros, Roker’s Point – Cat Island.
St. Timothy and St. Titus.
St. John Chrysostom
Bishop and Teacher of the Faith 407 AD.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Teacher of the Faith 1274 AD.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Members are encouraged to continue to pray for Christian Unity during the week that ends this Tuesday, 25th January, 2022 (Feast of the Conversation of St. Paul). Please remember the work of the Bahamas Christian Council, the Caribbean Council of Churches, and The World Council of Churches.
A suggested prayer is as follows:
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before His passion prayed for His disciples that they might be one, as you and He are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in One Body by the One Spirit, that the world may believe in Him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
St. Agnes Bible Study
Bible Study will resume via Zoom on 17th November 2021 at 6:00 p.m. sharp!
Meeting ID: 854 1074 8215
For more information please contact Camille King or St. Agnes Bible Study WhatsApp Group chat.
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
For February 2022 – April 2022 is now available. Please contact the Church Office for a copy.
Ushers for Patronal Festival at 5:00 p.m.
Patricia Mitchell, Ivamae Simmons, Christine Ingraham,
Arthur Duncombe, Herbert Stuart.
Ushers for Next Sunday, 30th January, 2022
Mass 7:00 a.m.
Patricia Mitchell, Christine Ingraham,
Addington Godet, Rudolph King.
Eleanor Conliffe, Margaret Dillet
St. Agnes Usher Board Meeting
Will be held on Thursday, 27th January 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the Church. All members are asked to be in attendance. Any member interested in joining this ministry, you are asked to be in attendance.
All safety protocols are to be followed.
Reports of Ministries & Organizations
All Ministries are asked to submit their annual reports by email to Kimberly Higgs-Archer at the Church Office no later than 31st January, 2022.
Any reports received after the due date will not be placed in the AGM report.
St. Agnes Youth Ministry Meetings
Has resumed on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the Church. All members are asked to attend.
All safety protocols are to be followed.
St. Agnes Parish Upcoming News & Events
16th: Shandles Barry, John Blyden, Elfreda Burrows Jasmine Frazer, James Frazer Jr., Shonalle Johnson Travis Mackey, Andrew Sawyer
Tony Carey, Constance Hanna-Gibson,
Sylvia Kemp, Denise Lightbourn, Elsworth McKenzie Capt. Joseph Moxey, Adam Musgrove
Christopher Pratt Jr.
18th: Taaz Carey, Claire Claridge, Dr. Perry Gomez, Altamese Isaacs, Puzhan Johnson, Godfrey Simms, Amber Smith
19th: Ulanda Balfour, Nicola Ferguson, Jalen Moncur, Javon Rahming, Kenyonne Russell, Michaela Strachan, Zandra Strachan, Theodore Sweeting
20th: Kyle Munroe
21st: Andrew Albury, Esther Gibson-Blair
Vincent Culmer, Laverna D. Fowler, Theo Knowles
22nd: R’Nir Bain, Karen Culmer, Leo Ferguson,
23rd: Trevor Cargill Sr., Christine Dorsett, Remilda Sweeting, Tyler Sweeting
24th: Cheryl Archer,Aysia Cartwright
Daniel Strachan III
Archbishop Drexel and Caroll Gomez
25th: Angelo Bannister, Francis Bowe, Allison Dean Shieko Hoyte II, Omar Sands, Shavonne Smith
26th: Niam Bourne, Antonique Johnson
27th: Lowell Fernander, Andrew Flowers, Hessica Ingraham,
Kingsley Pickering, Sidney Romer, Christopher Strachan, Stanley Whyms
28th: Christian Albury, Veronica Gomez, Philip Moxey,
Philip Stubbs Jr.
29th: Michael Brown, Yelice Bowe, Winnifred Brennen
Vanessa McKenzie, Anton Moncur, Roger Simmons
CPWI Hymnal, The Book of Common Prayer, NRSV Bibles are available for purchase at the Church Office at a cost of $25 each.
IT IS NOW EASTERN STANDARD TIME
19th: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bartlett (41yrs)
22nd: Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Wilson (11yrs)
St. Agnes Covid Protocols for Church Services
All persons must wear facial masks.
All persons must enter the Church through the Main Entrance Door ONLY.
All persons must have their temperature checked. (Abnormal temperature individuals will be respectfully asked to withdraw).
All persons on entering the Church must PRINT their names, and give their telephone contacts in registering for each service.
All persons MUST SANITIZE THEIR HANDS.
All persons should collect their Sunday Bulletin at THE DOOR.
All persons will be escorted FROM THE DOOR to their seats. Front filled first. ( Please cooperate).
NO PHYSCIAL CONTACT IS ALLOWED (No hand shaking or hugging etc.).
When going up for Communion please do so six feet apart.
If you are able to do so, you may place your collection, your envelope, your tithes in the Collection Box by the Chancel Gate.
When taking Communion hold your open hand out to receive the Body of Christ. (Communion will be given in one kind at the present time).
You may leave the Church after the service through any exit door.
Please take your bulletin home with you.
Please sanitize your hands as you leave the Church.
Please NO gathering after Church services.
Please cooperate with these protocols.