It was a family affair at the Prime Minister’s residence yesterday as hundreds gathered for the annual hosting of ‘An afternoon at Ilaro Court’.
The event, organised by the James Street Methodist Church Circuit, was attended by church members as well as non-church goers.
Members of the Christ Church Parish Church led the audience in a line dance routine, three stepping to the rhythmic sounds of Gospel, while stalwart gospel artiste Sister Magrita Marshall entertained the crowd with several renditions including ‘Jesus is all I have’.
The grounds were filled with stalls displaying items such as books, clothing, food and agriculture products, but the game matrix bus and the children’s zone proved to be most popular.
Facilitator Rev Ezra Barker noted that the event was not only to raise funds for charity but also an opportunity to socialise.
“It’s a social get together, an evening for Methodists and friends, friends from all over Barbados so it is not only to raise funds but it is to bring people together in an informal atmosphere,” Rev Barker said.
The proceeds from the fair will go towards the three charities supported by the church – the Barbados Special Olympics, Albert Graham Development Centre and the Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre.
“We support not only our own members who are in need, but we support any community who we think is desirous of help, anybody who needs help,” Rev Barker stated.
Sherry Sealy of the Ann Gill Methodist Church volunteered at the book booth for the first time year, and told Barbados TODAY she thoroughly enjoyed the event.
“It’s very exciting, it’s a great opportunity to bring out the family and have some fun, get some books, plants, food, drinks.
“I see a lot of persons here who are not Methodist, and most people that don’t go to church, I think it [is] a great opportunity as I say for families . . . it is very community oriented.”
Winner of the 2015 Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition Cherece Richards, who also performed at yesterday’s event, said the turnout was better than last year.
“People are really enjoying the performances. I like that they are enjoying the performances because they sang along with me when I asked them – it was a nice connection with the audience,” the 16-year-old Frederick Smith student said. (KK)