The Ann Gill Memorial Methodist Church, Fairfield, St Michael is celebrating 125 years as a church congregation.
The Church, named after the sole Barbadian female heroine, Sarah Ann Gill, who was a local pioneer for the Methodist Church in Barbados, was previously the Gill Memorial Church, located at Eagle Hall, St Michael. It was given its present name on August 26, 1990.
A service of thanksgiving was held on Sunday October 28, under the theme: 125 years: Celebrating the Church of Christ, Embracing Our Future in Christ.
The tone was set from the beginning as a lively procession of members displaying banners representing the various groups and arms of the church at work entered the sanctuary to the music of Every Praise.
Sis Marcelle Phillips recounted precious nuggets of the Legacy of the church.
She shared that in January 1932, Gill Memorial had 133 members and was the third largest after James Street and Paynes Bay, and that Gill Memorial’s Harvest was held on the second Sunday in February every year, and attendance for this was full house and overflowing.
The service included, among many things, a rendition of How Great is Our God by the Junior Steel pannists; a beautiful dance by the Sunday School students, and a powerful vocal presentation of The Battle is not Yours by Rashanna Britton, also, a member of the Sunday School. A special Anniversary Choir delighted those present with their presentation of Total Praise and Hallelujah by Stephen Hurd.
Rev. Dr. Janis Jack-Watson, Superintendent Minister in the local Methodist Ebenezer Circuit delivered a powerful message to the congregation which included many of her peers in the Methodist community as well as ministers and representatives from several other denominations. She admonished all to recognize that embracing the future might mean that today’s legacy may have to be completely uprooted to ensure the sustainability of the church in the future.
Six people received special awards during the service. These were Sis. Enid Agard, the oldest living member at 102 years, Sis Una O’neale; oldest active member at 95 and Sis Cynthia Richards who was recognized for her dedication and for going beyond the call of duty over the years. Other recipients included Bro Anthony Seale, for his work with the youth, Bro Calvin Watson for Outstanding Service and Sis Shanice Forde, a youth in the church, who was recognized for her contribution to her peers.