What a busy few months it has been for us! Our Parish begun 125 years of Anniversary recognition and significance when the Church turned this ripe age on Dec 2nd, 2016. We started off celebrations with a Church service on Sunday 4th Dec followed by our Anniversary Dinner & Ball on 9th December 2016. When the New Year rang in, we recognised in a special service, all those who were ever baptized at the Church over the years. This service took place on Epiphany, Sun 8th January, 2017. Followed by our Prayer Breakfast on Saturday 28th
From February to present, special services continued to take place such as the Family Sunday service, joint ecumenical services and Lenten outdoor services to name a few. There were two (2) major fundraising events as well, the He’s Risen Evening Song event put on by Mrs. Sybil Cumberbatch and Christine Cumberbatch as well and the Malcolm Boyce & Friends in Thanksgiving Concert.
Margaret’s Anglican Church with our Mission, St. Jerome’s in Gonzales, has been engaging in these major Fundraiser activities to make the Sod Turning goals for our New Parish Hall and Hall come to fruition. The Sod Turning Ceremony took place on Sun 24th, Nov. 2016, where we started Construction with a leap of faith having just over 1.7 Million to build a new building costing 4.3 Million! In prayer & by God’s grace we answered the call and to date we are happy to say that we are near Completion….Now isn’t God good!
THE MALCOLM BOYCE & FRIENDS THANKSGIVING CONCERT……. But God’s goodness has been working through his servants, one of which is Mr. Malcolm Boyce, who volunteered to give thanks to God and help St. Margaret’s raise funds at the same time. Mr. Boyce who was paralysed by a stroke some years ago understood the importance of taking a personal walk with Christ and committing to the call on his life. So with his love for music and a few good friends, he embarked on what was the concert of a lifetime on Sunday 28th May, 2017 at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Belmont. This was a sold-out event, with over 350 guests! There was standing space only after a certain time in the concert. Mr. Boyce did not donate quarter, half or three-quarter of the earnings to St. Margaret’s but all…..YES 100% of funds raised in this concert went towards the building of the new Parish Hall and Office and for this we sincerely Thank You Malcolm, May God continue to bless you as you bless others through your time, talent & treasure.
WHAT’S NEXT?…….As we prepare for what’s next at St. Margaret’s, we take the opportunity to invite you to Belmont’s Bountiful Harvest 2. This is the main goal ahead, an invitation to each and every one of you is sent now so that you can come on out on Sunday 2nd July, 2017 to St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Belmont Circular Road, Belmont at 10am to our Harvest Festival, where the Celebrant would be Canon Emeritus Fr. Steve West. It promises to be a most Beautiful, Bountiful, Blessed one with over 20 stalls, lunch tickets cost $50 and an afternoon of Entertainment awaits you. Most of all, you too get to share in the opportunity to give thanks to God with us as we’re on the last stretch of funds towards the completion our Parish Hall and Office. It is because God has been good to us why we know he will be good to you and your blessing towards us. Those of you willing to assist our main goal, we say COME JOIN OUR TEAM, support us by donating into our Building Fund accounts at Republic Bank Account #610 243 504 901
FOLLOW-UP……. We may be many, but in Christ we are one Body and we thank God for the leadership of Canon Fr. Ronald Branche for reminding us always that we ought to serve God like it’s the first time, the only time, the last time. You’ll be sure to hear from the Parish of St. Margaret’s Anglican, Belmont soon again because once our NEW Parish Hall and Office is completed we aim to serve our Community in a range of developmental programmes & activities. However, first we need to say Thank you and continue to support our fundraising efforts every step of the way.