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Events affecting churches

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IS THE CHURCH of today losing to the secular world?
I do think so, for these days it is in competition with many Sunday activities in Barbados.
First it was Sunday Test Cricket, then it was car racing, Pan Pun De Sand, the Wet Fete, you name it. Most of them are held on a Sunday. Even when members of the Mothers’ Union and Church Army go out in the evening, most would not be present at Mass in the morning but would say that since they are going out, they have to cook first for their family.
 These Sunday activities are not an Anglican thing only – all churches are affected one way or another. Here at St Joseph my members cannot worship on Sunday when there is motor racing because the roads are all blocked off. Members would say, “Do not look for me next Sunday. I would not be able to get back home because of the rally!”
It will also affect other churches because parents will give their children the car to attend car racing. What are we going to do as Christians with all these things going on?
During the recent Election, some members did not attend church – they were involved in the campaign!
How committed are church members to the church or a political party?
Father’s Day luncheons
• St Philip-the-Less Anglican Church, Boscobel, St Peter, will hold its Father’s Day Luncheon Sunday, June 16, at Coleridge and Parry, Ashton  Hall, St Peter,12:30 p.m. Tickets available from church members or at the door.
• St Luke’s Church will hold its luncheon Sunday, June 16, on the church grounds, 12:30 p.m. The public is invited.
• St Stephen’s Anglican Church will hold its luncheon Sunday at St Leonard’s Secondary School Hall, Richmond Gap, St Michael, at 12:30 p.m. Tickets on sale and the public is invited.
Barbados United District Court of Foresters will hold its concert Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. at Prince Cave Hall, District A Complex, Station Hill, St Michael. The public is invited.
St Barnabas’ Festival 175St?Barnabas Anglican Church will mark its 1838 consecration with a festival, Rejoicing In The Lord, from Sunday, June 9, to Sunday, June 16. Sunday at 6 p.m., Choral Evening Prayer (CPWI): preacher Rev. Canon Jeffrey Gibson from St Michael’s Deanery. Celebration activities will continue Monday to Sunday, June 16.
Scenic Bus Ride       
St Thomas Parish Church will host a Family Scenic Bus Ride on Sunday, June 9. Buses will leave the church at 11 a.m. en route to King George V Memorial Park. The public is invited.
Reudon Everley of Barbados will be visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines and has offered to share his experience tomorrow 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon with members of the clergy of the Diocese of the Windward Islands, St Vincent & Grenadines. His topic: Community Today, What The Church Needs To Do.
Rev. Fr J. Everton Weekes has been made rector of the Parish of St Mary, Bequia, with Holy Cross, Paget Farm, St Michael, Canouan, Mustique and St Matthias, Union Island, St Vincent & Grenadines effective June 1.
Rev. Fr Alric Ardon died Thursday, May 23, at his home in Prospect, St Vincent & Grenadines. He was priest in charge of the Parish of St James, Layou with St Mary’s, Buccament, St Vincent & Grenadines.
Patronal Festival
St Philip-the-Less Patronal Festival continues on Sunday with Fellowship Day at Codrington College and Silver Rock, Christ Church.
Bethel Methodist Church will be holding its Police Band Concert featuring Amanda Fields and the Combermere School Band, 5 p.m. at the church. The public is invited.