Gracehill Celebrates Phenomenal Milestone


AwardeesAntigua St. John's - As the Gracehill Moravian Church celebrates 240 years, members took time to recognise six lay members of the congregation at an anniversary awards banquet on Saturday, June 8, at the Grand Antiguan Resort.

All six awardees were recognised and applauded for having demonstrated a commitment to the church and its work, and for giving visible witness and service for many years.

At the banquet, Rev Dr Conrad Spencer, who hails from Liberta, addressed the gathering on the topic “Service and Commitment”.  Highlighting how faith manifests itself in godly works, Rev Spencer shared that service and commitment lead to incredible achievement.

Such achievement of the Gracehill Moravian Church, he said, has made it a leader for change over its 240 years of existence with God’s mercy, grace, and guidance. It was noted that the move to celebrate fellow church members for their valued contribution also provided an opportunity for reflection on the past and present, and encouragement for the future.

Rev Spencer’s encouragement came in the form of a challenge to the adults to nurture the youth through modelling, mentoring, monitoring, motivating, and multiplying Christ-like service to God and others.

Encouragement for the future also came from Rev Dr Cicely Athill-Horsford, a Libertan and the first female minister of the Moravian Church, Province of the Eastern Caribbean. In the delivery of her sermon at the 240th anniversary service on Sunday, she connected the anniversary theme to the text, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ“  (Philippians 1:6). The reverend encouraged the church members to “Rejoice in the Lord, Renew their Faith and Build on the Foundation, with Christ as the cornerstone”.

The commemorative 240th anniversary magazine, to be published soon, will feature the history of the church, congratulatory messages, special articles, and photographs. The month-long celebrations will culminate with a time for family, fun, food, and fellowship on Sunday June 30 at the Pigeon Point Beach, starting at 10 am.

Plaques were presented to the awardees, each being cited for their contribution to the church through their engagement in several facets of the church’s life:

Linroy E Adams for Music Ministry and Treasurer

Theodore Barnes for Nehemiah’s Ministry and General Service

Janet O Francis for Leadership

Generis Richards for Sunday School and General Service

Stecie “Tessie” Phillip for Women’s Fellowship

and Charles Ralph for Outstanding  Service


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RE: Gracehill Celebrates Phenomenal Milestone

#3 Gavener Ralph » 2013-06-13 11:57

Congratulations to Gracehill Moravian on the celebration of 240 years and to the 6 members who got awards especially my Grandpa Charles Ralph, he's looking so handsome in the pic :D

Gavener Ralph

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#2 Jane » 2013-06-13 00:26

Congratulations to all the honorees especially Mr. Ralph. Its soo good to give recognition to individuals while they can appreciate it.


Congratulations on 240 years!

#1 Mr. Byam » 2013-06-12 06:51

Congrats to the Gracehill Moravians; it’s good to see the religion of our ancestors still going strong in Antigua.

Mr. Byam

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