Anglicans to focus on youth and family

Heavy focus will be placed on the youth and family this month as part of the Anglican Church’s three-year strategic plan.

Bishop of Barbados Dr John Holder told a recent news conference that “we as a church are very concerned about some of the issues we see here in our society”, as he outlined a number of activities aimed at addressing these challenges.

“We are very concerned with the issues relating to our children and our young people. We have had as an Anglican Church a long, long history of responding to family issues in Barbados,” Bishop Holder said in reference to recent violent incidents at some of the island’s schools.



The Bishop revealed that there would be a public lecture and panel discussion led by Professor Christine Barrow, entitled: Celebrating our Barbadian Families at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus on May 3rd.

A youth concert will also be held at Queen’s Park on May 15th.

“Our Youth Ministry in the Diocese is trying to [show] the young people not only within the church but within society the very positive elements that should be in their lives as they grow up. And we are trying to show that the way for example that we deal with issues of difference and issues that lead to violence is not to resort to violence itself but to try as far as possible to engage in the kind of discussions, the kind of relationships that will lead them away from violence,” he said.

Prison inmates will also benefit from the activities to mark Child and Family Month. A church service will be presided over by Bishop Holder. Parents Day is also slated for May 15th at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, during which prisoners will be allowed to recite their own poems and present their writings, music and art and craft.

“We will continue to preach love and forgiveness and our ministry as we see it as a church, is not to only concentrate only on those who come to us on Sundays but those who have probably not done the best with their lives and therefore we are not a judgemental church. We don’t stand up and point fingers at those who have made mistakes and stumbled.

“We are an embracing church that reaches out continuously and offer God’s forgiveness, and that is our approach to anyone in society or in the world that society deems as having fallen off the straight and narrow road along the way,” Bishop Holder explained.

Meantime George Griffith, who is the chairman of the Home and Family Life Commission of the Anglican Diocese, said other activities would also be held marking International Family Day.

“What we really want families to do is to organize special activities for members of their family but in particular we are really urging members of the family to reach out to those family members who have drifted away from the family unit, maybe estranged in one way or the other. We will be urging that there be some level of acceptance some forgiveness and some renewal of those bonds that should keep family together,” Griffith said.

14 Responses to Anglicans to focus on youth and family

  1. Alex Alleyne May 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Maybe if you all forget about HELL and FIRE burning and focus on REAL LIFE here on earth , then thing will be better for all of us . I NEVER SEE A DEAD PERSON COME AND TELL US HOW GOOD THINGS ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE.

    • Coralita May 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Things will get better for all of us when each of us takes responsibility and do right by each other. We like to point our fingers at the church, not realising that more pointing back at us.

      When the church goes into communities trying to connect with people, most of them close their windows and doors and refuse to answer the call. Parents don’t bring nor send their children to church and when anything bad happens, the church is then expected to jump into action and serve the same people who reject it. But God expects the church to do it, regardless.

      Most churches preach more about people changing their lives and doing right by each other than about fire and brimstone but I guess our consciouses determine what hits home.

  2. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson May 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Too late when you live on the hill an I existing in the gully.

  3. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Any effort to reach the kids is a worthwhile endeavour, but kids are smart enough not to settle for lipservice.

    • Coralita May 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

      One thing that always baffle me is why we call children KIDS!!! Don’t goats produce Kids? Aren’t humans supposed to produced children??

      Where in the Bible is there any mention of God’s kids? I’ve always known of God’s children. We need to let go of the North American jargon.

  4. Donna Harewood May 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm


    We are Anglicans. We don’t preach fire and brimstone and we are the most practical of denominations. That’s why they say we are not Christian.

    • Coralita May 2, 2016 at 12:02 am

      Who are you trying to fool? With Anglicans, anything goes. Why preach the Bible and then not live it? I see too many Anglican Priest smoking and drinking like nobody’s business. Aren’t these men supposed to be examples for change. Our bodies are God’s temples and we treat them any old how and then cuss God, the doctor, the government and everybody else when we get sick.

      Didn’t Jesus show us how to live practical lives by loving our neighbours as we love ourselves, by being our brother’s keeper and all the rest? We are a selfish, self-centred people and rather than change ourselves and do right by each other we live to poke at the church. Read the gospels and see how much good Jesus did on the Sabbath healing and restoring the sick, main, halt and blind. We want more practicality than that???

      Stop knocking the church and do what you all supposed to do in your corners to make a difference. If everyone does that, the world would be a better place.

  5. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts May 2, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Atheism Deconstructed by Putting Religion under the microscope. A good video to watch.

  6. Goody Smarts
    Goody Smarts May 2, 2016 at 4:31 am

    You still think your Bible is truth.

  7. jrsmith May 2, 2016 at 5:47 am

    That’s why as decades come and go black people is still standing at the cross roads with tin cup in hand waiting for hand outs.. that’s why the white man need not bother, because they know everything the black man try to achieve will not happen because they are following the bible… Our failure slavery, Bible and those religions…all in favour to the white man…

    • Coralita May 2, 2016 at 9:06 am

      There are rich people and poor people in every race and ethnicity on this earth. Besides blacks, the other ethnicities who are struggling, is that a result of the Bible as well? Are blacks the only race who goes to church and read the Bible?

      Are atheist and agnostics who do not believe in God any better off than those who do? Are they rich and successful and achieving all that they want in life? I’m waiting for the answer and while you are at it, bring some evidence to support your claims.

  8. jrsmith May 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Its funny talk about the bible and you people get real mad , cant help it can you, 62 people in the world owns 49% of the worlds wealth, call me what you want to I don’t really care about you , I am near to 80 always had a good life , never worked hard never prayed for anything, living between Barbados and the UK..scores of friends in the same position as myself.


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