The Rev. Fr. Luther Johnson
Church Office Hours:
Mon- Fri 9am - 3pm
Tel: (246) 424 2446
Fax: (246) 4257917
"There is a Ministry for Everyone of Us"
We often see the organizations within our church only as they sit in corporate worship. Some of us may be curious as to what they actually do, and may even have an interest in joining but are unaware of who we should ask, what we should do or what would be required of us if we were to join. The information below seeks to give some information on the various groups and ministries in our church and the names of persons to whom your queries can be channelled if you are interested, either in getting more information or in actually joining any of the organisations. I and they would love to hear from you. There is a ministry for all of us.
Christ the King Ministries
Liturgy & Worship & Evangelism
The purpose of the Liturgy, Worship & Evangelism ministry is to serve as an advisory and consultative body for the clergy on matters pertaining to worship (both in the church and in the field) so that worship becomes an encounter with God and so that the Parish family and those of our community are encouraged and empowered to actively seek to love and serve the Lord and come to experience and share God’s reconciling love..
Servants of the Altar
The Servants of the Altar include the Eucharistic Ministers and the Altar servers. These persons will be robed and they minister in the Holy Place, the sanctuary of God’s house. They assist the Priest in the celebration of the holy Eucharist. They will be seen carrying the cross, the torches, handling the holy vessels, the Gospel Book, lighting the candles and carrying out various other duties in the Sanctuary.
Martin Luther once said: I am strongly persuaded that after theology, there is no art that can be placed on the level with music. The Church of Christ the King has always been blessed with a vibrant music ministry. The senior choir, directed by our talented organist and music director Mr. John Burnett, continues to lead our worship services. The choir also hosts the annual Fish Fry in support of the fundraising efforts of the church as well as an annual fellowship evening for choir members and friends of the choir.
The Church Army is a Diocesan Organization in the church, which was started on the 27th of May 1985. It is the evangelistic arm of the church and is dedicated to bringing persons from all walks of life into a living relationship with Christ. It reaches out to the sick, the elderly and the housebound in their homes, hospitals and other institutions. Members join with other battalions and groups in the Diocese in fellowship, sharing in their anniversary celebrations and other joyful occasions.
The Beautification Team’s mandate is to constantly seek to make our church, both inside and outside, a beautiful place for worship, meditation and fun and fellowship.
The Flower Guild takes on the responsibility of providing floral arrangements for the church thus beautifying it for worship.
The duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare the things necessary for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Housekeeping is one of the basic responsibilities of the guild. Along with the sexton, the Guild sees that the Sanctuary and its furnishings are clean and in good order, the linens, parchments and vestments are regularly cleaned and pressed and the sacramental vessels are polished. The Guild ensures that adequate supplies of communion wine and wafers are kept in stock.
Readers & Intercessors
The Readers and Intercessors read the appointed lessons and lead the congregational intercessions during worship.
The Prayer Group is a small but important part of the ministry of the Church of Christ the King. Called the prayer warriors by the Rector, they became an official ministry of the church in August 2000. The primary purpose of the Prayer Group is to help persons improve their method of praying and to uphold before God the Christ the King Parish family , the surrounding community, our country and indeed the world.
Finance, Administration & Church Property
This ministry is responsible for financial planning, administration and the proper care and maintenance of all church property. It will maintain in good condition current plant and equipment and plan the overall short and long range enhancement and development of the parish.
The Counting Team is responsible for counting, properly recording and depositing the Open Collection and the Stewardship envelopes for all the services of the church.
The Events Planners have taken on the responsibilities once handled by the Fundraising Committee. It was recognized that there was a need for trained persons to harmonize the various fundraising efforts of the church to avoid conflict and duplication of effort and to allow for maximum efficiency.
Christian Fellowship & Member Relations
The purpose of the Christian Fellowship & Member Relations ministry is to coordinate all aspects of interaction communication and relations within the Parish family. Some of the work of this ministry includes ushering, hospitality and fellowship, greeting visitors and developing the image of the Church of Christ the King a warm, caring and responsive church with a dynamic style of worship. The ministry seeks to knit the CTK family together by intentionally seeking ways for members of our congregation to interact.
It is responsible for the following activities:
The Men’s Fellowship is one of the outreach arms of the church. Its membership is open to men who accept the Christian faith and who wish to share in Christian comradeship through a common interest in the service of Christ and his church. The activities of the Men’s Fellowship include assisting the senior citizens of the Soroptimist Village, Eden Lodge with transportation and sharing in their recreational and other programmes. It has also adopted the Nightingale Children’s Home in Black Rock, St. Michael and takes an interest in the children’s welfare; this includes bringing them to church at Christ the King on a regular basis, taking them on recreational tours, and hosting them to refreshments from time to time. The fellowship was honoured by the Government of Barbados, through the Child Care Board, in recognition of its service to the Nightingale Home. The Men’s Fellowship meets every third Saturday in the month.
The ministry of ushering is a ministry of hospitality. It also promotes Christian fellowship among the members of the Church of Christ the King through prayer, worship, social and recreational activities and service. The members of the Usher’s Guild welcome visitors and members to our church. They assist in creating a worship atmosphere that facilitates an encounter with God. They assist all worshippers in participating in the act of worship.
Hebrews 13: 2
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have
entertained Angels unawares.
The Hospitality Team
The Hospitality Team prepares after service snacks and juices for our visitors and members of our congregation. This is a time of fellowship, greeting our visitors and getting to know each other.
Keep in Touch Ministry
This ministry seeks to keep loving track of our members. The congregation is divided into sections and section leaders are encouraged to keep in touch with the persons in their section, bringing to the attention of the Priest those who are ill or who need the prayers of the church.
Shuttle Ministry Team
The Shuttle Ministry is in its infant stage. Currently there are two members of the team. They assist church members who need assistance in picking up or dropping off their children to and from school. It is envisioned that this team will grow to be able to assist the elderly with their shopping and their doctors’ appointments, etc.
This is a ministry that is needed in our church and it is hoped that the Christian Fellowship and Member Relations Ministry will be able to spearhead programmes geared to the singles of our Parish.
Care & Community Outreach
This ministry will plan, develop and spearhead the caring ministry of the church, both in the church and in the community. It will mobilize the congregation through the Diocesan Organizations within the church. It also works with other churches in the St Michael Deanery as well as government agencies and community groups to improve the well being of all persons in our community. It is responsible for the following programmes:
Family Assistance Programme
Care for the Disabled
Education, Leadership & Training
This ministry is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing programmes to meet the educational needs of the parish and the community, both Christian and what some might term secular education. The ministry will also seek to identify and develop persons to be future leaders in the church.
Vacation Bible School
This ministry will coordinate along with the Sunday school department the annual Vacation Bible School (VBS). It is hoped that the VBS will soon be able to operate for three weeks.
The reading programme is aimed at helping young children develop a love for reading. The children are allowed to borrow books from the CTK library. About 35 children are currently enrolled in the programme.
CTK Community Play Park
The Christ the King Community Play Park came about largely due to the efforts of the Education, Leadership & Training Committee under the leadership of former head teacher and stalwart of the Church of Christ the King Mrs. Esme Bascombe. Donations were made to the park by individuals and corporate Barbados. The park is a definite asset to the Outreach ministry of CTK.
The Christ the King Library & Media centre
This ministry takes responsibility for the development of the CTK library, learning and Media centre.
Training and Leadership team
It is hoped that a training and leadership team will be brought into being to plan and execute programmes for the education of our parish in areas that are now needed such as marketable skills for our young people. Also CTK Young Leaders
Stewardship Awareness & Development
This ministry is responsible for coordinating all aspects of stewardship awareness of time, talent and treasure for the parish and will help the parish family develop an understanding of and commitment to the Biblical concepts of purposeful and deliberate giving.
The Sunday Bulletin allows worshippers to easily follow the service. It also welcomes visitors to our church, informs them about our church and invites them to come again. The bulletin also features members of our congregation, thereby affording the parish family the opportunity to know more about one another. Short articles on various subjects are also featured from time to time.
Communications & Information Technology
The Communications and Information Technology (ICT) Ministry will spearhead an aggressive programme to highlight the Church of Christ the King as a friendly, caring community church where intelligent religion is proclaimed and practised. The ministry will develop an outreach radio, television and print and web programme which will enhance CTK's presence in the community. It will advise the incumbent and the Church Council regarding special programmes and worship services which will expose the CTK experience to more and more persons.
The Publications Team is an outreach ministry of the Church of Christ the King. It aims to provide the Priest to communicate with the Parish Family, to inform and unite the CTK Family and the surrounding districts through educational and inspirational writings. It also aims to highlight occasions of special importance to the Parish Family thereby helping to strengthen the bonds of fellowship. At present the team publishes The Crown Quarterly Newsletter, A Children’s publication and was responsible for the 35th anniversary publication.
Audio & Recording Team
A new state of the art sound and recording system has recently been installed in the church. The system allows for the enhanced voice reproduction in the church as well as for the recording of church services for broadcast and for the housebound. The Audio and recording team is responsible for operating and maintaining the system and for ensuring the highest quality audio during worship.
CTK Webmasters Team
The CTK Webmasters were charged with the responsibility of planning and bringing to fruition the Christ the King web Page. They are also responsible for maintaining and updating the web page as required.
Community Relations, Alliances & Friends of CTK
This Team is a recent addition to the ministries of the church. Its responsibilities are to develop and to maintain links with the Friends of Christ the King in and out of Barbados, the local business community and international help agencies, all for the benefit of promoting the ministry of the church.
Wellness & Family
The Wellness & Family Ministry will take responsibility for the wellness of the greater Christ the King family. It will seek to develop the families in our congregation by interacting with them and developing programmes and activities which promote wholesome family relationships. It will work closely with the Christian Fellowship and Member Relations Ministry in carrying out its mandate.
The objectives of the Health Guild are to educate, and to promote good health within the church and community, to give first aid when necessary during church services and to give support to members of the church with health problems. Membership shall be open to all health professionals and interested members of the church.
Bereavement & Support Group
This group is one of the youngest but most vibrant in the church. Its main objective is to reach out and respond to the needs of members of the church and of the wider community who have suffered loss due to the death of a loved one, termination of a job or destruction of a property. All the members have completed the course called “Caring for the Bereaved” and have received certificates of graduation
Youth & Culture Ministries
This ministry will plan, design and execute programmes and activities for the development of our youth, young and middling adults. The ministry will seek to bridge the gap between these age groups and to respond to their special needs, recognizing the especially challenging nature of this period of life and the fact that it is during this time that persons tend to drift from the church.
Youth Group+ Expressions Dance Ministry:
This group was formed in November 2007 by a young woman from the CTK Youth Group, Mrs. Kiana Hall. A group of young ladies in the church had expressed an interest in liturgical dance. The group has grown from ten members to over fifteen at the present time. They perform during worship, at programmes in church and around the Diocese.
The Guitar ensemble is a relatively new addition to the CTK music ministry. It’s members play the acoustic guitar. Currently there are two groups: a beginners group and a more advanced group. The ensemble performs at various programmes in church and in the community. There is also the CTK Chorale
Sunday School Departments;
The Friday School is an award winning programme of the Church of Christ the King. It was started by a parishioner sadly now deceased, Mrs. Mavis Brown over twenty years ago. It started with a roll of ten children and reached as high as fifty children weekly. Basically the programme has taken the form of a Sunday school done on a Friday evening in Mrs. Browne’s home. The church as a family have to now make a decision as to how her ministry will continue.
The CTK Percussionist band comprises of children from three to eight years old. They perform in church and in the community.
The Boomwhacker instruments are brightly coloured, plastic tubes tuned by length to musical notes. Around the world, the instruments are recognized as an exciting way for young children to learn about music. The CTK Boomwhackers, a group of 6 to 12 year olds, was formed in October 2008 with thirteen members and is now twenty two members strong, in two levels. The group has performed at its church and other events in the Diocese. The Christ the King Boomwhackers is directed by Mrs. Ayo Burrowes, herself a former member of a CTK music ensemble.
The Rector, assisted by the Eucharistic Ministers, administers Communion to the sick in hospital, those in Nursing Homes and those who are house bound, on a scheduled basis of at least once per month. Other communion visits takes place as is necessary or as requested.
It is a requirement of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Barbados that persons who seek to be married in the Anglican Church go through a period of premarital counselling. The number of sessions the couple are required to attend are determined by the Priest, based on his/her assessment of the maturity of their relationship.
HIV Counselling Team
Christ the King is blessed with a number of persons who are trained in dealing with and counselling persons affected by HIV/AIDS. This ministry falls under the overview of the Wellness and family Committee and as a result a holistic approach, involving the persons and their families, is taken in dealing with this problem. Of course the utmost confidentiality is maintained.
The Telephone Team
At Christ the King we try to use all the means at our disposal to help others experience and share God’s reconciling love. We therefore recognize that the telephone can be a powerful tool in carrying out our mission. The telephone team comprises a group of persons who keep in contact with, fellowship with and pray for sick and shut in parishioners, and persons who are going through life challenges as well as other members of the community who may not necessarily be members of our congregation.
These persons are persons who are interested in the welfare of our young people and who set aside time to be with them, to communicate with them on a regular basis in helping them to become productive citizens and worthy Christians.
This ministry falls under the overview of the Wellness and Family Committee and seeks to bring women of like mind together in fellowship and Christian purpose.
The purpose of this ministry is to give support and training, particularly to young parents who are new to the challenges of parenting. It also seeks to give support and training to young unwed mothers. It also seeks to help fathers understand and live up to the very important role they should play in the rearing of children.
Administration & Church Records
This ministry is responsible for church administration and the proper care and maintenance of all church Records. It will ensure that ALL Church records are available for immediate inspection by the Bishop or any person or persons designated by him. It is directly responsible for church employees and ensures the smooth and efficient functioning of the church office in accordance with Diocesan and Parish Guidelines. It is responsible for the recruitment of members of the counting team, all of whom must be approved by the incumbent after consultation with the Treasurer and the PCC.
The scope of responsibilities of this ministry includes;
The Parish Centre Restoration & Physical Development Committee
The ministry is charged with the responsibility of restoring the Parish Centre and planning for the physical development of the Parish. Christ the King is blessed with spacious grounds and it is hoped that the restoration effort will be integrated into a wider and more efficient use of land space to accommodate the varied areas of ministry. Possible ideas include courtyard worship services.
GIVING TO THE CHURCH
There are several ways for you to give:
PRAYER OF PERSONAL COMMITMENT
Almighty God, you have called me into your service at a time of change and opportunity. Give me strength and grace to see what you are calling me to be and to do. Make me grateful for your many mercies in the past. Provide me with an even greater willingness to seek your ways in the days ahead. Guide me in the path of truth. Lead me in my worship and preparation. Draw me closer to you and to others. Help me to reach out in faith and confidence to all who seek your path, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.