St. Matthias Anglican Church Men’s Fellowship
The St. Matthias Anglican Church Men’s Fellowship was founded in January 1975, through the initiative of the late Brother Cecil Watkins who at the time was the Lay Reader and Sunday School Superintendent. He was of the view that the men of the Church had a meaningful role to play in the ministry of the Church and was the organisation’s first president. Following a meeting of interested men of the congregation, the incumbent, The Rev. Frederick Layne, sanctioned the establishment of the Fellowship. Foundation members included Brothers Cecil Cumberbatch, Eric Smith and Clyde Walcott, who are currently involved with the organisation and who through their dedication were made honorary life vice-presidents in 2001.
The Fellowship has played an important role in the Church’s ministry, fostering Christian ties with other men and men’s organisations of other churches. Throughout its existence it has provided assistance with the maintenance of the Church. It has reached out to the sick and poor, helped needy causes and mobilised assistance for those left destitute by fire. It has been active behind the scenes with programmes and projects that matter, and at the same time fulfilling its aims and objectives.
The Fellowship is an affiliate of the Anglican Men's Association of Barbados (AMA), the umbrella organisation of all Anglican Church Men’s Fellowship groups.
Aims and Objectives
- To build up together our life in Christ and to promote fellowship among Christian men, through worship, prayer and service.
- To promote good family life and create, among men, a will to be responsible citizens.
- To encourage men to bring up their children in the faith and life of the church.
- To foster closer relationships with the men of other men's organisations.
- To develop and maintain closer relationships with other organisations within the St. Matthias Anglican Church.
- To assist in the ministry of the St. Matthias Anglican Church: (a) its social, cultural and community outreach programmes, (b) visitation of the poor, needy, sick and shut-ins, (c) maintenance of the Church's property.
- To provide a means of circulating information about males within the Diocese, and the St. Matthias congregation specifically.
- Organising the annual fun walk.
- Organising the annual Bible Quizz competition.
- Involvement in the Diocesan and AMA's Radio Ministry.
- Annual visitation and donation to the Geriatric Hospital.