The Anglican Church Men’s group of the St. John the Baptist Church, Marsh Harbour, held its Spring Steakout on March 9 on the grounds of its parish church hall. The Steakout is traditionally held each year for Valentine’s weekend so was originally scheduled for February 9, but since the hall was already booked for another function on that date the following weekend had to be considered.
However the weekend of February 16 was already in the season of Lent and Anglicans abstain from eating any red meat in Lent. ‘Refreshment weekend’ is a weekend halfway through Lent when Anglicans are allowed a couple of days when they do not have to hold fast to Lenten rules therefore they were able to hold the Steakout on this particular March 9 weekend.
As always, there were lines of people queuing up to buy their steak or chicken dinners as the Anglican Church stakeouts are very popular. The steaks, which are pre-seasoned by the special secret formula of the popular barbecuing trio known as ‘The Three Musketeers,’ are reputed to be the best in town.
Richard Gibbs, Assistant Secretary of the ACM, stated that 350 tickets had been sold and that with persons buying tickets on the day he hoped that that they would sell close to 400 dinners. The churchmen were ably and generously assisted by the Anglican Churchwomen.
The money raised at each of these Steakouts is used towards the upkeep of the church and community outreach programmes. The roof of the Parish Church Hall is desperately in need of repair; the entire roof must be taken off and replaced so this year the proceeds will help to defray these costs. Some of the money raised is also used each year to assist the Anglican Churchmen to attend their Northern regional conference. This year the conference will be held in April on Grand Bahama and six members will be attending. The ACM holds two steakouts per year, the other being during the October Discovery Day weekend.
The following day was observed by Anglicans all over the world as Mothering Sunday. A service was held in the church at 3:00pm which was led by the children to honour their mothers. Prior to the service the young people marched from Standard Hardware to the church and following the service refreshments and games were held in the church hall.