On December 11, Methodists came together for nine days of events at six different churches culminating in a Bi-Centennial Celebration at a special service at Cherokee’s Epworth Chapel, with over 200 persons attending. The Green Turtle Cay Methodist Church was organized the year before Cherokee in 1815, therefore 201 years of Methodism in Abaco were commemorated. Although, the Green Turtle Sanctuary closed their doors many years ago.
The Abaco circuit including Saint Andrew’s in Dundas Town, Saint James in Hope Town and Epworth Methodist Chapel in Cherokee Sound met for an evening of celebration in Cherokee Sound on Wednesday, April 13 for an intra-church fellowship to recognize a long-time friend of the Bahamas Conference of Methodist Churches throughout The Bahamas, Reverend Eugene Zimmerman and his wife, Emily Ann.
On a beautiful morning, Monday, April 6 at 11:30am, members of the community gathered in Hope Town at the site of the new St. James Community Center to officially launch construction of a long-held dream, now to become reality.
Through the collaborative efforts of Hope Town Primary School, the Methodist Youth Ministry and Concerned Citizens Watch (C.C.W.), over forty community members of all ages met on Saturday September 20, for an island wide clean-up of Elbow Cay.
The East Abaco Methodist Region of the Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church hosted a Sunday School Teachers' Appreciation Service at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town on June 1. Fourteen teachers from the churches of St Andrews, Dundas Town, St James, Hope Town and Epworth Chapel in Cherokee Sound were honoured for their years of service.
Epworth Methodist Chapel held its annual Missionary Meeting and Auction on September 22 and 23 in Cherokee Sound. This is an old tradition of the church and community and it is one of the highlights of the church calendar. In the beginning, on a Saturday afternoon, in order to collect items to be auctioned off the men of the church would form a fishing party, appoint a Captain and crew and set out on an imaginary voyage.
On Independence Sunday, July 8, many of the residents of the Southern District of Abaco came together for a joint-church service at Epworth Chapel in Cherokee. Reverend Marie Neilly spoke on “United Together in Love & Service.”
A service was held at St. Andrews Methodist Church, Dundas Town, on July 15 to celebrate leaders within the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. Eighteen leaders who had served the church for years were honoured for the roles they had performed such as preaching, chairing meetings, raising money and conducting prayer meetings.