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About the Church
The Scarborough Methodist Church (Chapel), located at the Corner
Main and Fort Streets (Chapel Hill) Scarborough is the oldest church in
Tobago. It was opened in 1826.
It is located at a very prominent position on a hill overlooking the Scar-
borough harbour and at the intersection of Fort Street (leading to Fort
King George) and Main Street (which as the name implies runs through
The building is of English design (modified Gothic construction) with
high over-rafter wooden ceiling, arched window openings and marble
tiles on the steps.
The walls, which are 15' thick, were constructed with rejected clay
bricks (discarded after having been used as ballast on empty sugar sail-
ing ships returning to Tobago) and put together with lime mortar by
free slave labour under the supervision by English builders.
There are several memorial plaques on the church walls including one
for the Hon. James Henry Keens who served as the 'Administrator of
the Government' of Tobago in 1856.
Since its construction, the Church has served successive generations
up to the present, as a place for religious, social and cultural activities
through its use for baptisms, weddings, funerals, soirees, concerts etc.
Eventually, Moravian missions were started in
1790 at the Montgomery Moravian Church in
Bethel, Tobago. As was expected the customs
and practices of the church continued, among
such practices were the Lovefeast.
The Lovefeast is a simple meal shared in a
spirit of reverence and joy. While the actual food
and drink served may vary considerably based on
where in the world it is being done, in the
Caribbean and in Montgomery Moravian a tasty
bun and local juice is served. During the serving
of the meal, songs are sung and special items are
rendered. At Montgomery Moravian, Lovefeast is
considered a national event.
While the Lovefeast has been celebrated for
over 200 years at Montgomery, no one is quite
sure when the eating and drinking in and around
the community started. Also no one is quite sure
either when the activity after the service was
In our church, harvest is the last Sunday in No-
vember and it is thanksgiving to God for his
blessings and involves the presentation of gifts
of produce and pastries. The term "harvest"
however is used by other members of the other
communities. It is fascinating to see absolute
strangers go from home to home sampling tasty
Whatever it is called, next year's Missionary
Lovefeast will be a significant one in the life of
the church and the community as the church will
also celebrate in 2015 its 225th anniversary. This
makes the Montgomery Moravian church one of
the oldest in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
We look forward to another great year and an-
other great Lovefeast in 2015.
Missionary Lovefeast started in Germany on August 13th, 1727, following
the Renewal of the Moravian Church. The people were so overwhelmed by the presence of God that
they could not leave each other's presence. It was then that food was brought and they continued
fellowshipping. Within five years of the renewal, Moravians were sending missionaries around the
world---starting with St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands in December 1732 signalling the first Christian
missionary expedition by any church.
By Pastor Lewis, Montgomery Moravian Church
By Kaelanne Jordan
By Christine Dalkan
Come November 30th, the Scarborough
Methodist Church will be hosting its an-
nual harvest at the church grounds.
Themed " We are the reapers", the two-and-a-half to three hour-long
worship service begins at 9am under the direction of Reverend Duane
Samm, Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church.
According to congregational steward Janice Walker, various groups of
the church such as the women's league, youth groups, men's and
women's fellowship, choir and boys brigade are all expected to partici-
pate in the church service.
Unlike other harvest celebrations in Tobago where the Eucharistic
service is followed by a cantata in the early afternoon, there will no can-
tata, however musical items will be added during and after the service
courtesy the church choir with an evening of songs and praise starting
Produce and confectionaries will go on sale after mass.
All are invited!
At St. Andrew's Anglican Church, harvest will be celebrated on the 23rd November as well. This
church is located in Scarborough.
Before the church was built, up to the turn of the 19th century, services
were held at the Scarborough courthouse. Finally, in 1819, the first Angli-
can church was built in Scarborough. As Archdeacon Philip Isaac told us,
visitors can expect that the harvest festival at this church will be cele-
brated differently from the other churches. Harvest service will begin at
9am and last for about three hours. The service will include the Holy Eu-
charist and additional cultural items will be performed such as anthems,
recitations and instrumentals from members of the congregation of the
four churches in that parish. There will be no Cantata and no food sale af-
terwards. The officiating pastor is Reverend Edwina Peters.
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