No. 7 Labour Party Constituency Executive holds final celebratory activity
The Constituency Executive poses for a group picture outside the Miracle Temple. Dr Harris is centre on the front row, while Pastor Montgomery is on the extreme right and Pastor Bradley is on the left (front row)
St. Kitts (February 22, 2010) — Following the January 25 general elections, constituents in St. Christopher 7, Belle Vue to Ottley’s, where the sitting parliamentarian Dr Timothy Harris was reelected for the fifth consecutive time, have been holding celebratory activities that culminated Sunday with a thanksgiving service at the Miracle Temple in Lodge Project.
“This is final in a series of thanksgiving services and activities, which the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Constituency Executive in St. Christopher 7 had mandated as part of our victory celebrations for the 25th January elections,” commented Dr Harris at the end of the colourful church service.
The service was well attended by regular members and members of the Constituency Executive attired in their red jackets. Resident pastor, Johnny Bradley, chaired the service in the presence of visiting feature preacher Pastor A.W. Montgomery of Agape Missionary Baptist Church, Maryland, USA.
Both Pastors Bradley and Montgomery congratulated Dr Timothy Harris on his success at the polls, and the Constituency Executive for organising the celebratory activities.
According to Dr Harris, who was first elected to parliament in 1993, and reelected in 1995, 2000, 2004 and now 2010, it was felt that given the diversity of the church membership of the people in the constituency across different church types and given the spread of the communities, the services had to be held across the constituency.
“That way, one could reach more people and more people could be part of our effort to say thank you in a special way,” said Dr Harris who is presently the only Senior Minister in the new-look cabinet of Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas. “We had to say thanks first to God for seeing us through an election and more importantly for seeing us victorious through a long general election.”
The celebratory activities kicked off with a block party held on the Friday immediately after the elections, then thanksgiving services the first one held at the Estridge Moravian Church on January 31, at the Tabernacle Pentecostal Church on February 7, then the centre of the constituency at Molyneux with Pastor Shelford at the Molyneux Primary School on February 14.
Saturday February 20 saw a very special treat for the Constituency Executive as they undertook a tour on the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. The celebratory activities culminated Sunday February 21 at the furthermost end of the constituency, the Lodge Project/Ottley’s community, worshipping with Pastor Johnny Bradley, which Dr Harris described as bringing a very good climax to the celebratory activities.
“During the course of the elections, the people came out in significant numbers and gave me a very significant lead of over a thousand votes,” commented Dr Harris. “That is the second largest margin of victory bestowed upon any candidate in the just concluded general elections.”
He hailed his constituents for the popular participation in the victory and noted that by going to different churches the Constituency Executive was hoping to replicate and to reciprocate that popular participation by giving people the opportunity to celebrate with them in their communities to the extent possible.
In ending, he said: “So they were significant and meaningful activities, which were really a way of expressing my deep appreciation and the appreciation of my support committee for the wonderful show of support and solidarity which the people of St. Christopher Number Seven exhibited and demonstrated again on the 25th of January.”