We started with six people in a
classroom … and have grown to the
point where we now need our
own church building. Please listen to our story
and decide how you want to
help us reach our goal.
We operate as a mission station of
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk in
Nassau, Bahamas. As such,
we are self sufficient but our Elders
are ordained by the church in Nassau.
Together with our sister church, Lucayan Presbyterian in Freeport,
Grand Bahama, we are associated with
the Presbytery of Tropical Florida
and are an overseas charge of the Church
of Scotland. Kirk is Gaelic for church.
Abaco is one of the largest islands in
the chain of The Bahamas. It lies 150
miles due east of Palm Beach Florida.
There is a permanent population of
18,000 but there are many vacation
homeowners, primarily from the
United States, Canada and Europe.
Many of our regular church attendees live
aboard their boats. Abaco is clean and
friendly and is the boating and fishing
capital of The Bahamas. Marsh Harbour
is the main town on Great Abaco Island.
The picturesque surrounding cays, or
small islands, form the protected Sea of
Abaco. We are fully serviced with
an airport, marinas and ferry services.
congregation has developed into a church home for many local Bahamians
and a church away from home for our
many valued visitors and homeowners.
Everyone is assured of a warm welcome
at our traditional service and at the
fellowship time afterwards. We have a
government grant of land near the
Marsh Harbour International Airport.
On March 16, 2008, we held a ground
breaking ceremony. Our goal is to build
a modest structure which will
accommodate 100 people and
provide office, kitchen, and gathering
spaces. Bearing in mind our future needs
and challenges, we plan to build,
and operate, as efficiently as possible.
We need your involvement.
We are undertaking a very large
project for a small congregation.
We are working with a local architect
and with members of our congregation
who are experienced in site preparation,
building and project management.
Initial improvements, utilities
and laying the foundation are
expected to be accomplished by
end of 2008. From there, we will be
actively working to provide walls,
the roof, the interior and the landscaping.
The building will be built to hurricane
code and elevated to defend against
flooding. It will be fully wheelchair
accessible. Our new church is being
designed in a classic Bahamian style.
We have set our budget at US$500,000.
There are numerous daily flights, and
straightforward sea routes, from
Florida to Abaco. Someone from
our Kirk family will be happy to meet
your plane or boat, help you get settled,
show you our building site and
accompany you to one of our church
services. We are actively fund-raising
on our own and your assistance would be
gratefully received. As well as your
financial, or material, donations, your
ideas and input are very welcome.
We have seen our congregation
steadily grow. With our own church
building, we expect to generate even
more attendance. Thank you for your
Christian generosity and prayers of
support and encouragement.
9AM Sunday Services are held at Forest Heights Academy. Call for a lift!
|Please send your tax deductible
charitable donation to:
Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church
3501 San Jose
Tampa, Florida 33629
Elder Veronica Sawyer
Phone: (242) 367-3643
Cell: (242) 357-6638