Groups by Country
St. Gabriel’s celebrates International Day with a special worship service on the last Sunday of September every year. Country groups get together and showcase their ethnicity mainly through attire and food. Around 1988, the members of many countries began having yearly friendly competitions to raise money towards our building fund. The country that brought in the most money on International Day was acknowledged as the winner for that year. After the mortgage was paid off, the countries began contributing sacrificial offerings on International Day. Today, country groups continue to be a major source of fundraising for the maintenance of the church. They also assist in outreach to members during illness, bereavement, or other circumstances; as well as observe their traditions and Independence Anniversaries.
To contact the head of a country, please call the church at (718)774-5248 and leave a message and phone number. The appropriate person will get back to you.
Antigua, Grenada and Barbuda GROUP
The Antiguans and Grenadians Group of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church comprises of approximately 25 persons. The mission of this group is to raise funds annually for the support of the Church. The fundraising activities include a Breakfast/Brunch on Palm Sunday and a weekend cruise in the summer.
These two islands also celebrate their independence at the respective dates, Grenada in February and Antigua in November with receptions for the entire congregation in a way of thanking everyone for their support through the year.
For more information, please reach out to Cynthia Daniel, through the church office.
The purpose of the Barbadian Group is to contribute to the financial stability, the success of the Church and the Community within.
Our Group has a “Care and Share” policy. This is done through major Fundraising Events such as:
- Annual Good Friday Fish Fry (April)
- Annual “All White Affair with a Touch of Color” (June)
- Annual Labor Day Outdoor Event (September)
- Several Bake Sales throughout the year.
The group also works in support of the spiritual needs of the Barbados Consulate, Barbados Diaspora, and assists in visiting the sick and supporting members at the passing of loved ones.
Our Meetings are held monthly to promote our upcoming Events.
For more information, please reach out to Ms. Marline Hinds, through the church office.
The Guyanese Group
Guyanese group of St. Gabriel’s participates in the spirituality, traditions, special projects and events of the church- Street Fair, International Day, Christmas Party, and other events. Every year we organize two main fundraising events toward church finances, and throughout the year we hold bake sales to supplement our sacrificial giving toward the Second Floor Mortgage Payment.
Meetings are held every third Sunday of the month at 10:30 am. in the Golden Hall.
For more information, please reach out to Keith Williams or Raymond Maynard, through the church office.
The Jamaican Group
The Jamaicans of St. Gabriel’s includes individuals who were born on the island of Jamaica, West Indies and children of parents who migrated to the United States. We are all Jamaicans who love and support this beautiful country. Although we are one of the smaller groups at St. Gabriel’s, we actively contribute to the annual Jamaica Independence Anniversary in August, annual Street Fair, and the annual International Day Celebration in September. We uplift each other and we welcome all to these celebrations.
For more information, please reach out to Lorna Blackwood through the church office.
The Panamanian Group
The Panamanians of St. Gabriel’s Church organize an annual Red Top Dance as our main fundraiser for the church. We also participate in the annual Summer Street Fair, International Day and other activities of the church, and celebrate our Independence Day.
For more information, please reach out to Richard Buery, through the church office.
Trinidad and Tobago Group
The Trinidadians and Tobagonians of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal church consists of about 32 members who come together to fellowship, raise funds, and support the church in every way possible. Our main fundraising activities each year include a Carnival Send-Off, “An Afternoon of Elegance Celebrating Mothers”, sale of snow cones during summer, and participation in St. Gabriel’s Street Fair. Other activities include the celebration of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence Anniversary with corporate communion and a celebratory BBQ luncheon with fellow parishioners, Father’s Day Luncheon, and sharing “Curry Q’ delicacies on International Day.
For more information, please reach out to Andrea Flynn, through the church office.
The United Countries Group
The United Countries’ Group consists of parishioners from St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla; St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, St. Lucia, Liberia, and the USA. The parishioners of these countries are too small in number to work independently on fundraising projects and celebrations. Fundraising events include an annual Prayer Breakfast since 2009 and a bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theatres in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Meetings are held on the 1st Sunday of every month especially when there is an upcoming event.
For more information, please reach out to Gloria Miller, through the church office.