St Mary’s in a bind
MEMBERS of the congregation at St Mary’s Anglican Church are praying for divine intervention in a situation which has left the church in a financial bind.
Reports reaching the Barbados Nation indicated that for almost two years the church had been paying $2 300 monthly to rent a house for it’s new rector, Jilian Crawford, while the vicarage at Rock Dundo, St Michael, was being renovated.
However, that renovation was completed and the vicarage ready for occupation in July, but
Rev. Crawford is yet to move in.
A long-time member of the church pointed out that the rector had “demanded” cosmetic changes be made to the vicarage before she took up occupancy; but he lamented that the church had no money to do those things.
So fed-up is management at the church with the situation that they have threatened to pull the plug on the rental.
$50 000 loan
“The church borrowed $50 000 from the bank to undertake a total refurbishment of the vicarage,” the parishioner reported.
“The council informed the rector since July that the house was ready for occupancy and this was after the Diocese and the Archdeacon had approved the repairs which were carried out. However, the rector would not collect the keys even though the landlord was informed in October that the church would not be paying any more rent.”
It is understood that the hierarchy of the Anglican church has stepped in and requested that the council pay