Prime Minister Harris (third right) with, from left, Manasses Huggins, Craig Tuckett, Christophe Greaux, Myrtilla Williams, and Warren Thompson in church.
Prime Minister Harris receives a plaque with words of Father’s Day appreciation from his goddaughter, Vionyah Matthew. The child’s mother, Shermel Cumberbatch, looks on.
The Rev. Ericsson Cumberbatch welcomes Prime Minister Harris and members of his team to the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Molineux.
Prime Minister Harris (third right) with, from left, Manasses Huggins, Craig Tuckett, Christophe Greaux, Myrtilla Williams, and Warren Thompson in church.
The Rev. Spencer Watts, district superintendent for the Wesleyan Holiness Church in the St. Kitts and Nevis District, delivers a Father’s Day special message.
Prime Minister Harris addresses the congregation before distributing special Father’s Day certificates of recognition and token issued by the Peoples Labour Party.
Fathers line up to receive their certificates, with ‘Father No. 1’ of the moment, the Rev. Spencer Watts, leading the line.
Prime Minister Harris specifically singled out one of the fathers for special acknowledgement – Simeon ‘Cuban’ Liburd.
Prime Minister Harris accompanied by family and PLP members as he leaves the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Molineux after the special Father’s Day service.

PM attends special Father’s Day service, salutes all father figures

From PLP PR Media Inc.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – On June 17, the day celebrated internationally as Father’s Day, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris joined scores of worshippers at the Wesleyan Holiness Church in Molineux for a special service to honour fathers.

Welcoming the prime minister – who also serves as the local area parliamentary representative – was the Rev. Ericsson Cumberbatch, a local pastor, while the thought-provoking sermon on fatherhood was delivered by the Rev. Spencer Watts, district superintendent for the Wesleyan Holiness Church in the St. Kitts and Nevis District.

Prime Minister Harris, who is the national political leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) – one of the three parties in the ruling Team Unity Administration – was given the task of honouring fathers who had attended the church service. He presented each of them with a certificate of recognition and a token of appreciation on behalf of the Youth Arm of the PLP, which had worked in conjunction with the church to hold the service.

The first certificate was presented to PLP’s Youth Arm Representative Manasses Huggins for his tireless efforts to ensure the first PLP Father’s Appreciation event was a success. The prime minister also took time to thank all women who have been taking care of their children in the absence of a father figure at home. He indeed thanked all father figures in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

In a national message issued by the prime minister’s press secretary, Valencia Grant, early Sunday morning, Prime Minister Harris said: “Today, our nation’s fathers are being celebrated and honoured by children and families whose lives are blessed by their unfailing presence, protection and positive example.”

Harris observed that as a man who was raised by highly supportive parents, and who is now the proud father of two young ladies, he understood that the consistent giving of discipline, time and love is essential to building strong, healthy parent-child relationships that can last through adulthood and adversity. He added that it is also the key to raising children to become productive, happy and responsible adults.

“It is my wish, therefore, that all the loving, dedicated fathers whom we know and pay tribute to today would find a little time to mentor other fathers and also serve as a trusted father figure whenever an adult relative of a child asks for their help and expertise,” he said. “On behalf of the government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis, I commend and acknowledge all of our federation’s fathers and father figures for their significant role in shaping and safeguarding our society’s future.”

The PLP national political leader was accompanied by PLP National Chairman Warren Thompson, National Secretary Myrtilla Williams, Deputy National Chairman Craig Tuckett, Deputy National Secretary Christophe Greaux, Youth Arm representatives Huggins and Damian Weekes, Women’s Arm representative Sonia Henry, PLP founding member William Phillip and various PLP constituency branch executives.

In paying homage to Prime Minister Harris for being an outstanding father figure to all the youth of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Trevlyn Stapleton, a member of Constituency No. 7 Branch Youth Arm of the Peoples Labour Party, quoted Sue Skeen: “A father is God’s chosen one to lead the family and point it to His will for life of love and harmony.”