News, updates and announcements.
December 5, 2019
Each morning school assembles. This wakes us before setting to work
“Chaque matin nous faisons un activité sur la cour de l’ecole qui s’appel cercle matinale. C’est tres intéressant pour éveiller les enfants avant de commencer à travailler. Ça se fait à 7h 40 pour 8h00” – Clibert Massillon
October 9, 2019
Socio-political turmoil has come to a head in recent weeks. Street protests, barricades, burning tires, violent confrontations with some deaths have occurred. Many schools did not open on September 9th; St. Matthew’s alone in the region gallantly opened on time. Food for the Poor was unable to deliver supplies by September 16th. Fuel supplies have been disrupted. By the end of the month St Matthew’s too closed its doors under pressure to conform and want of the means to bring in the teachers. Our prayers are with all Haitians.
Stop press! St Matthew’s is open again
July 22, 2019
Hearty thanks to the following area businesses, which donated supplies and snacks to the 2019 Summer Camp at St. Matthew’s School in Bayonnais, Haiti. Please let them know how much Grace appreciates their generosity when you patronize these stores.
- A to Z Science and Learning Store, Northampton
- A.J. Hastings, Amherst
- Acme Surplus, Northampton
- Amherst Glass, Amherst
- Atkins Farm Country Market, Amherst
- Big Y, Hadley
- Captain Candy, Northampton
- Deals and Steals, Northampton
- Home Depot, Hadley
- Maple Farm Foods, Hadley
- River Valley Market, Northampton
- Stop and Shop, Hadley
- Trader Joe’s, Hadley
- Target, Hadley
- Walmart, Hadley
June 2, 2019
Our intrepid counsellors are all set, ready to go. Thank you for contributions of supplies – in kind and cash.
November 15, 2018
Summer camps in Bayonnais have been fun and rewarding for all participants, for kids at St Matthew’s newly exposed to the arts and to counsellors from the USA. Let’s think ahead to next summer; could you be a counsellor ?
September 15, 2018
August 4, 2018
47 pairs of shoes, THANKS to TED’S BOOT SHOP of Northampton. Shoes are required for school attendance.
a computer and printer THANKS to READER to READER of Amherst. Much needed to facilitate administration
and THANKS to Meg Holladay for lugging them there.
May 25, 2018
It was in the spring of 2008 that Grace Church first engaged to support the school of Saint Matthew’s in Bayonnais, Haiti. This spring, 2018, to mark the decade of partnership, the current priest, Rev. Joseph Tancrel Diegue paid a visit for a celebratory gathering of Grace and St. John’s.
We worshipped together, gave thanks together, and debated and dined together.
We recounted successes, recognized deficiencies and faced challenges of the future.
Marion Rosenau & Lisa Lukas for the banner; Nancy Lowry for images, and Meg Holladay for daylong unflagging interpretation kreyòl-English-kreyòl.
November 20, 2017
John Stifler, writer,educator, and Grace parishioner accompanied our two student counsellors to Bayonnais this summer, CLICK HERE for what he has to say.
August 13, 2017
Forty children from St. Matthew’s school have been singing, dancing, and drumming under the guidance of John Stifler from Grace Church, Veronica Israel and Fynta Sidime from Hampshire College and three Haitian teachers. Painted scenery, costumes, and performance of the stage production that capped the camp session entranced the residents of Bayonnais. We are grateful for substantial grants from the Global Missions program of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and from the Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy, for underwriting the costs of the camp. Delta Airlines waived certain baggage fees for some 300 pounds of art supplies and snacks which were donated by members of the Grace Church congregation and the following local businesses:
Atkins Farms Country Market
Big Y, Amherst
Deals & Steals
Maple Farm Foods
River Valley Market
Stop & Shop, Hadley
Trader Joe’s, Hadley
Thanks to you all! Without you, the camp couldn’t have happened.
April 21, 2017
In 2016 the four new class rooms were opened to accommodate the rising enrollment in the upper grades. The preschool and lower grades continued crowded in the old goat shed and the sanctuary of the church. Happily, the generosity of our donors to the building fund now allows refurbishment of the ‘Little Schoolhouse’
March 17, 2017
New classrooms, new teachers, and as always as at any good school – EXAMINATIONS !! Here our students set to
Good luck kids!
March 13, 2017
The new classroom building is rapidly becoming a center for other activities. in January Health4Haiti, extending their annual mission from Gonaives, held a health clinic. Now the youth of St Basile celebrate Mardi Gras/Carnaval. Thus a successful project binds and develops communities.
November 18, 2016
Would you like to help the children of rural Haiti? We will again be holding a two week summer camp in the arts at St Matthew’s, Bayonnais. Past camps have been a resounding success for the kids and for the counsellors –such as you. Download descriptions and applications for the two positions below
kreyol-appl-2017 for student with good kreyòl
grace-appl-2017 for an adventurous spirit willing to learn
October 1, 2016
Mirabile dictu the new classrooms, a-building since the spring, were inaugurated in conjunction with the celebration of the feast day of St. Matthew. What a wondrous community celebration! Our thanks go especially to Fr Tancrel Diègue and school principal, Clibert Massillon, who have put in months of strenuous work to ensure that this project has been completed in time and on budget.
More details here: grace-notes-report
July 24, 2016
Yes, the new classrooms are nearing completion; enrollment is going to be at least 130. We need to gather supplies. Can you help?
April 19, 2016
January 2, 2016
Cheer your winter discontent. Don’t dine 0ut, dine in! Your savings go to support our partner, l’école St. Matthieu.
The theme: roots! in menu and cuisines
Enjoy the produce of our good earth and kitchen traditions of our cooks.
Saturday, January 16th, 6 pm. Parish Hall, Grace Church. $15 /adult, under 12s free. Cash bar.
June 1, 2015
On May 23rd, again, Alice Ivy-Pemberton donated her musicianship to the cause of children in Bayonnais. This time she brought three friends in the form of THE ERIS STRING QUARTET. All four performers are newly selected Kovner fellows about to attend the prestigious Juilliard School. Thank you Alice, Abigel, Daniel and Jasper! Rave reviews pour in!
February 13, 2015
Friends of St Matthieu gathered to sample and cheer the culinary works of master cooks of chowder and chocolate in a mid-winter fundraiser. Extraordinary, delicious offerings –recipes to follow. Many thanks to the chefs, helpers, and clearers. Our appetites sated and the the children of St Matthieu more securely supported. Thanks to all who joined the fun.
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