Welcome / About Us

Welcome - About Us

The venerable Kingston Parish Church has been shaping the spiritual lives of residents of Kingston and the wider Jamaica for over three centuries. The Church's presence was being felt in the community from as early as the mid-1690s. However, it took the cataclysmic Port Royal earthquake of 1692 for the church to be established in the newely founded city of Kingston, which succeeded Port Royal as the commercial epicentre of the island. Lands were apportioned by then Govenor of the island, Sir William Beeston, for the erection of the structure along the popular King Street artery.

The Kingston Parish Church, the first Anglican Church to be completed in Kingston prior to the eighteenth century, was permanently established by 1722.

In the intervening one hundred and eighty-five years, the Church experienced tremendous spiritual and physical growth. Its importance to the community of Kingston became firmly entrenched because of its various outreach programmes.

In 1907, the fate that befell Port Royal threatened to become Kingston's as well; another devastating earthquake resulted in extensive damage being done to the city. The Kingston Parish Church was not spared. However, the structure's restoration was quick. It was reconstructed, reconsecrated and dedicated to St.Thomas, the Apostle, in 1911.

Today, the Kingston Parish Church continues to serve as a refuge for those assailed by spiritual and material challenges. By partnering with a host of area schools and social clubs the Church is able to mobilize all available resources to address the many needs that exist. Fundamental Christian principles of loving, caring and sharing are the ethos from which the Church will never depart.

Welcome / Meet the Clergy

Welcome - Meet the Clergy

The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor, Rector.
An unusual feature of life at the Kingston Parish Church is that we have a Bishop as our Rector. Bishop Taylor has served as the Bishop of the Virgin Islands and as vicar bishop of New York City. He brings a passion for evangelism, bible study, youth care and training and rich liturgical worship. He has been the rector since June 2009.

The Reverend, Father Khan Honeyghan.

Fr Honeyghan served his year as a deacon (July 2010-July 2011) at the Kingston Parish Church. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood on July 3, 2011 and his ministry focuses largely on the youth; teenagers and young adults; especially in the area of music.

Ministries / Children

Ministries - Children

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in Sunday school which meets in the church hall at 8:00am on Sundays On the fourth Sunday of each month the Sunday school joins in the Eucharist and on special occasions, the children participate in reading, songs, recitations and other activities. Many of the children participate in the church's steel band (The Musical Apostles); the drummers and the altar servers

Ministries / Young Adults

Ministries - Young Adults

Young Adults ages 18-25, meet for study, discussion, mutual edification and recreation under the guidance of the Curate, Fr. Honeyghan

Ministries / Men

Ministries - Men

“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)
It is a widely held perception that our men are failing to honour the responsibilities placed on them by God. Our men’s ministry aims to equip our men with the spiritual tools they need to walk proudly in their purpose. We provide the counsel and guidance required for our men to grow into model fathers, husbands and citizens.

Ministries / Women

Ministries - Women

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
Proverbs 31:10 (KJV)
Our women are the bedrock of the Kingston Parish Church. Their work is central to the successful accomplishment of the social initiatives we undertake within the community. As they selflessly give unto us, we accordingly seek to give unto them through various initiatives.

Ministries / Fellowship

Ministries - Fellowship

The Choir:
The music of the church is an essential part of the life of our church's witness. We have a hardworking, effective choir which constantly needs new voices. We encourage persons who value this ministry to come and join, so that our services may be further enriched. Sometime soon we hope to have a children's choir when we have someone who can oversee that very important ministry. Can you or someone you know help to get this moving?

The Musical Apostles Steel Band:
One of the finest steel bands in the city of Kingston is the Musical Apostles Steel Band. This group was organized and developed by the Kingston Parish Church, and most of the members are baptized, confirmed and communicant members of the church. This band comprising about twenty nine (29) persons consists primarily of teenagers. It was started in December 2009 and is under the musical leadership of Mr. Dwight Mcbean who supervises the weekly training sessions.

The Steel Band has received high praise for its performance and receives many requests to perform at public functions. The work of maintaining discipline and providing training is a very demanding one but is being pursued in spite of numerous odds because of the promise which its affords to so many inner city children. This ministry is very costly so that much of the financial resources must be raised from special efforts and from the gifts of persons who wish to support this work, in addition to the financial support of the Kingston Parish Church.

New recruits are always welcome for training and we accept them as our limited resources will allow. The band plays regularly at the Sunday mass, usually on the last Sunday of the month.

The Altar Servers:
This group of young men and young women assist the priest at all services. They offer a very important ministry to enable the services to be offered to the glory of God with dignity and efficiency. There is always need for servers as many of our young people move away to College and University.

Ministries / Missions

Ministries - Missions

The Mission and Evangelism Ministry:
An energetic and dedicated body of lay persons trained and supported by sister Molly Walton C.A conduct a weekly Evangelistic Ministry in three different areas downtown in the vicinity of the Kingston Parish Church i.e. Foster Lane, Charles Street and Gold Street. Each Sunday afternoon services are held in one of the three locations, with emphasis on winning persons for Jesus Christ.

Much work is done among the children similar to a Sunday school and parents join in. There is an average of forty five to fifty adults and children who attend in each area, and the group of men and women who organize and conduct this mission work is under the leadership of Mrs Everlyn Craig-Brown. The people who are served by this ministry develop a relationship with the regular congregation at the Kingston Parish Church and so are gradually being integrated into the fellowship of the Church family

After-School Academic Programme:
A number of children 10-18 years of age meet two afternoons each week to pursue an intensive course in reading, writing and mathematics. This programme is intended to improve the skills of the children in these three areas of studies so that they may excel in all other areas study. This programme is only a few months old and adults who are skilled in these areas are encouraged to assist. All help given in this programme is voluntary and sponsors for the children are invited to “adopt a child”.

An afternoon snack is provided and in some cases bus fare is provided. The programme is currently under the supervision of the Rector who teaches the students but as the programme grows, he plans to hand over the work to lay assistants.

Ministries / Evangelism

Ministries - Evangelism

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Events / Regular Worship

Events - Regular Worship

The life of the Kingston Parish Church is centred around the celebration of the Holy Eucharist which is celebrated twice each Sunday and at noon on Wednesdays. At midday on Tuesdays and on Thursday there is a short devotion designed especially for persons who work downtown. At other times there are celebrations of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate special events like:- Holy Days, National Holidays, etc.

Day Rite/Event Time
Sunday Holy Eucharist and Sermon
Sung Eucharist and Sermon
Sunday School (Church Hall)
contemporary Morning Prayer
6:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday Lunch Hour Devotion 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday Mass at Mid week
Choir Practice
12:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Events / Other Services

Events - Other Events

Holy Baptism, Holy Matrimony, The Reconciliation of Penitents (Confessions). Preparation for Holy Confirmation, Visitation of the Sick, Interviews and Counseling may all be arranged by appointment with the members of the KPC Clergy, who are only too happy to meet with you. Please refer to Contacts section for contact details for Clergy and availability.

Our Sunday services are the cornerstone of the Kingston Parish Church’s spiritual life. A profound and ethereal experience is always in the offing as we share and reflect upon the divine Word of God, while partaking of the sacrament. This holistic programme of spiritual nourishment proceeds as follows every blessed Sunday:

Rite/Event Time
Holy Eucharist & Sermon 6:30 a.m.
Sung Eucharist & Sermon 8:00 a.m.
Special Group Meetings 10:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer & Sermon for Special Events 10:30 a.m.
Area Mission Services 3:30 p.m.
Events / Calendar

Events - Calendar

The Kingston Parish Church’s annual calendar of events is laden with activities oriented to address all the needs – whether spiritual or material – of our adherents and members of the wider community. We extend a cordial invitation to all and sundry who would like to involve themselves with any of our annual events and activities.

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Media / Press

Media - Press

Media / Photos

Media - Photos

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Media / Videos

Media - Videos


Contact / Map & Directions

Contact - Map & Directions

The Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle
The Parish Church of Kingston

70b King Street, Kingston
Jamaica, West Indies
Tel: (876)-922-6888, (876)-948-0065
Email: kgnpchurch@cwjamaica.com

The Parish Church Rectory

1 Upper Carmel Avenue,
Cherry Gardens,
Kingston 8
Tel: (876)-978-6606

The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor

Mailing address
p.o. box 2490, Kingston 8
Jamaica, West Indies
Cell: (876)-385-8294

Assistant Curate

Rev.Khan Honeyghan
Cell: (876)-867-0348

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