Sheila Tait

On the day that my parents and I moved into the neighbourhood, my father went for a walk “to reconnoitre” and announced the discovery of an Anglican Church within walking distance. And so began our association with St. Olave’s. As staunch Anglicans in Jamaica, both parents were highly involved members of two parishes including one with the third oldest church (founded 1671, present building erected 1715 with an organ dated from 1867 and said to be the oldest in the Commonwealth Caribbean.)

The “comfortable words” of the Book of Common Prayer made the integration in St. Olave’s seamless. My parents appreciated the hospitality of and involvement in a ‘community’ church. They understood and we discussed the necessity for consistent financial contribution and support, the continuing demands of maintaining a historical beautiful building and the need for good stewardship.

I treasure the liturgy, the variety of religious experiences, the music, evensong, Lenten and other series, the outreach to and inclusion of other congregations, our parishioners and the ministry and fellowship of faith-filled women.

St. Olave’s gives me the ideal opportunity for worship, fellowship, learning and service.

Sheila is a former Warden at St. Olave’s and currently serves as our Property Chair.