Thanks­giv­ing mes­sage with a twist

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS - By TY­RONE ROACH

BAR­BA­DI­ANS FLOCKED from all over the UK to All Saints Church, Read­ing, Berks, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 1, for the ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing in cel­e­bra­tion of Bar­ba­dos 52nd year of In­de­pen­dence.

The church is sit­u­ated in a tree-lined square; so on a chilly win­ter af­ter­noon it pre­sented a pic­ture of gloom. As you got closer the melodic sounds of a steel pan played by Jeff Hinds and the chat­ter of the ush­ers pro­vided by Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion and Friends Read­ing and the Na­tional Coun­cil of Bar­ba­dian As­so­ci­a­tions cre­ated an am­bi­ence of Bar­ba­di­ans gath­ered.

NCBA chair­per­son Norma Par­ris led the pro­ces­sion in, while Res­i­dent Vicar Jo Wil­liams led the clergy as the con­gre­ga­tion sang At The Name Of Je­sus Every Knee Shall Bow. She wel­comed the at­ten­dees to the parish be­fore the of­fi­ci­at­ing min­is­ter Rev­erend Bev­er­ley Hunt started pro­ceed­ings.

In­de­pen­dence theme

As the Bar­ba­dos Na­tional Flag ap­proached, one could not but ad­mire the ex­e­cu­tion of the slow march and pre­ci­sion of move­ment by for­mer Bar­ba­dos Scout leader Colvin King as he pre­sented the flag to Rev­erend Hunt. This was fol­lowed by the singing of the Bar­ba­dos Na­tional An­them.

Now Thank We All Our God was THE CON­GRE­GA­TION at the na­tional ser­vice. the first hymn on the pro­gramme, fol­lowed by the first read­ing

( 1 Corinthi­ans 12: 12-30, 24-36), done by Rod­ney. The sec­ond read­ing ( 1 Colos­sians: 1,6,9,12) was done by ex-mayor Ed­die Grif­fith.

In her ser­mon Rev. Hunt used the theme of in­de­pen­dence. She re­called her trav­el­ling alone as a young woman from Bar­ba­dos to Bri­tain on a BOAC plane to study nurs­ing.

She linked the in­de­pen­dence of those early years and her chal­lenges in Bri­tain to the tri­als of Bar­ba­dos since it gained its own In­de­pen­dence from Eng­land.

Af­ter the In­ter­ces­sions,

Bishop of Read­ing An­drew Proud made the in­tro­duc­tion to the peace, which ush­ered in a time of greet­ing oth­ers.

Dur­ing the of­fer­tory, Judy Vaughan and choir­mas­ter Ter­rence Ne­blett led the New Tes­ta­ment Church Of God Choir in a se­ries of gospel songs. In true gospel style, with tam­bourines ac­com­pa­nied by the whole church, they heartily sang

A Lit­tle More Oil In My Lamp, Lay Down My Bur­den, When We All Get To Heaven and The Glory Of The Lord Is Com­ing Down.

It was a sight to be­hold as the con­gre­ga­tion and clergy sand and swayed to the in­fec­tious sounds.

Deputy High Com­mis­sioner Rev­erend Charles Mor­ris then read the In­de­pen­dence Day mes­sage be­fore the singing of the hymn

I Vow To Thee, My Coun­try.

Be­fore the flag was re­trieved, Par­ris thanked all those who were in­volved in the ser­vice.

THE New Tes­ta­ment Church Choir.

(Pic­tures by Ty­rone Roach.)

DEPUTY HIGH COM­MIS­SIONER Rev. Charles Mor­ris meet­ing the pub­lic.

COLVIN KING pre­sent­ing Bar­ba­dos’ Na­tional Flag to Rev. Bev­er­ley Hunt.

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