Thanksgiving message with a twist
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.
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.
DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER Rev. Charles Morris meeting the public.
COLVIN KING presenting Barbados’ National Flag to Rev. Beverley Hunt.