On Sunday 16th September 2018, the Leeds branch of the St Kitts and Nevis Association held a service of thanksgiving to mark the 35th anniversary of the independence of St Kitts and Nevis.
The theme of the service was “Growing Together, Bonded in Love”. The national flag was processed down the central aisle of the church at the start and at the end of the service. The Lord Mayor of Leeds was represented by Councillor Judith Elliot. Alex Mason represented the St Kitts and Nevis High Commissioner. Fr Nicholas, the priest in charge at St Martin’s welcomed the congregation and Bishop Tony Parry delivered the sermon. Revd Mark Harwood, the pastor at Roscoe Church gave the blessing and closing prayer.
Patsy from St Martin’s flower team, created a large floral arrangement which was displayed at the front of the church. The colours of the display echoed the red, yellow, black, green and white colours of the national flag of St Kitts and Nevis. With the exception of black silk flowers, fresh flowers and foliage were used in the arrangement. The red colours were represented by heliconias, anthuriums, carnations and roses. Yellow and green chrysanthemums reflected the flag’s yellow and green colours while the white stars on the flag were represented by lisianthus. Palm foliage highlighted the tropical nature of the display.
Altogether, the event was a happy and joyful thanksgiving.