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35th Annual Independence State Service scheduled Sept. 16

The 35th Annual Independence State Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at St. George’s Anglican Church.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– Hundreds of worshippers are expected to attend the Annual Independence State Service held at St. George’s Anglican Church on Sunday, Sept. 16 when they will give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon the St. Kitts and Nevis Federation during the past 35 years.

Celebrations for Independence are being held under the theme “Love, Service, Patriotism and Pride: Independence 35.”

The service brings together worshipers from all walks of life to commemorate when the twin-island Federation became a sovereign state on September 19, 1983. The interdenominational service is widely regarded by many in St. Kitts and Nevis society as a special event that provides an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past and look forward to the promise of tomorrow.

“The Order of Worship in Celebration of and with Thanksgiving for the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis – 35th Anniversary of Independence” notes that there will be presentations by leaders from various churches in St. Kitts and Nevis. The sermon will be delivered by Bishop Charles A Seaton, President and General Superintendent of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas, Leeward Islands District Conference.

Scriptures will be read by the Honourable Prime Minister and the Right Honourable Leader of the Opposition. Governor General, His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, Members of Parliament, senior government officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps, other dignitaries, officials from first response agencies, and members of the general public are expected to attend the 5 p.m. service.

The Order of Service was prepared by the St. Kitts and Nevis Christian Councils and Evangelical Associations in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.