From Kingston To Kingsview, Washington Gardens Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary
Written by: Shirley Richards | Wednesday, August 1, 2018
August 4, 2018 will be celebrated as Emancipendence Sabbath by the Washington Gardens SDA Church. This year the celebration has been taken to another level as the church, which is in full gear with its 60th- Anniversary celebration under the theme, “Growing Stronger… Reaching Higher’ will be worshipping in two locations.
In keeping with the aim to reunite members across the diaspora and from all decades of the church’s existence, a series of overseas reunion services have been held. The first was held in Florida, USA in March and the second in New York, USA in June. Both were highly successful and lauded as a true foretaste of heaven.
The grand finale in the series of overseas reunion services will be held on August 4 at the Kingsview Village SDA Church in Toronto, Canada. The date of the celebration was strategically chosen to coincide with the celebration of Jamaica’s Independence. This will undoubtedly add even more Jamaican flavour to the day’s activities which will see current and past members and associates joining with the body of Canadian believers of the host church and civic leaders in a not to be missed event.
Anticipation of the day’s activities is rising high among the large Jamaican delegation which has been steadily growing, members from other parts of North America who will also be attendance and the Canadian contingent of overseas Washingtonites. Divine Service Speaker, Dr Leacroft Green is in high gear and waiting to deliver the message in his signature style. Other highlights of the day’s service will include renditions from the specially constituted choir which will sing an old favourite of many WGSDA members, “Let Mount Zion Rejoice”, singer par excellence Shree-Ann Simon and musical prodigy, violinist Leah Flynn, who is a third generation SDA with roots in the Washington Gardens church. Leah’s vast experience, natural talent and connection with other accomplished musicians have contributed to the high quality of music which she has been producing. Her input is expected to add to the rich spiritual experience of the day.
At the local church, the day’s emancipendence celebration will continue the high spiritual tone that has been experienced throughout the three weeks of the recently concluded (YES) Youth Empowerment Series. As members and visitors don their national colours to add the Jamaican flavour to the day’s emancipendence celebration on August 4, the church will also participate in the East Jamaica Conference earmarked Day of Prayer for the Nation.
In addition to rich musical renditions from local and visiting singers, an inspiring message is expected from Pastor Joseph Smith of the Northern Caribbean University. A friendly welcome, warm fellowship and rich blessing await all worshippers.
The 60th Anniversary celebration of the church has enabled old friendships to be rekindled and commitments renewed to be a part of the grand reunion of all times, a meeting which no one wants to be miss. As the church worships in both locations, no one needs to miss the services as the local service may be viewed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wgsdachurch/ while the service in Toronto will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aO2PaPKtkI&feature=youtu.be
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