The St Philip North Constituency is celebrating Barbados’ jubilee year in a big way.
The constituency office under the patronage of Member of Parliament Michael Lashley has planned a number of events in observance of the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations, chief among them a gospel concert in King George V Memorial Park this Sunday.
Government Senator David Durant has responsibility for the event, which is being held under the theme, “Thy Kingdom Come”.
“This gospel concert event is designed to be a source of encouragement and strength, bringing joy, peace, comfort and hope in this year of jubilee celebrations, that St Philip, along with all the other ten parishes, can enjoy a time of blessing, a time of strengthening each other as a nation,” Durant announced.
He explained that the theme was selected to inspire the country, particularly St Philip North, which was impacted by a number of tragedies within the last few months.
“It is hoped that the spiritual climate over St Philip amidst all the tragedies and all that we had in recent times can be changed . . . [and will] result in a spirit of solace, a spirit of strength and comfort, a spirit of healing and freedom as well over grief, over heaviness, especially to those who have suffered the loss of loved ones in recent times.
“We are hoping that this gospel concert being placed right here at the beginning of 2016 in the parish of St Philip will herald a release of God’s blessing and his abundance over this parish that will also be spread across the other parishes of our island,” said Durant, the head of Restoration Ministries.
A number of artistes are down to perform on the night, including Sister Marshall and the Barbados Music Award female and male Gospel Artistes of the Year Gozzy and Nisha Woods.
“We are trusting that Barbados on a whole will experience such a revival during this time since it is our 50th year, our Jubilee year. We have had seven lean years, I am trusting God that this can be the beginning of seven years of plenty,” he added.
Other events planned include a T20 celebrity cricket match and a movie night under the lights at King George V Park.