Barbadians and visitors of all faiths are being encouraged to come out and celebrate 48 years of Independence and give thanks for achieving this milestone, during the National Independence Church Service.

Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett, made the call today during a press briefing at his Ministry???s Warrens, St. Michael office, to discuss the service.

He noted that it would be held on Sunday, November 30, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), at 4:00 p.m., under the theme: Strength, Hope and Healing through Unity.

???The theme was specifically chosen to reflect the importance of being hopeful in spite of the financial and economic challenges that the country is facing at this time, and of course we are eagerly anticipating a re-emergence of Barbados,??? he explained.

Mr. Blackett added that during the service, there will be prayers dedicated to the Health of the Nation, Youth, Government, Family Life and Unity. There will also be an 80-member mass choir, and cultural presentations by the Darryl Jordan Secondary Steel Orchestra, Blackman and Gollop Primary School, the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and the Louise Woodvine Dance Academy, among others.

The service will be conducted by priest at the St. David???s Anglican Church, Canon Noel Burke.??Persons attending the service are advised that there will be a special bus service in the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal to take them to the LESC.

Alternatively, those driving can park their vehicles at Sky Mall in Haggatt Hall, St. Michael; the Barbados Community College, Howells Cross Road, St. Michael; or the Garfield Sobers Complex, Wildey, St. Michael, and board one of the shuttles there which will take them to the LESC.

Tickets for the service are available from the Ministry of Social Care, Fourth Floor, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael; Government Headquarters, Bay Street; St. Michael; and the Public Libraries at Independence Square and Holetown. They may also be collected from the following post offices: West Terrace, Speightstown, Oistins, Six Roads and Cheapside.

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