The Church of St. David is a small Anglican church located in the east end of Toronto comprised of a congregation of mainly West Indians in origin. Over the last decade, KCOBA (Toronto) has joined with the St. David’s congregation to continue our Anglican tradition by participating in an annual service. Although, the leadership of the church has changed numerous times over the years, our members have always been made to feel welcome and at home each year.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, the date for the most recent service was particularly special as it marked the 40th anniversary of the Toronto chapter. The service started promptly at 10:00 am with the singing of the processional hymn “Descend O Holy Spirit”. Reverend Andrew Federle welcomed all present and singled out the KCOBA family for special mention with a reference to the purple and white ties worn by the old boys as well as the colours also being prominent in the attire of some of the female members of the extended KCOBA family.
Secretary Oliver Lopez read the word from ACTS 2:1-21. After the communion, President Lawrence Prendergast addressed the congregation, thanking them for their hospitality and the opportunity for joint fellowship. He then presented a cheque to Father Federle to assist the church with the youth scholarship program.
The recessional hymn “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” was followed by the dismissal “Go forth into the world rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit”, after which the gathering relocated to the basement to partake in refreshments courtesy of KCOBA (Toronto). This aspect is another long standing tradition of the event and affords the members of both organizations the opportunity to meet and greet each other. The meal consisted of jerk chicken, fish, festival, sandwiches, (local caterer), juice (provided by KCOB Alex Francis) and a cake (provided by KCOB Eddie Patterson). An impromptu rendition of the Jamaican National Anthem signalled the end of the proceedings after about an hour and a half of relaxation, pleasantries and reminiscing.