Beat of drums

21 November 2014

THERE was a strong African flavour to the confirmation service in St John's, Casablanca. Eighteen members of the church were confirmed during a Sunday service last month by the Suffragan Bishop in Europe, the Rt Revd David Hamid. The candidates came from Liberia, Nigeria, and Côte d'Ivoire.

Moving testimonies were given by three of the candidates about their journey into deeper faith and commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ, Bishop Hamid says. The music was accompanied by the beat of drums. A song, "It is Raining", about God's grace showering the people, and written by one of the African congregation, was sung as the people were sprinkled with holy water.

The celebration after the service was held in the grounds of the church with a feast of African dishes.

Bishop Hamid describes himself as "a Burmese Scot educated in Canada". For a while, he was the Anglican parish priest of Niagara, where, he says, they have the world's largest baptismal font (he doesn't say whether it is fed by the Falls). Before being consecrated Bishop in 2002, he was based in London as Director of Ecumenical Affairs for the Anglican Communion.

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