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.