I’ve been privileged to be a part of an African church for several years. I must say that no two days are the same and there is always something to make you giggle, always. Below I’ve shared just some of the unique things about attending or growing up in an African church
1.Hymns are subject to various types of remixes – hymns are usually quite sombre songs but I have heard hymns on the keyboard, with a talking drum, with beats and on the saxophone – and all suprisingly quite good too.
2. Any excuse to dance is welcomed with open arms – during the offering, if the pastor wants a dance session, if someone is bringing their new baby to church, if someone has a testimony, the list goes on
3. “Offering time = blessing time”, “Testimony time =blessing time”, “up up Jesus = down down satan” are some of the more popular phrases that everyone knows.
4. The service is liable to run over stated time once in a while
5. You don’t really need a background in music to join the music ministry – all you need is a willing heart and a voice (whatever it sounds like)
6. New years eve aka crossover night is mandatorily spent at church
7. Sunday service requires your Sunday best – so best outfit, shoes, hair, make up, only the best for God’s house
8. Testimony givers will most likely sing a song unless warned otherwise
9. Attending an African church gives you non biological mandatory family who will expect invitations to all major life events
10. Mum or dad making a night vigil compulsory is pretty much iron clad – whether or not you feel like it or not
11. Special church occasions mean Jollof Rice, fried rice, cake, drinks or all of the above
12. The service always ends with “the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God…..” always.
These are the few I can think of. Do you have any other ones? Share them below!
Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
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Happy Easter Sunday!
On this beautiful day (the snow chilled for today) we celebrate the resurrection and the life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!
I’m on placement (again) so I spent my Easter Sunday live streaming from the Mars Hill website and their Easter Sunday service. It was beautiful; a beautiful message about what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross of Calvary and how is being alive, even right now, gives us a hope and a future. I was able to watch some people declare their faith by getting baptised…live on air – amazing! Do check out Mars Hill (This isn’t a sponsored ad or anything…I just think they have an amazing church and have a real love for Christ!. They are live streaming services throughout today – so if you didn’t make church today…..check them out!
I feel this day is beautifully summarised in this beautiful song titled “In Christ Alone” (I’m sure you know it already!) Written by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty. My favourite verse (though I love them all) is the final and the second to last verse:
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine \”“
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
I think they sum up perfectly what we celebrate and remember today and what we hope for.
In light of today, I wanted to share with you a story I wrote a couple of years ago. It isn’t finished yet, but I felt it was appropriate for today. It is titled “The Love Story”, and it is Gods love story to us.
So please feel free to enjoy it and most importantly remember … God loves you !
Happy Easter Sunday Once Again
Happy Sunday everyone, and Mothers Day too!
another short randomie
I was in church today, during the praise and worship, then it dawned on me…….. how come the instrumentalists are always (well mostly) guys? Can’t women play instruments? And how come all (or most) of the choir members and worship leaders and soloists are always women? I know for a fact there are plenty of guys who sing in church, and very well too. This isn’t just in my church here, thinking about it, most, if not all the churches I’ve attended in the last
10 years , actually all my life have this structure going on. The most ironic thing being I saw more of an even spread of both sexes doing each thing in church in Nigeria while on holiday.
The conclusion is men are scared to sing and women are scared to play instruments!
Sorted (Y) xxx