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Cathy O’Brien pictured with baby Maurice at the weekend.

Cathy O’Brien pictured with baby Maurice at the weekend.

Jundie Oki enjoys the Bodhran at the baby naming ceremony in the Westcourt

Jundie Oki enjoys the Bodhran at the baby naming ceremony in the Westcourt

Mary Oki and P. McDonnell pictured at the baby naming ceremony in the Westcourt.

Mary Oki and P. McDonnell pictured at the baby naming ceremony in the Westcourt.

Victory Chyioke enjoying her day in the Westcourt

Victory Chyioke enjoying her day in the Westcourt

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Cathy O’Brien pictured with baby Maurice at the weekend.

CULTURES combined and co-ordinated effortlessly at a recent baby naming ceremony and African dinner in Drogheda.

Over 150 colourful, musical and never mind Irish, African and East European guests mingled both in prayer and at dinner. Organised by The Solid Rock church which meets every Sunday morning in The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda from 11am - 1pm, the naming ceremony was in honour of two new born Irish African babies.

Welcomed into God’s community by pastor Tim Clarke, the two babies - Elizabeth and Maurice - were the stars of the show.

The mix of African and Irish music was incredible as bodhrán met drums, with Jackie Howard from Duleek leading the singing, accompanied by Tundie Oki from Africa.

An amazing selection of home cooked authentic African food ranging from fish in sauce, prawns in spinach, to knuckles of beef, served with rice and dough, was served by Mary Oki and her team, and was eagerly tasted by the Irish for the first time.

Desserts included sponges and puddings and tasty donuts.

The Solid Rock church, established in 1995, evolved from a number of other Christian groups in the town, and is affiliated to the Church of God International, USA, a Penticostal church.

It now hosts over a dozen nationalities at its prayer meeting every Sunday, including worshipers from Angola, Nigeria, Congo, Ghana, Romania, Russia, and Czechsolvakia.

Most non-nationals attending the service and celebratory meal live in St. Laurence Lodge, Drogheda, and in Mosney.

Up to their arrival, 75% of the church attendance was by Drogheda people. The Church has links with a Romanian sister church in Dublin, and with the New Horizons Faith Ministry in Blackrock, Dundalk. Bible classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday in Mosney.

Children are most welcome at services with a special Sunday school held during worship for younger members.

A typical week at The Solid Rock Church sees worship on Sunday morning (11am - 1pm) in The Westcourt Hotel; Monday a prayer meeting (7.30pm) in the Drop In Centre, Stockwell Street; Thursday morning (10.30am) a women’s meeting in the Drop In Centre, and a girls’ dance workshop in the centre (8pm), an evening women’s meeting in Stameen (7.30pm) and a men’s meeting in Brookville (7.30pm).

Friday is Ministry Training (7.30pm) in the Community Services Centre, Fair Street. For further information contact 041-9801801.


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