Last Saturday, 20th September, was a Saturday night with a difference at Uig Community Centre when an 80-strong group of Nigerians from the international City of God Church in Aberdeen came to visit, bringing their lively and spectacular African Gospel Concert to this remote corner of Lewis.
To the music of the saxophone, the beat of drums and the clashing of cymbals, their choir and soloists poured their hearts out in their inimitable style of praise, encouraging the audience to join in and raise the roof with a huge volume of sound.
There was drama too, a heart-rending version of, ‘The Widow of Nain’, performed by Kingdom Theatre players.
On arrival, the Nigerian group were welcomed with a soup and sandwich meal, prepared by the Community Centre Cafe. When the performance halted midway for the interval, everyone in the Hall was treated to a lavish supper provided by the linked congregations of Uig and Bernera.
This interdenominational event was part of City of God’s, ‘Mission to the Islands’ of 18th – 21st September, which included Revival meetings in Stornoway Town Hall, music in the Streets, breakfast meetings for Church Leaders and prayer walks and visits across the town.