28th August saw Ringsend came to life in a most unusual way, with singing, dancing and song. Part of áthas mór or great joy, this was a week of events run by Abundant Grace in Ringsend.
A whole host of activities were arranged, which included a tea dance for seniors with old-school music and dancing, a little karaoke and of course tea, lots and lots of tea.
There was a kids’ club running every day, which saw young ones being entertained with stories, crafts, games and competitions running for three hours every day, a very welcome service during the summer hols. There was a full-on pampering service for ladies and even a movie night to relive the old ‘Regal Nights’.
The presence of Eddie James and his ministries brought real colour to the week with his surprise performance by the library in Ringsend; seriously talented hip-hop dancers accompanied everything from rap to some more traditional gospel songs, all wafting over Raytown, much to the surprise and delight of onlookers and passersby.
Eddie’s ministry of 26 young people was on a two-day stop on their whistle-stop tour, one that sees Eddie and his talented followers visiting, among others, Germany, Israel and Northern Ireland.
A member of Abundant Grace explained to NewsFour about all the good work that their Pastor Sharon has been doing behind the scenes. “This is all part of our community outreach program. It’s not just here though, she has been encouraging unity between Northern and Southern Ireland. We’re not Protestant or Catholic, we’re just Christians. Eddie and his group will be heading for an event up there to try and do something to bring the sides closer together.”
An uphill task, but most definitely a worthy one, and NewsFour wishes them all the best.
By Steve Kingston