The Gambia Christians Organization is a Gambian community of Christians residing in the United States of America with their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The association was created in 1993, established as a non-profit organization and registered in the State of Georgia. It has over sixty members.
The Mission of the Association is:
- To be responsive to all matters affecting our Christian Community
- To build a fund for a strong and vibrant Gambian Christian Community
- To be responsive to extraordinary circumstances affecting our Community
- To be supportive of Community religious activities
- To contribute materially to the social, Educational and Economic development of our Community
- To enhance Gambian Christian potential and earning power.
The GCO meets once a month for meetings. We also come together at major feast days to pray, celebrate and bond in fellowship, usually organized at a member’s house. Members strive to be more like Christ and encourage each other to offer ourselves selflessly to the fulfillment of our Mission. We do pay careful attention to participation in the Organization’s activities, attendance at meetings and payment of dues and contributions. These have kept the organization strong to this day.
The GCO’s home Parish is the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, Georgia. The Organization’s celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Assumption annually. This feast is also the Feast our home Diocese, The Gambia, West Africa. The occasion is very significant in the history of the organization because it brings together all Gambians, both Christians and our Muslim brothers & sisters, from all over the United States as well as visitors from abroad. The occasion is weekend long marked by a conference, worship in the sacramental celebration of the Eucharist and festivities. The Organization has as its Chaplain Fr. Guyma Noel from whom we seek spiritual advice and council.
Following the traditions of Gambian Christianity, the GCO consists of a Choir that plays a vital role in bridging the gap between Church traditions and Gambian traditions. The Gambia is made up of less than 9% Christians with Islam as its dominant religion. Gambian Christians, however, do have the freedom to practice Christianity.
The GCO, Atlanta Choir seeks to promote inculturation through our songs. We sing in many different languages of the Gambia: “Wollof, Serere, Jola, Manjango, Creole” to name a few. We also maintain our traditional Latin and English Hymns. The chorale group is the first Gambian choir established (1993) in the United States. We are available for Mass services, chorale performances, weddings, and festivals. The Choir has so far participated in numerous events, some of which are: choir performance at the Pan-African Festival, Macon, GA; Sang at Masses for International Day at St John Vianney Parish Church, Douglasville, GA and at Corpus Christi Parish Church, Stone Mountain, GA. We also participated at the Convocation ceremony for new students at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. The Choir recently participated at a cultural prayer service “Multicultural Explosion” at the Total Grace Church, Atlanta, and also performed at the Expo Africa cultural event held this October at the Georgia World Congress Center.
All Gambian Christians are welcome to join the Organization. We also extend our warm welcome to any Christian that wish to become part of us.
After 15 years of singing as a group the GCO Choir is in the process of transforming itself into a semi-professional Choral Group which will be performing at choir festivals with other African and International Choral Groups here in Atlanta.We will also be planning concerts at various Catholic Churches within the Archdiocese of Atlanta and other cities in the United States. Our goal is to produce a first CD which will feature some of our most popular songs as soon as it is possible. The Musical giant of traditional Senegambian christian hymns, Reme Jegan will hopefully be part of this effort.