Friday, 7 September 2018

Roger's September eNews

Hi Everyone – Christmas may seem a little way off, but choir trainers, ministers, organists, etc, will already be working on the seasonal programme. So, a reminder of CMM’s Christmas musicals: 


I passionately believe in the value and purpose of these works to encourage, reach and teach, and they are all available from our CMM site, (music books, recordings, etc) as well as on Kindle, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, etc.

Do see our full colour Summer Newsletter for details of upcoming events, diary, publications, etc, well into 2019.

There is also our CMM EVENTS FACEBOOK page, which lists our activities and encourages you to comment, etc.

This month we have a number of exciting things in our Diary:
Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, East Devon (Roger & team)
Ring 01395 515104 – there may still be places left!
15-16 we WILDFIRE – Weston-super-Mare (Annie & Roger) 

23 Sun WILDFIRE – Eccleshall (Annie) 

29 Sat JAIRUS’ DAUGHTER - Cricklade United Church (Annie) 

30 Sun Roger preaching at Grenfell Baptist, Ward End 1030
with Phil Pattison – this is the 60th Anniversary of Roger & Phil’s friendship!

Our HEART & SOUL radio programme (6-8pm every Wednesday on South Birmingham Radio) is going really well. We hope you listen to it live, but you can catch-up on Sound Cloud or via the CMM Blog. We play lots of varied Christian music and welcome a whole array guests with amazing stories.
Those using iPhones, Smartphones, etc, can also use the Simple Radio app.

Bless you all! 

Roger interviewing Paul Nash at Heart & Soul

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

What must I do to be saved?

The article below comes from a leaflet that accompanies the musical Jail Break.  At the end of the performance this is ideal to give out to people enquiring about how to become a Christian or what the gospel message means.

What must I do to be saved?

By Peter H Lawrence
Illustrations by Drew Snell

Paul and Silas are in prison praying and singing hymns at midnight despite having been flogged a few hours earlier. 'Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken - the prison doors flew open - and everybody's chains came loose.' (Acts 16:25,26)

The jailer knew he would be executed if the prisoners escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself, when Paul shouted at him 'Don't harm yourself! We are all here!' (Acts 16:28)

In the middle of the night, immediately after the earthquake, there would have been mess, confusion and darkness, but Paul's shouts achieved their aim. The jailer lit some torches, took them outside and then asked the big question:
'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' (Acts 16:30)

Undoubtedly the jailer was asking about how he could save his own skin, physically. Now that the prisoners were all free he'd basically had it but Paul, the gifted evangelist, is not going to miss an opportunity like this.
'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,' replies Paul, giving a spiritual answer to a physical question.

Having been told to believe in Jesus he then listened to Paul and Silas who told him all about Jesus. He was then baptised and filled with joy. Later Paul and Silas voluntarily returned to jail so that the jailer was not executed but became a member of the new Christian church in Philippi. If we want to
know what we have to do to be saved the answers are all in this story. (Acts 16:16-40)

Believe in the Lord Jesus
Jesus created the earth. (John 1:1) He became flesh by being born at Bethlehem, lived a perfect life, died, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven from where he sends the Holy Spirit to his followers and where he is preparing a place for all who love him. One day Jesus will return to judge the world.

In short - Jesus is Lord.

It is a lot to take in so you may need time to think about it or read the story in the New Testament first before deciding if you can believe in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Be baptised in the name of Jesus
The stream where the jailer was baptised is still there, just outside the ruined city of Philippi, but anywhere will do. There are three aspects of baptism to consider:

a) Washing clean for the forgiveness of sins.
'All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23) so we need to say sorry for our sins and turn from them if we are to be saved. Symbolically the waters of baptism portray the willingness of God to 'cleanse us from all unrighteousness' (1 John 1:9), made possible by the death of Jesus on the cross. (Romans 5:8)

b) Dying to self.
We go under the water in baptism to show our willingness to die to self. Jesus said, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.' (Matthew 16:24). This means putting Jesus and what he wants before me and what I want.

c) Rising to live for Jesus
As we rise from the waters it is like Jesus rising from the dead. We rise to new life, to live for Jesus, now and in all eternity.

Be filled with joy
Jesus was 'full of joy through the Holy Spirit' (Luke 10:21) and Paul wrote about 'joy in the Holy Spirit' (Romans 14:17).

Baptism is symbolic but being 'filled with joy through the Holy Spirit' is what actually happens when we become Christians. The Spirit of Jesus enables our spirits to be born again. (John 3:6,7) to experience the forgiveness of sins, (Acts 10:43) and to call God Father (Romans 8:15,16).

After the jailer was baptised he was 'filled with joy' (Acts 16:34) and after we baptise people in the river beside our church we always lay hands on their heads, on the bank, and ask God to fill them with joy in the Holy Spirit.

Join a Church
After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. The jailer was now one of the 'brothers' and would need the encouragement of the church to go on being a Christian in a difficult world, and to serve Jesus in it. So do we.

If you are not saved, or not sure if you are saved and would like to be sure, you might like to pray a prayer like this one:
Lord Jesus I believe in you.
Thank you for dying for my sins.
I'm sorry for the things I've done wrong and the good things I have failed to do.
I choose to follow you whatever it costs.
I ask you to come into my life by your Spirit as Lord and Saviour,
and to help me live for you. AMEN.

Then celebrate! Have a party. Invite your friends round for a meal and tell them all about it - especially Christian friends who can introduce you to a suitable church where, if appropriate, you can be baptised.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Why Spirit Works?

In 2019 the majority of our weekend bookings are for Spirit Works days. You might think it strange that we have published this book and lead days about life in the Spirit. Helen explained why in her preface to Spirit Works, and we thought you might be interested to read about it here:

Why Spirit Works?

Or to put it differently, why are we, a Christian music organisation, writing a book about the work of the Holy Spirit?

Worship and the Holy Spirit go hand in hand. Psalm 22:3 is a verse that expresses this beautifully for me:
“Yet you are holy; enthroned on the praises of Israel.” (NRSV)
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (KJV)

On a couple of occasions I have been blessed with a picture or feeling of the Holy Spirit enjoying our worship, dancing and swirling around with incredible exuberance. God inhabits the very praises of his people, and this is beautifully summed up in a simple worship song by Paul Kyle:
And as we worship, build a throne; come, Lord Jesus, and take your place.

John 4:23 says that true worshippers will worship in Spirit and in truth. And in Ephesians 5:18-19, the apostle Paul writes that we must sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, but only after he first exhorts us to be filled with the Spirit.

Sung worship lifts up our hearts, increases our expectancy, shifts our focus, and changes the atmosphere. As we set our minds on the praise of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, if we let him, can come and move, dance, alight, fill, heal and restore. As a music ministry we need to write this book as an affirmation that we believe that music isn’t an end in itself, but a catalyst, a vehicle. On a number of occasions I have been present in a celebration where at the end of the praise time the Holy Spirit has moved in great power, causing plans to be put on hold and speakers to wait their turn. It reminded me of the consecration of the temple in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14:

“The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.”

It would be irresponsible for us as a ministry to encourage you in leading worship that brings people into a place of openness to God, and then to leave you without the tools to know what to do when you get there.

In 1981 Roger released his musical ‘Saints Alive’, written about Pentecost – the birth of the Church. This musical was the first to contain a time of improvised praise, or worship in the Spirit. Over the years this ‘Planned Spontaneous Happening’ slot within a musical has developed, and in 2005 the musical ‘Jail Break’ included the first ‘Planned Prophetic Happening’. This is where a soloist is brave, and sings out over the audience and choir what they feel God is saying for that very moment. We have been so blessed by all the Lord has sung during those times through very ordinary people that we would hate for others to miss out. So as the musicals are printed and released for the general public to use as they please, we pray that this book will accompany them, helping many people to take the risky step of incorporating time for the Holy Spirit to take centre stage in their performances.

Roger's August eNews

Hi Everyone – I’m a bit early for August but we’re off to start our Lee Abbey music week on Saturday.

Our full colour Summer Newsletter is now published.  It includes details of upcoming events, diary, publications, etc, well into 2019.  If you’d like a printed copy (or indeed a handful to put out at your church) please contact the CMM office.

We’ve now released two new  CMM publications:
These are available online, but you can also ring CMM to place an order:  01527 576440.

As well as on our web site, most of our musicals, books, etc, are now published on Kindle, and all of our recording are on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
Our HEART & SOUL radio programme (6-8pm every Wednesday on South Birmingham Radio) is going really well.  We hope you listen to it live, but you can catch-up  on “Sound Cloud” using this page of the CMM blog.  We play lots of varied Christian music and welcome a whole array guests with amazing stories.

We have two more CMM music weeks to come after Lee Abbey, open to all ages, abilities, singers, instrumentalists and listeners:
  • AUG 19-25 (Sun-Sat) Willersley Castle, Cromford, Derbys (01629 582270)
  • SEP 08-14 (Sat-Fri) Sidholme, Sidmouth, East Devon (01395 515104)
I believe there are still a few spaces left on these weeks.

Annie is leading an APOSTLE in a day at WestWakefield Methodist Church (with live instruments) on Saturday 11 Aug.  More singers are very much welcome, and if you want to watch the performance it is at 6pm.

Bless you all!

Roger Jones

Friday, 20 July 2018

Heart & Soul

For those of you who have been following Roger's news, you may notice that he has become involved in a local radio station.  The station isn't limited to the Birmingham area though - it is an internet radio so you can listen in anywhere!  Roger, along with CMM favourites Simon Gudger and Debra Mayo host the Heart & Soul show on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.  The first half of the show is usually a pre-recorded interview with all kinds of interesting people such as Jonathan Viera and Bishop Graham Dow.  The second half is live in the studio with the team chatting to a variety of local guests.  All of the chat is interspersed with a variety of Christian music.  Do tune in if you get chance, and follow the programme on Facebook.

Amazingly, many of the shows so far are up on Soundcloud, so if you want to listen again, you can do so here:

23rd May - Roger interviews Steve Spooner, Birmingham City FC Youth Coach, and then Simon and the team talk to Paul Douglas from Jazz Community Church.  

30th May - It's the Roger and Roger show as we have an interview with composer Roger Mayor, and then Simon and Debs talk to Ella Sophia from the Global Care Charity. 

6th June is a double whammy as Roger chats to Steve Bavington and Ian Cole from the World Prayer Centre.  In the second half Simon chats to Rev Neil Roberts about Chelmsley Wood Fish and Chips.

13th June in the first half Roger talks to Mick Perrier, diocesan music advisor, and then Simon chats to Andy Treweeks on a Father's Day special. 

20th June features a special recording Roger made from the Grange CMM Music Week.  Then in the second half the team chat to Kirk McAteer, Birmingham City FC Chaplain.

27th June - Roger speaks to singer-songwriter Clair Rogoff and then the team chat to Craig Swainland from Christian Vision for Men. 

4th July Roger chats to Naomi Heywood, local worship leader and Worcestershire Ladies' Cricketer.  In the second half Debra and Roger talk to Blair Kesseler from St Basil's. 

11th July Roger interviews Dave Bilbrough and then in a special World Cup Semi Final show (as in, it clashed with the match so the show was fully pre-recorded) Simon and Roger host a 'Pick of the Pops' Christian Worship special. 

18th July Roger interviews Carol Lawrence from Harnhill Healing Centre (also with a PHD in Nuclear Physics) and then Simon chats to Sheri Gydney from God's heart for Longbridge. 

25th July Roger interviews Dave Gidney from Children's Worldwide Mission.  Then Roger and Debra chat to professional storyteller Jane Campion-Hoye.

1st August Roger speaks to Rachel Gidney, a 16 year old who says she was called as a missionary when she was 8.

8th August is another opportunity to hear Roger's interview with Jonathan Viera, and then the team talk to Rev David Carr from Solihull Renewal Church.

15th August Roger interviews Sue Rinaldi in the first hour, and then for the second hour the team welcome Rob Fieldson, vicar in Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett.

22nd August Roger shares an interview with Robin and Carole Moulton from Travelling Light.  Then Roger chats to Rev Paul Nash, chaplain at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hosptial.

29th August Roger speaks to Chris Eaton, songwriter and producer who has often collaborated with Cliff Richard.  Then the team chat to Simeon Whiting about 'bucket lists'.

5th September Roger interviews Canon Andrew White about his life and work including his time as Vicar of Baghdad.  Then in the second hour the team welcome Natalie Orifice the Roman Catholic advisor on evangelism in Birmingham.

Roger's July eNews

Hi Everyone – it’s July already and I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful summer weather! 

This Saturday (07 July) we lead SPIRIT WORKS (teaching and ministry in the power of the Spirit) at Rhos-on-Sea URC, North Wales 10am-4.30pm.  I know it’s the England match, so we’re proposing a total ban on phones and information during the day, so we can all go back and watch the recording.  No excuse not to come!  Contact or ring 01527 576440 for details, or just turn up! 

The CMM Choir have started their series of performances of ROCK (the story of Simon Peter). Productions still to come are:
  • Sat 07 July - St Germain's Church, Edgbaston - B16 9TD (1900 hrs)
  • Sat 14 July - St John's Church, Harborne - B17 9PT (1930 hrs)
  • Sun 22 July - George Road Baptist, Erdington - B23 7RY (1800 hrs)

Following a wonderful JAIL BREAK week in Grange, Cumbria, there are three more CMM music weeks to come, open to all ages, abilities, singers, instrumentalists and listeners:
  • JUL 28-04 Aug (Sat-Sat) Lee Abbey, North Devon (01598 752621)
  • AUG 19-25 (Sun-Sat) Willersley Castle, Cromford, Derbys (01629 582270)
  • SEP 08-14 (Sat-Fri) Sidholme, Sidmouth, East Devon (01395 515104)
Good numbers already booked, but room for more, especially at Willersley and Sidholme.

We’re releasing two new  CMM publications:
  • ROCK (story of Simon Peter) Bible Study for House Groups, by Simon Cooper - brilliantly written, and ready to use with your group, or to start one.
  • WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS – Alison Fuggle’s new collection of Christmas seasonal poems.
These are not yet available online, but you can ring CMM to place advance orders:  01527 576440.

Finally, Rachel Haddon, our lovely intern who has just left us, has produced a wonderful photo sequence of my special birthday event, featuring ROCK with an orchestra of nearly 50 and a choir of 200.  She has excelled herself, and it’s well worth a look !
Bless you all!

Roger Jones

Christian Music Ministries
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1JP
Tel: 01527 576440

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Month Ten in the Life of an Intern

Read Month One (September)
Read Month Nine (May)

So this is it – my final day in the office and my final blog post. It all seems to have gone so quickly. 

June however has been quite busy, with a few gigs in the diary. The first of these was a weekend in South Wales with Helen who was leading Greater than Gold in-a-day. The Saturday got off to a great start with some parkrun tourism at the Gnoll Estate Country Park, and once we were all showered and clean we headed to the church to get ready for the event. I was playing oboe parts that I had created in the preceding weeks in the office by mashing together sections from the flute, clarinet and alto sax parts. It was rather a warm weekend (which in general was a good thing!), but unfortunately this played havoc with my reeds, so it was a bit stressful as I felt like I was fighting my oboe the whole time, but the choir and soloists did an amazing job – hats off to Helen, as the event was actually a 'Musical in-an-afternoon', yet she still managed to teach them the whole thing, and to round the day off, the performance was well appreciated by the audience. On the Sunday morning, Helen preached (very well) and the rest of us took part in the worship. The team were then treated to a lovely roast dinner cooked by Helen's mum to set us up well for the journey home! 

The following Saturday, I travelled to Kidderminster to be part of the team for a Musical Man evening with the New Life Together choir. The choir had been superbly trained and there was a large audience who seemed very responsive to Roger's testimony of God's work in his life. 

One of my office jobs this month has been to create a video of photos from Roger's 70th birthday bash in Tamworth which is now live here on the CMM Youtube channel. If you were there, see if you can spot yourself! I have also proofread the new files for the Simeon vocal score, which will be going for reprint soon. 
As my internship draws to an end, so does my time with the CMM choir. At the start of this month, I was asked to lead a rehearsal with each choir. I was pretty nervous, particularly as I hadn't led a full rehearsal with the East Birmingham choir before, however everybody survived so I guess it must have been okay! One of my lasting memories will be the incident from that week involving a rather large spider at the West Birmingham choir and the effect that it had on the front row of sopranos! Unfortunately, I have only been able to make it to one of the choir's performances of Rock, however I was very honoured to receive some lovely cards, gifts and well-wishes from the members and committee – it has been a pleasure to be part of the choirs and I very much hope that we will meet again in the future. 

As this blog post draws to a close, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone I've crossed paths with during my time with CMM – I have met some truly lovely people. I'd like to give especial thanks to Roger and Mary for taking me on, to the office staff for being so welcoming, providing me with lots of jobs to do and coping with my aversion to making tea, to all the associates I have met who have made me feel so at home when on team, to the couple I have stayed with over my office days for keeping me wonderfully well fed and watered and to the people who have given me lifts to and from stations and rehearsals. It has been a real privilege to be part of CMM this year and to have the opportunity to explore different aspects of music and faith, and the ways in which those are so closely intertwined. I am planning to stick around on the associates list so very much hope to see many of you again at some point, but for now, it's goodbye from me. 


Sunday lunch in South Wales!

Roger's June eNews

Hi Everyone – sorry I’m late with the June eNews.  Things have been very busy here at CMM!

Every Wednesday from 6-8pm Roger along with Rev Simon Gudger and Debs Mayo host a radio show called HEART & SOUL.  They feature Christian music, uplifting stories and conversation.  Please tune in and tell others!
It’s internet based, so you can get it on your PC, phone, tablet, etc.  If you'd like to be kept up to date each week with what is featured on the programme, follow the Facebook page @heartandsoulinspire

The CMM Choir have started their series of performances of ROCK (the story of Simon Peter).  Forthcoming productions are:
  • Sunday 24 June - Harborne Baptist Church - B17 ODH (1800 hrs)
  • Sunday 01 July - St Francis Church, Bournville - B30 2AA (1830 hrs)
  • Saturday 07 July - St Germain's Church, Edgbaston - B16 9TD (1900 hrs)
  • Saturday 14 July - St John's Church, Harborne - B17 9PT (1930 hrs)
  • Sunday 22 July - George Road Baptist Church - B23 7RY (1800 hrs)

Sadly, at the end of this month we say good bye to Rachel Haddon, our intern.  Rachel has played a wonderful role in the CMM over the last 10 months and we shall really miss her.  We wish her well as she now completes the final year of her music degree.  See the CMM Blog which contains the latest of Rachel’s report “The life of an Intern”, plus other news.

Also coming up we have a SPIRIT WORKS day at Rhos-on-Sea URC, North Wales 10am-4.30pm (contact or ring 01527 576440 for details)

Following a wonderful JAIL BREAK week in Grange, Cumbria, there are three more Christian music weeks to come, open all ages, abilities, singers, instrumentalists and listeners:
  • JUL 28-04 Aug (Sat-Sat) Lee Abbey, North Devon (01598 752621)
  • AUG 19-25 (Sun-Sat) Willersley Castle, Cromford, Derbys (01629 582270)
  • SEP 08-14 (Sat-Fri) Sidholme, Sidmouth, East Devon (01395 515104)

We’d love to see you at one of our events, and any publicity you can give to them will be greatly appreciated.  We really are excited about what is going on in the CMM ministry, and want to reach as many folk as possible!

Bless you all!


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Month Nine in the Life of an Intern

Read Month One (September)
Read Month Seven (March)
Read Month Eight (April)

Hello June, and hello blog post for May! The month began with the CMM annual dinner which featured a delicious three-course meal, followed by Roger's speech on the workings of CMM over the previous year, which he managed to make quite interesting! The next day I worked an extra half-day in the office, before heading off to Northampton with Helen (and little Michael) for the Women's World Day of Prayer YPray conference. Over the weekend, I played my oboe during some of the worship slots that Helen was leading, was the 'official' childminder for Michael (although I did have to explain to a lady from another group that he wasn't mine...), and ate a lot of chicken. The guest speaker for the weekend was Emily Owen, whose story of deep faith despite life-changing health issues was inspirational. 

A fun office job this month was browsing Roger's photo collection trying to find the most embarrassing pictures of him for Helen to put into a slideshow which those of you who were at Tamworth on the 19th will have seen. What I'm not sure about however is whether Roger thought that this was a worthwhile use of my time! On the subject of Tamworth, I have already written a blog post about that so I will direct you to that for my take on the day (click here), however I will say here that I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I think it was a fitting birthday tribute to Roger. 

May ended with the music week at Abbot Hall, Grange-over-Sands. It was lovely for me to see some familiar faces there, as well as meeting lots of new ones (including Anthony, who took some top-quality photos and requested a shout-outhi Anthony!), and the Cumbrian weather surpassed all my expectations, allowing me to wear shorts every day and providing a warm and sunny backdrop for a truly great week. The musical we learned and performed was Jailbreak, with the choir trained by Sharon Collins, and the orchestra brushed into shape by Annie. The schedule for a music week is well designed, so if you haven't been on one before, I would highly recommend it! Mornings feature times of worship and teaching followed by rehearsals, then there is free time in the afternoon which gives the opportunity for exploring the area. Evenings consist of a variety of different activities – this particular week included a DVD, a 'Heart & Soul Radio Roadshow' and Abbot Hall's infamous 'Floor Monopoly' which, as Monopoly is prone to do, revealed some unexpectedly competitive natures! Despite all the frivolity, the message of Jailbreak was preached well throughout the week, both by Roger in his morning teaching slots, and through the final performance on the Friday evening – in Jesus Christ, we are set free! 

The music week spilled over into the beginning of June, and the start of the month brings the realisation that this is my penultimate monthly blog, which means that in just a few short weeks my time with CMM will draw to a close. There is however, the rest of June to go, including a couple more gigs, so I will be making the most of the time I have left!

Team Orchestra at Abbot Hall

Jacqueline du Pré eat your heart out 😀

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Rock and an orchestra - a view from in front of the choir

Running around like a maniac
Saturday May 19th was the culmination of a huge amount of work from the Events desk at CMM.  Lindsay began the work by booking the Coton Centre, sending out some initial advertising and setting up the procedure for ticket sales and bookings.  Then when I returned from maternity leave I needed to complete the bookings, organise the volunteers, allocate the soloists and make sure the day itself ran smoothly. 

The day did run smoothly, thanks to the wonderful volunteers - Brian and Gill, Amy, Deb, Elaine, Mick, Paul, Pat, Caroline, Dave, Devon, Bill, Alison, Clive, Jenny, Alan, Pat, Sue, Susan, Jane, George as well as the CMM Team of Rachel, Annie, Roger, Mary, Sally and Tim.  Hopefully I haven't missed anyone out - no doubt people will have chipped in on the day or been approached to help with something on the spur of the moment - Bob, you're one of those!

Once the day was up and running, it was my job to train the amazing choir of over 200 singers.  Most people had sung the musical before, but there were a surprising amount who hadn't so I had to make sure every note was covered.  The choir were very patient and fun to work with, and produced a glorious sound.  Even though the orchestra was bigger than last time, the choir was much bigger and certainly held their own.

Leading the rehearsal with Jane
I was blessed to have Jane help as rehearsal pianist.  She kept everyone in tune and accompanied bits of the rehearsal, enabling me to focus on my conducting.  It is quite tricky playing an electric piano that has been plugged into a system, meaning no sound comes from the speakers on the keyboard but instead from speakers way above your head pointing away from you!  We began the day looking at the two-part pieces, but there was a real buzz in the air when we sang together in four parts for the first time - I think it was Just as I am.  Truly beautiful.  We just managed to get all the pieces rehearsed as the orchestra began to come in ready for the full rehearsal at 3pm.

Devon re-learning Rock
We began that rehearsal with a special piece written by Paul Herrington for the occasion. Once Roger took over the rehearsal I was able to focus on the soloists, making sure they all knew what they should be singing and where they needed to be.  It took Devon a little while to get the hang of Rock again - he had been singing the part of Stephen in Wildfire only the weekend before!  By the performance he was word perfect - good work!

Then once I had introduced the final performance I was free - I played trombone for the two songs where Alan was singing solo, which was fun, and I spent a bit of time roaming the auditorium taking photos and soaking in the performance. It is such a privilege to do my job - to work for a ministry that has touched so many people's lives.  It was also wonderful to have my mum and dad and older sister take part in the day, and for James to bring Michael to show him off a bit!

Thanks again to all my wonderful CMM friends - it is a privilege to have met you over the years.  I'm looking forward to what God has in store for us all next.
The amazing choir

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