Thank you to everyone who has read this blog over the years. I am now delighted to say that we now have a blog integrated onto our new website at www.cmm.org.uk so this one will no longer be updated.
Thanks for reading.
We have two very exciting announcements to make!
Thursday 20 May 8:00 PM - Annual CMM Supporters' Evening - one of our most important events of the year! Join us as we review our past year (and what an eventful and unique year it has been), where I will give my annual "state of the union" address as well as meet members of the team, launch our new exciting website, introduce a brand new song and much more! Join us live, or catch up later. The YouTube link is: https://youtu.be/q1sVhDGs3BU or find it on our YouTube Channel. Don't forget to make sure you subscribe to our channel whilst you're there to help us reach more people.
Monday 24 May 8:00 PM - Saints Alive! Sing-a-Long - join in with folks from all over the UK and further afield, to sing my Pentecost musical. Lyrics will appear on the screen, but if you would like to join in and see the music, you can buy the music book from our shop (order by the morning of Thursday 20th at the latest) or download it anytime from Sheet Music Plus. Contact Helen at email@example.com for the zoom code.
Please join us if you can and tell as many people as possible!
Roger and Mary
Back in 1984, my Vicar and House Group believed that God was calling me to give up the secure school teaching job and go into the unknown, a Christian music ministry. We had no idea of how it was going to work out, what it was going to be like, and how the finance would be found to support ourselves and four children! The miracle has been that in all that time the CMM Trust (formally EBRG Trust) has never failed in supplying the monthly grant, extended to support Annie who joined the team in 1994, and then Helen who joined us in 2005. We have also been able to employ administrative staff as necessary.
We have never been an organisation that is continually asking for money, although from time to time we have made the needs known. Many of you have made sacrificial contributions, either as one-off payments or regular donations, and, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank those of you who've done so!
After much prayer and consideration, we believe that the Lord is calling us to continue with this ministry. I have ideas for new songs, maybe another musical, and we are longing, when circumstances allow, to get back on the road with various events.
We also believe that in using the latest technology we have a whole field of online ministry with music and teaching. You will see from our diary there are already many events in place, and I am very excited about the future. I believe the Lord is giving us a great vision and strategy for at least the next three years.
Therefore, together with the CMM Trustees and our EBRG support group, we believe it right to make this very special appeal to our friends and associates throughout the UK and further afield. The stark facts are that without an increased support we will not be able to fulfil the ministry that we believe God is calling us to. Many of you have made incredible one-off donations, and quite a few make regular monthly or yearly contributions. I'm now asking for more! Will you please consider not just continuing the support, but increasing it, and especially I want to make an appeal to those of you who perhaps have not realised how much we rely on financial support in order to maintain the ministry.
One-off gifts are a joy and encouragement to receive, but it is actually the regular contributions that enable us to budget and plan the way ahead, including with the office support that is so vital. We have over 3000 people on our email list, plus a few who receive occasional hard copies of our newsletter. Please would you prayerfully consider becoming a regular donor to CMM? Many regular contributions even with small amounts will create a fantastic means of support.
I believe very much that the Lord who began the miracle back in 1984 is well capable of continuing this, but as always, he does this by laying this concern on the hearts of our friends and supporters.
So, it is with great peace and joy that I lay this before you now.
You may support us via several methods:
1. Bank Transfer or Cheque*. Click here to find out more details.
* As always, with those that can, the ability to Gift Aid will enable support to be further enhanced.
Thank you so much for your ongoing friendship in partnership in this work.
May the Lord bless you greatly.
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you.
Ephesians 3:20 (The Passion Translation)
"At the end of August I will have spent 16 very blessed years at CMM. I am humbled by the incredible provision of God through you all that has enabled me to continue working in this wonderful team for so long - it began with a gap year, after all! After many months of heart-searching and listening to God, I feel that the time is right to move on into the new things that He has for me. The commitment to both the Word and the Spirit at the heart of CMM has been such an important building block in my life, and I am so grateful. It is exciting to be beginning this new chapter alongside Amy, although I will miss my CMM friends very much. No doubt we will all continue to meet at CMM gatherings as I hope to remain a friend and associate of the ministry."
As we approach the end of Lent and anticipate Easter, it occurs to me that this is a fair reflection of our journey through lockdown and ultimately out into a “new” kind of freedom. Recently the Lord has been showing us that it is important to find his power and presence during Lent as well as during Lockdown. We have had our attention drawn to the story of Daniel, who experienced his own lockdown in Babylon yet knew the protection and provision of God in the most difficult circumstances. So whether we are in Lent or Lockdown, the Lord is here and his Spirit is with us!
We have two very exciting events coming up:
Tuesday 23rd March (next Tuesday!) – JESUS LIVES!
This special YouTube premiere will last 15-20 minutes and will include three songs as well as some Holy Week and Easter teaching from Roger. The main feature will be 'Jesus Lives!' - a new setting of the traditional hymn. Over 100 singers and instrumentalists have sent us their video performances, and the amazing CMM team have put together what will be a very exciting presentation. Please share and join us at 8pm GMT if you can: https://youtu.be/GCvBPFbB3kM The full video, as well as the hymn as a standalone to use in your Easter Services, will be available after the premiere, but it is so fun to have lots of you online commenting and sharing together.
Monday 29th March - JERUSALEM JOY
We will be having a Jerusalem Joy sing-a-long over zoom at 8pm GMT on the Monday night of Holy Week. Annie, Helen and myself will talk you through it, and you'll be able to sing along with Devon Brown and the many other CMM soloists on the CD! We’ll have the lyrics on screen, but we won't be displaying the music. Places are limited due to zoom restrictions, so do contact us for the zoom code if you would like to be a part of it (firstname.lastname@example.org). It will be wonderful to see you all and have lots of you join in!
Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul
As usual we have a great line-up of programmes on HEART & SOUL over the next few weeks:
Wed 24 March - Cheryl Jenkinson (CMM clarinettist) - Downs Syndrome awareness week followed by Steve Bagnall - Care Centre manager for Birmingham City Mission.
Wed 31 March - Jerusalem Joy - archive Aston Manor school choir recording followed by Debra, Dave, Graeme & Roger sharing Easter music and thoughts.
Wed 07 April - Ian Stott - local professional singer, songwriter followed by Graeme Russell bringing his own choice of music and thoughts.
It’s all very exciting – but the most exciting thing is the reality that JESUS LIVES! May you know his living presence with you right now.
Recently, we were thrilled and encouraged to read this on Facebook:
Congratulations to the entire Heart & Soul team as they have just broadcast their 50th show with us here at Brumside Radio. One of our primetime shows which gets a huge amount of traffic every week. (Richard Laundon - Brumside Radio)
This is 50 shows since the new Brumside Radio station was formed. “Heart and Soul” has actually been going for 3 years now! We’ve had some wonderful guests over the years and made many contacts with leaders and others with great faith stories. It’s a privilege to work alongside my Co-Presenters Debra Mayo, Graeme Russell and Dave Stansbie.
Recently I have been interviewing some incredible guests such as Bob Hartman, Jack Sara (Bethlehem Bible College), Gavin Calver (Evangelical Alliance) and Rob Parsons (Care for the Family) – click on their names to access the catch up facility on Mixcloud.
Please listen each Wednesday 6-8pm (repeats Thursdays 11am-1pm) on https://openradio.app/station/brumside-radio-3c20htr7 or www.brumsideradio.com
- 10 February – Nigel Lloyd-Latham (singer, song-writer, worship leader) followed by Henrietta Blyth (CEO of Open Doors)
- 17 February – Philippa Hanna (singer, song-writer, and now mother!)
- 24 February – Paul Harcourt (National Leader of New Wine)
- 03 March – Simon Baker (Community Bible Studies)
- 10 March – Jeff Lucas (international writer, speaker, broadcaster)
I’m so excited by these amazing guests, so do spread the word as much as you can!
Happy New Year! – I guess for all of us, that greeting has especial poignance and meaning. 2020 was not what we expected nor wanted, and we enter 2021 with understandable trepidation. At CMM, time and time again we are led to Isaiah 43, which preceding the foundational (certainly to us!) “You are precious and honoured in my sight … I love you” (4), we see these thrilling words of promise:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.” (2-3a)
Here is promise of his presence and protection, and we must engage with both. He has promised to be with us always, so no part of our lives need be without him. Knowing him is our birth-right right as Christians, and despite the restrictions imposed upon us we have many ways of staying in touch with our Lord and Saviour. Let’s not be a people who only cry out to him when we encounter difficulties, but make significant efforts to stay in touch daily, in fact moment-by-moment. This will not come naturally to most of us. If you are like me, the natural instinct will be to go-it-alone. No good! Do read Proverbs 3:5-6 on this!
Of course we all miss the gatherings in home groups, congregations and larger events, and long for such times to return. We at CMM miss you all so much! But there is so much online and the Lord has caused us to learn new skills and outlets. In my lifetime the church has never been so free from the physical boundaries of its buildings and traditional ways of operating. You will have seen how we at CMM are attempting to respond to this challenge.
Mary and I have taken to going LIVE AT FIVE on Facebook on my personal page, and there has been great interest and engagement with this. Do follow me if you want to see these. We also plan to release more videos over the next months, so do watch out for them to appear on the CMM YOUTUBE CHANNEL. By subscribing you get automatic notice of new additions.
HEART & SOUL has now been going for nearly three years, and we are greatly encouraged to occasionally receive comments following our broadcasts from listeners from throughout UK and further. Over the next few months we have a very exciting line-up:
These are mainly my 6-7pm guests, but Debra Mayo, Dave Stansbie and Graeme Russell will be bringing inspiring music and themes each week 7-8pm, and their sessions are a real blessing. They are a great team!
Listen each Wednesday (6-8pm) on www.brumsideradio.com repeats Thursday 11am-1pm)
We have now established a nation-wide network of REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES who will be aiming to bring CMM to the notices of local groups, churches, choirs schools, etc. Their local knowledge is vital in bringing CMM’s ministry and materials to a wider “audience”. Please have a look at the list.
So lots to think, pray and act upon. We really do value your support, so thank you so much for standing with us!
Here it is - the email you have all been waiting for - the bumper CMM Christmas Newsletter edition. Do have a read of all the news from the team:
We'd also like to thank all of those who joined us for our Three Wise Camels Premiere on Friday night, and all who have watched it since. If you haven't yet watched it, you can view it here. Please share it widely with your friends, family and churches - we're biased but we think it's a great watch!
Finally, 2020 has been a challenging year in many ways, so we want to thank all of those who have generously supported us financially. Please read the following message from the CMM Trust:
2020 has been a difficult year for many in Christian ministry when leading conferences or meetings in person have been taken off the agenda. It has also been an incredibly tough year for those working in choral music or trying to sell sheet music for groups of any kind. At CMM we have been particularly conscious of our role bringing encouragement, light, hope, and the truth of the gospel of Jesus in this time that has been so dark for many.
In order to stay true to this calling, we have needed the Lord to provide in order to cover the shortfall where we have suddenly lost all income from events or sales. We are blessed to have seen this provision again and again through all of you, and the generosity of so many individuals has been incredibly moving.
Here is a message from our trustees:
2020 has regularly been noted for being strange, difficult or unusual. As we experience lockdown and the tier system there have been many different reactions, but the overwhelming sense of uncertainty pervades through. Meeting family and even keeping jobs has been a major concern for many.
However, we are certain that we have a faithful God, and are also very aware, as Trustees, of the faithfulness of His provisions, no more so than the army of faithful donors who support His work through the efforts of CMM.
Without those who are willing to lovingly gift some of their finances to this work, we could not function. CMM Trust’s only regular and assured funding is from you and the tax relief from these gifts through gift aid, so you can see just how vital your generosity is. We therefore thank you all for these wonderful donations and trust that God allows you the means to continue to offer them in order to help us to continue this vital work in proclaiming his goodness and saving grace through the music ministry.
With grateful thanks