Thursday 21 May 2009

Saints Alive in Sandiway

On Saturday 9th May, Roger, Mary and Helen travelled to Sandiway in Cheshire for Saints Alive in a day. Keith, who had been at Saints Alive in Rhos on Sea only a week before joined us for the day to support on the drums, and it was great to have him.
To be completely truthful, 'Saints Alive in a day' is not completely accurate. Kathryn Holmes - the local wonderwoman - had gathered together the choir and instrumentalists for a couple of rehearsals in advance. She had done a wonderful job, so all that remained for us to do was some polishing. Roger was also able to do some bible teaching, which was brilliant.

There were at least 90 in the choir, and 5 instrumentalists, with Helen and Keith joining in too. There were also 3 'young' (late teens and early 20s) soloists, who did a marvellous job, sometimes singing in 3 part harmony together.

After a morning of rehearsals and an afternoon run-through, we put it all together for the performance at 3.30pm. The small part of the hall that wasn't filled with choir was filled with audience, and this created a wonderful atmosphere.

In a day so full of music, it was great to be able to have plenty of 'God moments' too - worship, bible teaching, prayer. The atmosphere of praise and worship was great, and the response to some of the songs in the musical (particularly When I Survey and All People that on Earth do Dwell) will stick in my memory.

Thanks particularly go to Kathyrn Holmes and Martin Cox for making it all happen.

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