First, Helen took a trip to South Wales - to Port Talbot, to spend some time with her parents, but also to lead a musical in a day at the Methodist Church on the Sandfields estate. This was the fourth musical in a day in the church and was a great success. The musical this year was a shortened version of Rock (Songs 1, 3-11 and 16) narrated by the Peter character. Helen's amazing team were Alan (Peter), Paul (Jesus), Caroline (Miriam), Wendy (Zillah) and Miriam (Susannah).
|The choir in Port Talbot
The weather on the day was utterly appalling, but that seemed to bring people out in force, with a massive tenor and bass section, almost as many as there were sopranos and altos. The choir learnt the music amazingly quickly, and while the performance wasn't perfect, the atmosphere was brilliant, and the message of the musical incredibly powerful.
The following morning Helen preached at Taibach Methodist Church in Port Talbot, and shared the service with her mum. Huge thanks to Chris and Viv for organising the whole weekend.
The following weekend Annie led a special Inn Crowd in a day event at St Mary's church in Moseley. The day had been organised by Mick Perrier as a kind of precursor to our Worship Works day there in February.
Annie had a lovely choir and orchestra for the day, but sadly there wasn't a huge amount of involvement from the members of the local church. Those that were there were wonderfully welcoming and helped make it into a lovely day. Annie had a lovely team of CMM soloists - Katie, Ann, Jonathan and Simon. Then in the afternoon the choir was supplemented by instrumentalists including Tim, Emma and Michael. Bethany joined in with the choir, where there were already Megan, Bryony and Alice who had taken part in our Lee Abbey music week. The four of them together were the shepherds, which was great fun.
Then right at the end of November, Roger, Mary, Annie, Helen and Amy went to St John's House on the Alum Rock Road. The Community of St John the Divine (of Call the Midwife fame!) have long been supporters-of and supported-by CMM. Every year we have been to lead a special advent evening for the sisters there, which has turned into one of the highlights of our calendar.
|The Sisters of St John the Divine
|The choir in Wigan
They had organised all of their own wonderful soloists, so the CMM team was small - only Roger, Helen, Felicity and Carol and Graham. Helen and Felicity played their instruments, and Carol helped by singing for the Sunday morning service. Graham sang in the choir, and then stepped in at the last moment to take one of the wise men roles.
|Rev Neil the shepherd
|Thomas in the paddling pool!
|Thomas just after his baptism
What a wonderful way to end CMM's year!