Jerusalem Joy in Hinckley
|Phil, Paul, Alan and Eddie|
|The choir with Simon|
|Amy working hard with the choir|
|The choir in rehearsal|
|Rachel and Ellen|
|Roger in action|
Musical Man Evening, Lickey
|Annie rehearsing with the choir|
Annie conducted the choir, and Helen interviewed Roger, and Roger, as well as talking about his story, was able to share very deeply about certain areas such as prayer ministry he had received from Wholeness through Christ, and grief.
It was an incredibly moving and powerful evening, and we are so thankful to all of those who played and sang. We are also incredibly thankful for the hard work that Alison and Clive Rushton put into the evening, and the support of Roger's vicar Margaret.
More photos to follow!
Songs of Christmas
|Roger and Margaret|
|Dave recording his solo|
|Annie, Helen, Amy and Katie|
|Dave, Chris, Paul and Phil|
|Annie, Sarah, Catherine and Katie|
|Helen directing the vocal group|
Barnabas in Barrow
|Alan, Bill, Sharon and Carol|
Naturally, Roger took a lot of time off for the rest of the week, because by the end of it he had to travel up to Cumbria for a performance of Barnabas in Barrow-in-Furness.
Over the last few years, a wonderful friendship has sprung up between the choir in Barrow, and another choir in the St Helens/Haydock/Wigan area. This has resulted in a choral exchange - the choir in Merseyside travelling up to Barrow for their performance, and the Barrow choir will travel to Haydock in June.
|Marilyn and Gemma|
|Barrie and the sopranos|
|The amazing dancers - in a boat!|
It is such an honour to be able to meet and contribute to the lives of all of these wonderful choir members. Huge thanks go to Sharon and her team for their excellent organisation, and to all who looked after the team so well.
|Three men in a boat!|
|The full ensemble at St Mark's Church|
|Marilyn working with the choir|
|Amazing choir expressions!|
|A photo of Roger to prove he did something that day!|
Mary Magdalene in West Hill, near Ottery St Mary
|The choir in rehearsal in West Hill|
Sheila and Jim had put together an amazing group of soloists, several of whom were professional singers. Sheila had also trained a group of children to dance during the instrumental piece 'Delivered', for which Jim played piano.
Annie had a wonderful time in Devon - the choir were excellent, and her main problem was coaxing them into being confident with the backing track. Encouragement is a gift that Annie has in bucket-loads though, and everyone was very happy in time for the performance.
As Helen was supposed to be helping with the sound system, Jonathan very, very kindly volunteered to bring down his system for the performance, and he arrived after lunch on the Sunday ready to set up. The performance was in the evening, and the church was completely packed out.
Huge thanks to Sheila and Jim, and we hope you enjoyed your well-earned recovery cruise!
Women's World Day of Prayer Conference, Northampton
The busy month of April was rounded off by Helen's weekend in Northampton. For the first time ever, the Women's World Day of Prayer committee in England, Wales and Northern Ireland had decided to hold a special young women's conference. The committee had heard about Helen as a worship leader following a Worship Works day in St Austell a couple of years ago, and the dates had been in the diary ever since then.
Being named as the keynote worship leader was a little scary, but Helen had a fabulous weekend. There were 35 women present, and all were passionate about Jesus, prayer, and campaigning for women's causes around the world. The keynote speaker was Ulrike Bechmann, a German academic theologian who currently works at the university of Gratz in Austria. Her thoughts on next year's WWDP reading (the parable of the workers in the vineyard) were incredibly deep and thought-provoking.
Helen was able to include teaching on coming into the Most Holy Place in worship, as well as some thoughts about prophetic worship. One of the other real joys was being able to sing over the women using songs such as Precious and Honoured and words given by God for the occasion.
If the committee decide to hold a similar conference in future, it is highly recommended!