There's just time to send our news before the rush of Christmas cards and newsletters (do keep your eye out for ours in the next few weeks!). November 2019 really has been an exciting month for us, seeing God move in incredible ways.
Our main news is the success of our visit to the United Arab Emirates. Mary and I, along with a wonderful CMM team of Ann Steer, Bill Carpenter, Devon Brown, Mick and Lorraine Green, Paul Edwards and Yvette Roberts flew out to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 12th October. Then followed a whirlwind two weeks including three performances of Rock, Two Spirit Works evenings, three opportunities to preach and numerous other meetings and rehearsals. The performances in Al Ain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi all were absolutely wonderful, and the latter included a choir of 200 and was live-streamed on YouTube. You can watch again here, although the actual performance of Rock doesn't start until 30 minutes in! I have written a fuller report of the visit, which you can read on our blog here.
We are also absolutely delighted to be able to announce that the video of the premiere of Torn Curtain is also available to watch on YouTube. This was our special performance with a scratch choir of approaching 200 and a live orchestra of over 40 players. If you are unsure, this musical of Torn Curtain is 11 songs exploring how we are welcomed into the presence of Jesus through the curtain to worship and find intimacy with God. This is separate from the Torn Curtain communion setting, and there will be more information on this in a future mailing.
CMM Choir have just begun their tour of Simeon performances, with two brilliant first productions at Harborne Baptist Church and St Thomas' Aldridge. If you'd like to see them in action there's still plenty of time:
Saturday 30th November, 7pm, St John's Church, Walsall Wood
Sunday 8th December, 6pm, Holy Trinity Church, Lickey
Sunday 26th January, 6pm, Longbridge Retirement Village
Sunday 2nd February, 6pm, Chasetown Methodist Church
Sunday 9th February, 6.30pm, Marston Green Baptist Free Church
Finally, if you're stuck for any Christmas present ideas, don't forget about all we have to offer!
For presents on a Christmassy theme, why not try Alison Fuggle's wonderful Christmas poetry book, 'With all the trimmings', or our CD 'Songs of Christmas'?
Or for those looking to grow in their relationship with Jesus we have our 'Spirit Works' and 'Worship Works' books.
For the book lovers among you there's Alison Fuggle's novel 'Encourager' or Graham Allan's biography of Roger, 'Musical Man'
Finally, we have lots of excellent CDs of course! We particularly recommend our new releases - Tim's new jazzy instrumental CD 'Jones got rhythm' or our brand new musical 'Torn Curtain'.
God bless you all, and watch this space for our Christmas newsletters!