Friday 3 April 2020

Man of Sorrows - an email from CMM

Hi Folks

This April eNews comes out at the start of Holy Week, and as Christians we know there is great hope and a life beyond all things happening around us. With Jesus we have a story to share and a presence to know.

None of us are unaffected by the present crisis, though some much more seriously than others. We must not underestimate the pain and devastation that so many are experiencing, and things may well be harder over the next weeks. Be assured of our love and prayers, and please do keep in touch!

At CMM we are all self-isolating - I myself am finding the absence of person-to-person contact particularly difficult. I miss you all! However, we maintain a “window” with the world.

  • Amy, Annie, Helen and Tim are working from home, but use phone calls, social media and shared drives to keep in touch as much as we can.
  • Mary and I, (helped by Poppy!) have CMM and the house to ourselves but do our best to co-ordinate things and fulfil the occasional mail-order. Sales are significantly reduced.
  • I’ve written three songs so far, so am getting into creative mode! I just don’t know where it will lead!
  • Despite many postponements, the CMM Diary is starting to grow into 2021.

CMM PRODUCTS – musicals, recordings, collections, etc

Why not increase your repertoire with more of our songs and albums? Many have Easter themes e.g. Jerusalem Joy, Saints Alive, Mary Magdalene, Pharisee, Snakes & Ladders, Two Sisters, Rock etc
  • Order from us (we’ll get them to you asap)
  • Listen on Spotify etc
  • Download recordings from iTunes, Amazon - books from Kindle, etc
  • Much of our sheet music is available from Sheet Music Plus
  • NB. Every digital order helps – listening to CMM material online brings a small revenue!


We are running the show remotely
  • Every Wednesday 6-8pm (repeated Thu 11am-1pm)
  • Each Sunday at 11am we cover the morning service from Catshill Baptist, with Rev Simon Gudger
  • I’ll be doing a “Thought for the Day”, based on a “Jerusalem Joy” song each day from this Sat 04 April right through to Easter Day.  This will be broadcast on the radio, but I hope to also publish a text version on our Facebook page.
  • You can catch up of most past shows of Heart & Soul - there is a catalogue here on the CMM Blog


Like so many organisations, we are being tightly squeezed. We have recently released a new information leaflet showing how you can support and be part of the CMM ministry.

So, in whatever your situation, problems and opportunities, I pray the blessing of the Lord himself:

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Num 6:23-25)

Here’s one of our best-loved tracks: Man of sorrows

Dear friends, be blessed, be safe, and stay close to him. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Roger Jones

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