Preparations for a very special weekend of praise and fellowship are gathering pace.
Seasoned composer Roger Jones will lead a two day musical workshop at Haydon Bridge Methodist Church, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June, with his team from Christian Ministries.
It will be based on one of Roger's newest musicals, 'Torn Curtain' – a series of eleven songs with narration in-between, focusing on the idea of the torn curtain and how, because of Jesus' sacrifice we can now come to God freely without any barrier.
The organisation team has invited people from across the Circuit to get involved, with a call for choir members, soloists and narrators. One of the organisers, Deborah Bell, is pleased to report that there has been some interest.
More volunteers are still required, however, and it is hoped that the choir will involve up to 30 people. Both men and women are being encouraged to get involved.
Following an initial meeting at Haydon Bridge, another is set to take place on 24th February, practice sessions are set to begin in March.
Attending the practice sessions is not essential, but is advised if possible. All participants will also be given a CD of their part, for practise at home.
A pianist has gratefully stepped forward to play during the sessions and Deborah said anyone who would like to sing, help with narration, or conducting the choir, should get in touch.
The weekend itself will end with a performance of the musical on the Sunday afternoon in front of an audience. The choir will be performing to a backing track supplied by Roger.
Over the past forty years Roger has written over twenty Christian musicals which have been performed across the UK.
A video premiere of the musical can be viewed on YouTube, if you search for 'Torn Curtain Roger Jones'.
Of course, the Haydon Bridge version will look different, but it gives a good idea of the music.
Regardless of your singing ability or whether you're a churchgoer or not, come and join the choir, help out with narration, conduct the choir or even join the organising team.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting at 7pm on Thursday 24th February, at Haydon Bridge Methodist Church.
For more information contact Deborah Bell on 07990928976 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Jenny Porterpryde