Children’s Concert 2011

Children’s Concert 2011

Would you like the opportunity to support an event involving local school children coming together to learn more about the Bible and Christian teaching in a fun and exciting way?  Whatever gifts God has given you or passions He has kindled, we would love you to use them to reach out to thousands of local children and families in Kendal and District.

Churches Together in Kendal & District are offering Key Stage Two children from fourteen local primary schools (Ghyllside, Heron Hill, Stramongate, Castle Park, Vicarage Park, St. Thomas’, Dean Gibson, St Mark’s Natland, Old Hutton, Crosscrake, St Oswald’s, Selside, Grayrigg and St Patrick’s Endmoor) the opportunity to participate in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. There are two proposed performances on Monday 14th February and Wednesday 16th February 2011, with seven schools participating per day.

We need an ecumenical group to be involved in the planning of this event                                            and a team of volunteers to help on Mon 14th & Wed 16th Feb 2011.

The show will be put together at Holy Trinity (as our biggest church) on each day, culminating in an evening performance for parents/carers.   So that the rest of the pupils would have the opportunity to see the show they are invited to come to the fully-staged dress rehearsal in the afternoon.   The children performing would then go home for some food and a rest, to be brought back by their parents/carers in time for the early evening performance.

The event will be funded and run by Churches Together as an outreach and fundraising project.  We hope to include some brief narration linking the songs, focussing on the biblical messages and Christian values within this Old Testament story.  It will be free of charge to schools, but with a £2 ticket price for the evening performance.  If any parents/carers cannot afford this, then Churches Together will be happy to issue the school with free tickets so they can see their child perform.

The production would be directed by Mark Swinton, Holy Trinity’s young and charismatic Director of Music.  We are very grateful to him for giving up his time for free.   He has offered to visit all participating schools in late January or early February to have a final rehearsal with the children.    The plan is that each school would be asked to prepare and present just one of the songs, in costume, with acting, movement or dance as appropriate and all the children would sing together ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door To Me’.

If you are or know of an outstanding local accompanist who might be prepared to play for the rehearsals and performances for a modest fee, please could they themselves contact Mark asap on K-723336.  Due to the stressful nature of the work coping with undoubtedly under-rehearsed children, we need a very experienced, patient and skilled pianist.

There will be a choice of three initial planning meetings with Holly Swinton as co-ordinator to be held in the Choir Vestry at Holy Trinity, on Mon 22nd Nov at 11am, Wed 24th Nov at 8pm or Fri 26th Nov at 2pm (please just turn up).  If you cannot attend any of these meetings, but would still like to register your interest or be involved, please e-mail Holly Swinton or phone me on K-738428.

Please pray for the success of this venture and the work of Churches Together.      Sue Rowley

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