Easter Gospel Choir a Suc­cess

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Made­line Mulholland, Stanstead

A mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion of Easter took place on Good Fri­day at lo­cal se­niors res­i­dence, Manoir Stanstead. The evan­gel­i­cal, Protes­tant church, Lu­mière des Na­tions, headed by pas­tor Matthieu Anku, of­fered a non-de­nom­i­na­tional Easter con­cert to Stanstead’s cit­i­zens last Fri­day. De­tails of the event were cov­ered in the March 28th edi­tion of the Stanstead Jour­nal, where an in­vi­ta­tion to the public was ex­tended by Anku. The con­cert fea­tured 4 multi-cul­tural gospel singing groups, a chil­dren’s choral group and an ado­les­cent gospel-hip hop dance group. The public turned out in large num­bers for the event, with ap­prox­i­mately 200 to 250 guests in at­ten­dance. Although nu­mer­ous res­i­dents of Manoir Stanstead were present, the choral per­for­mance was also well at­tended by young adults and fam­i­lies, some of whom trav­elled from Sher­brooke to take part.

The con­cert lasted for ap­prox­i­mately one and a half hours, con­sisted of lively, gospel hymns and soft melodies, and was per­formed in both English and French. Af­ter the per­for­mance a light meal was served while the per­form­ers min­gled with guests. Pas­tor Anku min­gled amongst at­ten­dees be­fore pub­licly of­fer­ing his thanks to both singers and guests. He expressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the op­por­tu­nity to visit Stanstead and to cel­e­brate Easter with lo­cal res­i­dents. His ad­dress ended with a brief prayer and bless­ing. Many of those in at­ten­dance expressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the church for or­ga­niz­ing the event, claim­ing it has been some time since they ex­pe­ri­enced an Easter choir per­for­mance. Many com­pli­mented the choral per­form­ers, most es­pe­cially the chil­dren singers, claim­ing it was en­joy­able hear­ing such tal­ented chil­dren sing. The se­niors expressed plea­sure in watch­ing the chil­dren per­form, en­joy­ing their pres­ence at the res­i­dence. Rachel Gau­thier, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tor for the church, also expressed plea­sure at the op­por­tu­nity to bring this event to Stanstead. She claims the event was a great suc­cess, had a good turn out, and the ap­pre­ci­a­tion expressed by guests was very heart warm­ing.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nall

Over two hun­dred peo­ple at­tended last Fri­day’s non-de­nom­i­na­tional cel­e­bra­tion at the Chapel of the Manoir Stanstead.

Sev­eral choirs from the Sher­brooke area sang dur­ing the event.

Phots Stanstead Jour­nal

Pas­tor Matthieu Anku (right) en­joy­ing the mu­sic at last Fri­day’s cel­e­bra­tion.

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