Lo­cal choir to mark 25 years

The Compass - - NEWS -

The Bri­gus, Cupids, Ge­orge­town Male Choir will cel­e­brate its 25 years of gospel singing min­istry Oct. 18 with a spe­cial Sun­day ser­vice at Cupids United Church. The ser­vice is set for 7 p. m.

Rev. Rus­sell Small founded the male choir on Oct. 17, 1984, when he was the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the Bri­gus, Cupids, Ge­orge­town Pas­toral Charge of the United Church.

“When Rev. Small left the pas­toral charge for a new call­ing,” choir leader Harold Clarke re­calls, “ he urged the group to con­tinue what he classified as a vi­tal church min­istry.

“ It has been 25 years since we started this min­istry, and many things have tran­spired since that time. At the mo­ment we have 18 mem­bers,” the choir leader points out.

Be­sides Clarke, who also

“We be­gan our min­istry as a United Church Choir, but with the ex­pan­sion of re­li­gious in­sight, we have be­come ec­u­meni­cal in na­ture.”

— CHOIR LEADER HAROLD CLARKE

plays gui­tar, Lena Payne is the or­gan­ist, and Art Web­ber plays banjo.

In­clud­ing him­self Clarke says, “ we cur­rently have only six orig­i­nal choir mem­bers af­ter 25 years, Lena Payne, Roy and Ross Dawe, Henry Percy and Melvin Oates.

“ Since its in­cep­tion the choir has lost 30 mem­bers,” he notes. “ Some of the younger mem­bers have left to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion; some have left to find steady em­ploy­ment; and some have passed on to their glory. Our min­istry has been var­ied to say the least.

“ We be­gan our min­istry as a United Church Choir, but with the ex­pan­sion of re­li­gious in­sight, we have be­come ec­u­meni­cal in na­ture. We have of­fered our min­istry to many faiths, which has taken us as far west as Lewis­porte in this prov­ince and to North Syd­ney, Nova Sco­tia. We are still ac­tive in God’s ser­vice, and try to go wher­ever He calls us.”

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