Local choir to mark 25 years
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.”