Chil­dren’s choir hits right note

Pair pass on joy of singing

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS - By LIN FER­GU­SON

Small pri­mary school­child­ren from all over Whanganui head to St James Pres­by­te­rian Church in Whanganui East ev­ery Tues­day af­ter­noon for choir prac­tice.

The Rev­erend Mo Mor­gan said chil­dren love to sing and gath­er­ing them into a choir to sing to­gether was a bless­ing for every­one who heard them.

“Singing is joy­ful and chil­dren are won­der­ful. We love them here at our church.”

The church was very proud of its small Te Awa Choir who per­form at rest homes through­out Whanganui and at fes­ti­vals.

“The el­derly folk in rest homes talk about the chil­dren for weeks af­ter they have vis­ited.”

To join the Te Awa Choir costs $10 a term — and a packet of bis­cuits.

“We al­ways start our prac­tice with a drink and a bis­cuit,” said the Rev Mor­gan.

The small, sparkling choir will be singing at the Fes­ti­val of Cul­ture in Ma­jes­tic Square on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

Help­ing Rev Mor­gan with the choir is par­ent Beth Sav­age.

Though Beth and hus­band Andy and two small daugh­ters have only lived in Whanganui for just over year, she said she’s happy be­cause it is such a friendly and wel­com­ing town.

The fam­ily moved out from Bre­vard, a small town in North Carolina in the United States, where she and Andy were coun­sel­lors at a sum­mer camp.

Help­ing Rev Mo at St James is a plea­sure for Beth.

“We love this church and its con­gre­ga­tion. Every­one is wel­come, every­one is very friendly.”

Rev Mo said she was care­ful to en­sure her ser­mons are never long and te­dious. “I love to talk to my con­gre­ga­tion but I never want to bore them.”

And she makes sure the choir sing songs that peo­ple love, from old well-known songs like A Long Way to Tip­per­ary, songs from mu­si­cals and a few pop­u­lar songs of wor­ship.

“We love our choir — they bring us great joy ev­ery week.”

Tiny tots; big voices — the Te Awa kids choir.

PHOTO / LIN FER­GU­SON

The Rev­erend Mo Mor­gan and Beth Sav­age at St James Pres­by­te­rian Church.

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