Children’s choir hits right note
Pair pass on joy of singing
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.
The Reverend Mo Morgan and Beth Savage at St James Presbyterian Church.