Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir has launched its Autumn Season of Gospel Music Services at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.
The services held on the second Sunday of each month are part of St James’s rolling programme of Sunday Evening services known as ‘Sundays at Six’. St James's is part of the Church of England and welcomes people of all faiths and none, and we hope that as a result, people who might not normally come to church will feel comfortable enjoying this music in this beautiful and historic setting.
Each service has a different theme although the format of each is a Eucharist, a common form of Christian worship at which the last supper is reenacted. This was the final meal Jesus ate with his disciples before he was arrested and crucified and it was at this time that he asked his disciples to remember him by eating bread and wine.
We start our season with an Open Air service in September, held in the church’s courtyard which is home to a market during the week.
In October we’re teaming up with Traidcraft to draw attention their work fighting poverty through fair trade. Social justice is a central Christian theme, espoused by all churches. Traidcraft is a natural fit because St James’s has run a successful Traidcraft stall for many years.
November sees us back in more familiar territory with a Remembrance Day service. Gospel music, traditional as well as contemporary, is best known for praising, rejoicing and celebrating. However it can also be reflective, and on this day we will be tapping into that quieter side of the music.
These gospel music services at St James’s are emblematic of the choir’s mission to make contemporary gospel music more accessible by exposing it to audiences outside the Pentecostal churches which are its usual home. We also sing at Farm Street Catholic Church in Mayfair on the last Sunday of each month.
The choir believes that gospel music has the power to inspire and encourage and to draw people closer to each other and to God. We would like to see a world in which gospel songs by Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond sit alongside the great Wesleyan hymns and the Taize chant book.
For further comment or to receive copies of our flyer for distribution, please contact publicity officer, Matt Sexton on firstname.lastname@example.org.