Post Update: This event has now taken place and a description of it may be found here: http://soulsanctuarygospel.com/about-us/blog/celebration-marking-two-yea...
Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and St James’s Church, Piccadilly will be marking two years of gospel music services with a celebratory cup of tea and slice of cake after the 6pm service on Sunday 12th June 2016.
The service - “The Gospel Music Spirit” is part of St James’s rolling programme of Sunday evening services known as “Sundays at Six” and features a eucharist service with songs from contemporary gospel artists such as Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond.
Gospel Music is not often heard in Anglican churches like St James’s but the church and the choir firmly believe in it’s beauty and transforming power and the role it can play in reaching out to people who might not normally consider being involved in a christian community.
Rector, Rev Lucy Winkett says:
“It's not just about the music. It's not just about people coming in and singing it. Its about becoming part of our wider family and that has been really fantastic.”
The choir sing regularly with their band, once a month, at both at St James’s and at Farm Street Catholic Church in Mayfair. Over the last year they have performed on BBC Radio 2 and at London’s Jazz Cafe as well as the Big Church Day Out (a huge christian music festival) in Sussex.
The choir is keen to share its resources by providing workshops and online resources such as sheet music, practice audio files and backing tracks to encourage other churches to try Gospel music. They can even help them to set up their own gospel choirs.
For more information about the service and for interviews and more comment, please contact Matt Sexton.