On Saturday Wendy and her daughter, Melanie, attended a concert at Jubilee Hall, Brewood. Performing were the Brewood Singers (who sang in a concert in church last year). The choir performed a variety of songs and it was a joy to listen to. They were conducted by their Musical Director, David Brookes. Margaret Simpson accompanied them on the piano. The guest singer was tenor Luke Swatman. Luke used to sing with the Brewood Singers. Some of you may remember him appearing in The Voice UK. Luke performed songs from shows in the first half and then treated us to some classical pieces of music in the second half. For an encore he sang Nessun Dorma. It was superb and he received a standing ovation. You can follow the Brewood Singers on Facebook (https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrewoodSingerss) or on Twitter (@BrewoodSingerss) To follow Luke: see his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/events/2256761121257098/) or visit the website (www.LukeSwatman.com).
MIDLANDS WOMEN’S CONVENTION This year’s event in Solihull is on 12th October. The cost is £18 and £14 for concessions (full time students, those on benefits and pensions). 14-17 year olds cost £10. Please complete a form if you wish to attend so that we can decide on suitable transport to the event. If we need to hire a minivan then there will be an extra cost. Forms are available from Lynn, Wendy or at the back of church. The sooner we can book our places and our seminar preferences the more likely we are to get them. Please return the form to Lynn Castillo as soon as possible (or Wendy in Lynn’s absence). Some of us have attended these conventions before and they are wonderful with good seminars, singing and prayers.
Visit to the Baitul Muqeet Mosque A few weeks ago the ladies of our church received a kind invitation from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association to attend a multi-faith gathering. On 23rd June, Lynn Castillo, Sue Stokes and Margaret Wood were fortunate to attend the programme entitled, ‘If God exists then why is there evil and suffering?’ The inspirational speakers were Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Christian. The afternoon was informative with a real sense of fellowship between all. It was a joy to focus on those things we have in common rather than our differences. Sharing a wonderful meal at the end of the programme was a perfect way to end the event. We look forward to similar events in future.
On Tuesday, 7th May 2019, we hosted the Archdeacon’s Visitation. This service is the official admittance of Churchwardens as office holders of the Diocesan Bishop. During the service The Venerable Dr Susan Weller, Archdeacon of Walsall, delivered a sermon called the ‘Archdeacon’s Charge’, the aim of which is to offer advice, encouragement and support to parishes in general and Churchwardens in particular.
We were pleased to welcome Churchwardens and other congregation members from the following churches:
St Gabriel’s, Walsall
All Saints, Darlaston
St Lawrence, Darlaston
All Saints, Moxley
St John the Evangelist, Tipton
St Matthew’s, Tipton
St Michael’s, Tividale
St Paul and St Luke, Wednesbury
St Andrew's, Birchills, Walsall
AND, of course, our very own church when our Churchwardens Trevor Stokes and Marilyn Norton were sworn in to their role and office.
Visitors from elsewhere in the Archdeaconry were present, also.
The Churchwardens are Officers of the Bishop and they discharge their duties as are, by Law and Custom, assigned to them.
Well done to all of the Churchwardens. We wish you well in your roles.
The Church was decorated and lit in readiness for Christmas.
It was a welcome sight for visitors to our services.
We had a lovely Christmas meeting on 2nd December. The children helped perform 'The New Noisy Neighbour' nativity. They enjoyed making some items on the craft tables, too.
It was with regret that we had to cancel this concert due to poor ticket sales. Hopefully, we will be able to invite the Brewood Singers some time in the future.
The Brewood Singers are a mixed choral group, formed in 1973 by local people who were interested in singing as a hobby. Now they are a popular Midlands choir known for their repertoire of light songs (better described as classic pops), show and film music, traditional (some religious) and Christmas music. The variety of their repertoire has enabled them to perform many different types of concerts throughout the region at a variety of venues.
The Singers pride themselves on producing enjoyable and varied programmes, either on their own or with other musicians and performers. In recent years the group has increased the number of concerts they have performed and are happy to sing at a variety of venues both large and small. The Singers continue to perform at a variety of churches, village halls and larger venues, etc. They regularly perform in Brewood Parish Church, and have often invited guests to join them. In the past the Singers have performed with a variety of groups and artists from the UK and abroad. If you wish to know anything else, please have a look at their website. www.brewoodsingers.co.uk
David Brookes, Musical Director of Brewood Singers is, also, the Choirmaster and Organist at Polesworth Abbey. He has extended an invitation to us to visit the Abbey if we are in the Tamworth/Polesworth area where we will receive a warm welcome. The Abbey is open to visitors from 11 am to 3 pm each day except Mondays. (You may also get a cup of tea or coffee!)
The Abbey Church of St Editha is in Polesworth which is a large village in North Warwickshire near Tamworth. The Abbey was founded in the 9th century by St Modwena and King Egbert. The first abbess was Edgytha (daughter of King Egbert) now known as St Editha; the present church is named after her.