There has been a long tradition of choral singing at Bethel Church, whilst congregational singing is still a major blessing of our weekly services and is often commented upon by visiting ministers and speakers.The Church Choir has been constant throughout the church’s history and the current choir is proud to continue this long tradition. The choir performs throughout the year at all of the ‘special’ services, such as Harvest, Church Anniversary and Christmas. In addition, a highlight of the church year is the choir’s Easter and Christmas Cantatas. The choir is augmented by friends from other church fellowships and generally performs to a full church, recounting the story and true meaning of the relevant season in word and song. Congregation and choir members alike are moved by the wonderful musical pieces linked by suitable bible readings. We are indeed blessed to retain such committed singers.
Good Friday Easter Cantata – Cradle to Cross – 14th April 2017
The choir presented the Easter Cantata ‘Cradle to Cross’ to a very full church. This told the story in word and song of Christ’s coming, life, ministry, death and resurrection. The choir, almost 30 strong, were obviously uplifted by the occasion (and the message) and gave a tremendous performance, which touched all those present. The hymn singing alone was inspirational and the whole evening was led very capably and caringly by our Connexional President Ken McDermott, to whom we extend our thanks.
The offering, which amounted to £450 was split between ‘Wateraid’ and a local charity ‘Helping the homeless in Wigan’.
In summary – a great day of prayer and worship. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
Good Friday Easter Cantata – Resurrection Morn – 25th March 2016
On Good Friday evening the Church was full to listen to and join in the annual Choir Cantata. This year entitled ‘Resurrection Morn’ it told the story in word and song of the first Holy Week culminating in the glorious chorus ‘Christ is Risen’ on that morning of resurrection.
It was a joy to welcome the I.M. Connexional President – Ken McDermott as chairman for the evening and to also see so many friends from across the Connexion together with brothers and sisters from local churches of all denominations.
Approximately 130 were present who almost lifted the roof in their singing of the congregational hymns. An offering was taken to be split 3 ways between Cancer / Parkinsons / Dementia Charities. This amounted to the tremendous total of £600.
A time of fellowship, with drinks and biscuits, followed in the school hall, which was a fitting end to a wonderful evening of praise.
A very big thankyou to all who took part and especially to all those who supported with their presence.