Love singing and looking for an August bank holiday activity with a difference? Then look no more. Head to beautiful Saltaire United Reformed Church in West Yorkshire and join in August Praise; an attempt to sing all 1021 hymns in Complete Mission Praise (1st edition).
Organised by Mrs Valerie Jenkins, church member of Saltaire URC (and pictured here, outside the church), the marathon singing session is estimated to take 42 hours and will mark the centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference (the forerunner of the modern ecumenical movement) and the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Mission Praise hymn book. “But” laughs Mrs. Jenkins, “don’t think we are asking the impossible and expecting singers to sign up for the whole 42 hours – we’ve divided the time into half-hour sessions and are encouraging enthusiastic soloists, choirs, groups of family, friends, colleagues to commit to one or more thirty minute slots.”
“It will,” continues Mrs Jenkins, “be a fantastic way to spend all or part of the Bank Holiday weekend. We’re inviting local singers as well as those from further afield. Saltaire village is a world heritage site and buzzing with activity during bank holiday weekends, so an hour or so singing could be just be one part of a day out. So far church groups, choirs, families and duets have all signed up – but we have plenty of room for others to join. Whoever you are and wherever you are we would love to welcome you to Saltaire next month. Musical talent is an asset, but enthusiasm is essential!”
Mrs Val Morrison, moderator of the General Assembly of the URC and Yorkshire resident, adds: “If you are thinking of visiting Yorkshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend, I’d really encourage you to sign up for one of the half hour singing slots and head for Saltaire. There’s loads to see and do in the village and it’s also a fantastic opportunity to sing the Gospel and bear witness to your faith.”
The Mission Praise marathon will take place at the following times:
- Thursday 26 August 7-10pm
- Friday 27 August 10am – 7pm
- Saturday 28 August 10.30am – 8pm
- Sunday 29 August 10.30am – 7.30pm
- Monday 30 August 9am – 5.30pm.
Added to website: 21 August 2010