Leamington Community Choir Makes Major Impact

28th June 2018

On Saturday 16 June, The Mission Community Choir from Leamington Spa Seventh-day Adventist church, made its public debut at the Leamington Peace Festival held in the town centre. The Mission Community Choir, which has been running for just over a year, were successful in their application and allocated a slot on the main stage at midday. The original intention behind the formation of the choir, apart from giving its members the chance to sing together and praise God, was to open its doors to the wider community. The public performance gave us the perfect opportunity to witness to Leamington Spa and simultaneously launch the 'community' aspect.

As singing has been proven to benefit mental health ‒ proving amongst other things to strengthen the immune system, help with sleep, lower stress levels and is a natural antidepressant ‒ The Mission Community Choir specifically supported this positive approach through wearing brightly coloured T-shirts for the event.

Our songs were really positively received, especially our version of 'I Sing Because I'm Happy' which got everyone smiling and even encouraged some young people from the audience to join us on stage.

The Leamington Peace Festival, is an annual event which was celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The Leamington church has for many years run a Health Expo stall at the Peace Festival which has always been successful, but this year we followed up with a series of weekly events to promote general well-being in the community. These events include a healthy eating workshop, a craft workshop, a mindfulness workshop and then a month after the Peace Festival, a follow-up health check. We encourage you to pray for our outreach programme at The Mission during the coming year.

Our thanks go to Laura Fuller who is a champion choir leader and to Tilly Harrison and her team for all their hard work and dedication in making and promoting the event at the Peace Festival year after year so successfully.

[Hazel Layland]

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