GRENFELL FIRE - LONDONLIVE ADVENTIST CHURCH LINKS UP WITH SIMON COWELL
22nd June 2017
With the shocking pictures that dominated our TV screens last week of the fire and subsequent smoking tower block, many people's hearts were moved by the horrific blaze and the countless people who died, were injured, displaced or are missing, presumed dead.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been involved in a number of ways to offer much needed help and support. The SEC Community Services department has been providing food items and clothing, as well as practical help. SEC pastors were encouraged by SEC President Pastor Emmanuel Osei to go to the site and offer a listening ear to the countless affected, with harrowing stories recounted each day. ADRA-UK and local churches are also playing their part.
One local church that has been influential is the LondonLive church under the pastorate of Paul King-Brown. Pastor Paul, as he is known in the community, has been working with his fellow ministers within the region to stem the tide of fear, concern and even anger.
Pastor Paul has quietly been working behind the scenes but his work has been noticed. As Choir director for the LondonLive Community Choir (LLCC) which he runs, Pastor Paul was approached for his choir to be part of a charity single produced by Simon Cowell to help raise awareness of the plight of those suffering but also to help raise funds to assist those who have lost everything in the fire.
The charity single that was released on Wednesday 21 June with a video has gone straight to number one in the iTunes charts and in 14 countries worldwide just hours after it was released. (See news article surrounding this and the video of the single here)The choir was joined by 300 voices made up of children and local vocal groups. The song, 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', was sung with passion as many local singers were still grieving and were personally touched by the Grenfell disaster.
Pastor Paul was also invited to appear on the BBC 1 The One Show the same evening with two other contributors and talked about their experiences in the recording of the single. Paul shared how he was approached for the choir to perform and said, "it was a bittersweet moment as one of the members of the choir had died in the fire." (See interview here.)
London Live Community Choir is an evangelism ministry that Pastor Paul King-Brown has been directing for over 5 years, producing over 14 concerts whose sole aim is for the local community to be the voices that are used. In this choir, there are no auditions and no age restrictions.
May we continue to pray for the local church ministries taking place behind the scenes following the disaster. Many ministries are happy to carry out their work with little media attention or exposure desired. Today we just highlight the work of the LondonLive Community Choir and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they seek to make a positive impact in that broken and fragile community.