Sat 25 Mar, Wesley Memorial Church
Although there has been a Methodist presence in New Inn Hall Street since 1783, the present church was built in 1878. To celebrate the centenary in 1978, the interior of the church was re-ordered replacing the pews on the ground floor with chairs. As a result, we have been able to use this space not only for worship but also for concerts, plays and musicals, art exhibitions and public meetings. Recent events have included BBC Songs of Praise (Easter 2011) and a series of concerts by the Oxford Sinfonia in 2012. Concerts in 2013 have included the Oxford Gospel Choir, the Oxford University Brass Band, The Starfire Singers from Los Altos Methodist Church in California performing Justix, The Moonrakers Folk Group and a Piano Recital by Alexander Ardakov.
Facilities: Toilets, disabled access, rehearsal rooms, refreshments (no alcohol) sometimes available if provided by promoter. No parking facilities.
New Inn Hall Street,
John Bell of the Iona Community is a hymn writer, Church of Scotland minister and broadcaster. He travels the world teaching on worship, spirituality and social justice.
The music and words that John Bell writes often express the experience of people to God as much as speaking of God to people. ‘Heaven shall not wait for the poor to lose their patience…’, ‘God give us life when all around spells death…’,‘Take, oh take me as I am; summon out what I shall be…’.
The Big Sing is an opportunity to experience singing these inspiring and challenging songs, led by this inspiring and challenging man in the company of many other enthusiastic people. All are welcome – this is not an event just for trained singers or members of choirs. Come and sing your heart out!
Duration: 2 hours