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November 2012


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Sheila Jackson

On Sunday 21 October during the evening service Sheila Jackson, a member here at St Stephen's, was presented with a certificate for preaching for 40 years.  The choir took part in this special service and we all congratulate Sheila on this very special event.

Sheila had requested that the Choir support the service, singing hymns and anthems they had used during her 40 years of service.  Appropriately during the same service, three choir members received long service awards. Michael Taylor has sung with the choir for 60 years and Rosalind and David Williams for 50 years. The awards came from “Art Serve” the Methodist department which covers all creative activities within Methodism, including music. What a wonderful celebration.


Organ  Recital by Ian Tracey

In September our new Makin Westmorland custom organ was given a treat with Ian Tracey (Liverpool Cathedral & Liverpool City Organist) playing to over one hundred people.  This raised £540 for church funds.


PROFESSOR IAN TRACEY has had a life-long association with Liverpool Cathedral and its music. In 1980 he became the youngest Cathedral Organist in the Country, and after 27 years service in 2007, the Dean & Chapter created the post of ‘Organist Titulaire’, allowing him the freedom to devote more time to playing, lecturing, recording and writing. Since his appointment in 1980, he has played most of the major venues in this country, and an increasing number in Europe; and is very much in demand in the U.S.A.,

He is a frequent broadcaster with the BBC and a regular soloist at the Proms. His recordings on the Cathedral Organ have met with wide acclaim from the critics, Over the past 25 years, has conducted 200 concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. In 2009, the Guild of Church Musicians, awarded him Fellowships for distinguished services to church music and his international reputation as a church musician.  His other posts include: Organist to the City of Liverpool; at St. George's Hall; Chorus Master to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society; Guest Director of Music for the BBC Daily Service, Professor, Fellow and Organist at Liverpool, John Moores University, Tonal Consultant to Makin Organs and past president of the Incorporated Association of Organists of Great Britain.     

Holiday Club 2012

This year Holiday Club was called 'On Your Marks' and had a 'Global Games' sports theme. A five day holiday club for children aged 5 - 11 based on significant events from the life of Jesus with stories from Mark's Gospel.  The children discovered and began to experience what it is like to be a member of the team that has Jesus as the leader.

Included were the usual mix of activities including games, songs, drama and craft. The children had a great time and of course on Friday evening we had our show and tell evening followed by our usual fish and chip supper! 
A big thanks to everyone involved.

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