BISHOP ERIC BROWN GUEST OF HONOUR AT GALA BANQUET
Over 200 people attended a special Gala Banquet held in honour of Bishop Eric Brown, the outgoing National Overseer of the New Testament Church of God, one of Britain’s oldest and largest Black Pentecostal church denominations.
He was joined by a wealth of NTCG ministers, including Bishop Derek Webley, Bishop Claion Grandison and Bishop Donald Bolt, who was recently inaugurated as the new National Overseer. Other special guests included Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, and Rev Joel Edwards, who was ordained within the NTCG.
Hosted by Leony Titus and Bishop Norman Gooden, guests enjoyed entertainment from singer Carla Ellington, Bishop George ‘The Flame’ Beason and comedian Bishop Shacklefoot, as well as tributes made to Bishop Brown from a wide range of people, including Bishop Alfred Reid of the Church of God of Prophecy; Paulette Simpson of Jamaica National, who sponsored the event, and Dr Joel Edwards, who gave the closing address.
In his response to the glowing tributes, Bishop Brown, who served as National Overseer, spoke of his love for the church and gave special thanks to his wife, Millicent, their three sons, their wives and his grandchildren. Also present were his siblings and 90-year-old mother.
Bishop Brown will take some time out before deciding upon his next step, but made it clear he will continue serving God and the church, as long as he has breath.
SINGERS UNITE TO SUPPORT KIDNAPPED GIRLS
Sixty female vocalists, including 70s pop star Linda Lewis and soul singer Jocelyn Brown, as well as singers from the world of UK Gospel, like Bomi Diri, winner of the 2012 Time 2 Shine gospel talent show, Natalie Phillips and Adelaide Mackenzie, were amongst those who participated in the recording of charity single, ‘Women of Hope’, written by Michelle John, backing singer to the stars and a former lead singer with LCGC.
The song, which was released in September, aims to raise money for new charity KODA (Keeping Our Dreams Alive). Founded by Yvonne Bruce and Catherine Labinjo, the charity aims to support young women throughout the world to fulfil their dreams and educational aspirations. Funds raised from the sales of the single will be used to raise awareness for the #bringbackourgirls campaign, launched earlier this year in response to the kidnapping of over 200 school girls by Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram.
Visit www.koda.org.uk for more details.
BBC 1 SONGS OF PRAISE GOSPEL CHOIR OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
Make sure you tune into BBC 1’s Songs of Praise on September 28 and October 5 to catch the performances of the six choirs that made it through to the finals of the second gospel choir competition broadcast on the show. The six choirs were The B.I.G. Choir from London; AINE from the North of England; The Reapers Choir from London; Gospel Rhythms from Coventry; Lewes Sings Gospel from East Sussex, and Living Faith Connections Choir from Barking.
The choirs strut their vocal stuff in front of a panel of judges, comprising radio presenter Muyiwa; r’n’b singer Mica Paris, and vocal coach Carrie Grant, and a packed audience at the Hackney Empire. I was one of the lucky people in the audience who watched all the performances, and I can say it was a close call. I even know who won, but I can’t say, so watch and see. It’ll be worth it.