Due to congregational demand, Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Richhill is to host a series of praise nights where everyone can sing ‘Old Time Favourite Hymns’.
Rev Billy Elliot said: “Because a number of people in our congregation and beyond were lamenting how many of the old, much loved hymns were sadly being neglected in public worship, we in Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Sleepy Valley, decided to commence a series of praise nights in which we would sing these “Old Time Favourite Hymns”, give some information about the person who wrote them and the stories behind them.
“Much hard work was done in preparation, an open invitation was given and the first praise night took place at 7:30 on Friday evening 4th September when our building was filled with people from our own church and a number of different churches in Richhill and beyond, who joyfully and wholeheartedly sang the praises of their God.
“On that occasion the hymns included ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ by Joseph Scriven, Amazing Grace by John Newton, ‘Rock of Ages’ by Augustus Toplady, ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ by George Bennard, ‘My Jesus I love you’ by William Ralph Featherstone, ‘When peace like a river’ by Horatio Gates Spafford, and ‘How Great Thou Art’ which was translated into English from Russian by Stuart Kine.
“The service was followed by supper. There was a marvellous atmosphere and everyone agreed that the evening was a great success and wanted to know when the next one would be.
“God willing, the next Praise Night will be at 7:30 on Saturday evening 17th October and it will be part of the churches Harvest Thanksgiving Celebrations which will continue on Sunday 18th at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm
“Once again there is an open invitation to come along and join us. The format of the evening will be as before. We will sing old, much loved hymns with a Harvest theme and give some background information about the hymn writers and the stories behind the hymns. We hope to sing ‘Come ye thankful people come’ by Henry Alford, ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ by Matthias Claudius, ‘Bringing in the sheaves’ by Knowles Shaw, ‘All things bright and beautiful’ by Cecil Frances Alexander, ‘Great is thy faithfulness’ by Thomas Chisholm, ‘For the beauty of the earth’ by Folliott Pierpoint and ‘Now thank we all our God’ by Martin Rinkart.
“Looking ahead we aim to hold to a Christmas Praise Service at 3:30pm on Sunday, 20th December, when we will be singing and telling the stories behind the old, much loved Christmas carols.”