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HymnFest - a special and unique ministry in music

HymnFest - a special and unique ministry in music

HymnFest - a special and unique ministry in music

2 April 2018

Over a hundred seniors gathered recently at Coffs Harbour Corps for Hymnfest to enjoy an afternoon of singing the grand old hymns of the Christian faith.

By Major Don Austin

In these days of great change, The Salvation Army is using all sorts of methods and contemporary music to reach out to others about God.

One great and urgent need is that older people are grieving for the much-loved and grand old hymns of “The Christian Faith”, which are so rich and deep in spiritual meaning.

In 2013, myself, Irene Austin, and Errol and Heather Grice, all of Coffs Harbour Corps in NSW, felt strongly called by God to meet this particular need. HymnFest was commenced, which is now held twice a year on a Sunday afternoon. There are four brackets of hymn singing, and a few appropriate musical items and organ solos. Many people from all over the district attend, some travelling long distances, even from interstate.

The unique side of HymnFest is that it is a combination of old and new – the singing of the grand old hymns, plus the use of exciting computer technology to access and play magnificent virtual pipe organs from some of the great churches and cathedrals around the world. Singing the hymns to the accompaniment of these organs is a thrilling and deeply moving experience.

Salvationists at Coffs Harbour acknowledge that HymnFest is God’s doing. They praise and thank God that he has made possible and entrusted them with this special and unique ministry in music, which he is using for his glory and the blessing, encouragement and inspiration of many people.

A video of HymnFest on 22 October, 2017, which saw 220 people present, has been produced and is available. For information about the video and HymnFest, please phone (02) 6658 9683.

The next HymnFest will be on Sunday 20 May at 2.30pm. Why not plan a trip to beautiful Coffs Harbour for the weekend, to attend HymnFest?

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