© Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now
The Amherst Wesleyan Church Praise Team has been rehearsing in preparation for the Evening of Song and Praise in support of the Amherst Food Bank Sunday at the Wesleyan Church on Cornwall Avenue. The AWC Praise Team is: (front, from left) Becky Chitty, Ardie Eaton, Tammy Baxter, Jocelyn Laurette, Raymond Fancy, (back, from left) James Bell, Mike Dawson, Peter Baxter on Drums and Trista Fancy on Piano.
AMHERST - An Evening of Song and Praise will take place Sunday at the Amherst Wesleyan Church beginning at 7 p.m., which is located on Cornwall Avenue.
"This is the sixth year we've done this," said Rev. Raymond Fancy at the Wesleyan Church. "It started out as a way to bring the church together with a community cause, with the community cause being the food bank, which is always in need."
The evening has grown each successive year.
"The first year we had 150 people attend and last year we had 350, so it's really grown, said Fancy. "It's become quite popular. It's the highlight of the church year."
This year there will be nine musical groups participating in the event, including: Spring St. Academy Choir, Holy Family Choir, Northumberland Pastoral Charge Choir, First Baptist Choir, McCully Pastoral Charge Choir, The Fella's, Roy Pettigrew with Kathy VanSnick, AWC Praise Team and of course the ever popular Clergy Choir.
"Some groups will sing a song and other songs will involve the congregation, so we try to make it a fun evening," said Fancy.
People are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, and special offerings will also be accepted.
"The last couple of years the offering has exceeded $1,200 and the groceries have been worth a couple of thousand of dollars," said Fancy.
Fancy says the food bank is always in need of help.
"With the cold coming people are always needing money to help heat their homes," he said.
The song and praise will be followed by a time of fellowship.
"Everyone is invited," said Fancy.
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