By PAUL SIMS
Two Starkville churches have teamed up to bring a contemporary Christmas concert to the community and Mississippi State University Sunday.
First Baptist and Calvary Baptist churches will perform “God Coming Down” in the Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall on the MSU campus.
There are three features distinguishing this year’s performance from what FBC has done in the past with its Christmas performances, said Tom Jenkins, FBC’s music minister. These are location, the combined church choirs – including about 100 voices and around 25 musicians – and the fact it will be a contemporary worship concert.
This incorporates a few favorite carols “but in a new, fresh, contemporary format,”
“I think something like this is a really great opportunity to enlarge our boundaries,” said Terrell Jackson, music minister at CBC.
“There are always challenges in sharing the conductor’s baton. But the benefits far outweigh the challenges,” Jenkins said. “And in a work like this, the larger the performance group, the better the presentation’s going to be,” Jackson said.
“The combination is going to make for a fun yet powerful evening. There’s new freshness and energy by combining the groups,” Jenkins said.
Jackson and Jenkins are co-conductors and co-worship leaders.
They described the concert ‘s message.
“The central theme of our program is hope,” Jenkins said. “One of the narrations says don’t lose home; God sees you and he cares for you,” Jackson said.
Jenkins added that the perception is that parking is bad, but there are four parking lots which are free and open to the public on Sunday night.
Admission is free but organizers will take an offering which will benefit the Golden Triangle Life Choices Crisis Pregnancy Center.
The program starts at 6 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
For information, call 323-5633 or 323-1448.