NEC Church Pastor Sings for 2018 ADRA Appeal
6th April 2018
Each year the ADRA coordinator is tasked with rallying the local church to get out and collect funds for the appeal by speaking to friends, family and colleagues, encouraging them to donate money. The ADRA team wanted to put the fun into fundraising by organising a concert for the community and having planned a successful fun night last year, decided to do it again.
So as churches around the country were preparing for the beginning of the 2018 ADRA Annual Appeal, Leicester St Matthew's Community Fellowship was getting ready for their second annual ADRA fundraising concert and auction.
On 31 March, the nervous organisers peered out into the night at the rain and overcast sky hoping that the promise of a song-filled evening would be enough to entice as many people to venture down to the Bridge on the St Matthew's estate. However, they were not disappointed and the seats began to fill.
By 7:30 pm food was prepared, drinks chilled and voices were warmed up to perform for the benefit concert.
The line-up for the evening was LaDonna Bunney, The Joseph Sisters, George Acquah and a bonus performer in our very own Pastor Jonathan Holder (however this came with conditions). MC and now auctioneer Sally-Anne, went to work getting the audience excited to take part in the auctions for several great experiences and services offered by various members of the church including a luxury dining experience, an amazing vegan bespoke cake and the skills of a handyman.
As the evening continued anticipation for the final performer grew but then a spanner was thrown in the works by Pastor Holder by adding the condition that £150 be raised before he sang. He also threw in a surprise bid for all the serving elders to sing together.
Our three elders, George Acquah, Fred Clark-Baptiste and our MC rose to the challenge and gave a melodic 'Blessed Assurance'.
In the meantime, Pastor Holder stood at the back of the room quietly confident that he would not have to sing that evening; however, he underestimated the crowd and in record time they had raised the money needed.
And so, the evening came to a close after a rousing performance of 'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus'. He brought the house down with his mellow tones and heartfelt words. See here for video.
After an evening of fantastic singing, good food and amazing fellowship all were pleased to have it announced that they had raised more than double than had been raised at the previous year's event.
This was £512 which meant that at the very start of the season St Matthew's Community Fellowship are nearly a third of the way to collecting their goal of approximately £1800