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Church on the Rock plans concert to feed children

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Barry Williams - File

Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer

Recently, there has been a cry from the public for Jamaican churches to become more involved in the preservation of the country's deteriorating social fabric. Perhaps the call comes from knowledge of the significant role that churches played in the building of the nation - the abolition of slavery and the building of schools to educate Jamaicans.

With such a platform as its nucleus, some children of Cassava Piece, located in St Andrew, will soon have reason to give praise.

This is due to another outreach programme planned by members of Church on the Rock, located in their community. The charitable act will manifest itself in the form of a concert dubbed Voice Meets Violin. The objective? To raise funds for a much-needed breakfast programme for the children.

Fully loaded kitchen

"We are very aware of children not having breakfast and we noticed that it is getting worse. We have a fully loaded industrial kitchen. The children will come to the church for breakfast and then leave for their respective schools," said Barry Williams, organiser of the concert and head of the church's STARS (Saving and Transforming At-Risk Souls) programme.

Williams, a classically trained baritone, will represent the 'voice' of the programme. His performance will include the classical negro spiritual Every Time I Hear The Spirit, oratorio, and classical folk songs such as Linstead Market and Jamaica Farewell from his album, Barry Williams Sings the Classics. The 'violin' will come in the forms of two of Jamaica's talented and very experienced musicians, Paulette Bellamy and Jon Williams.

Voice meets Violin is scheduled for the very spacious Church on the Rock on October 31 at 5 p.m. It will be the concluding activity in the church's 25th anniversary celebration.

Church on the Rock is very active in the Cassava Piece community through its various outreach programmes, each tailored to the different age groups, from five-year-old to adults. Through the STARS programme, the children (five to 13-years-olds) are taught tennis, the girls dancing, and the older boys how to play the trumpet. In addition to the STARS programme, there is the Rock Teen Ministry and Programme for Educational Communication for the adults.