Spreading the word with pop power

Staff from Allchurches Trust were lucky to enough to hear children at Upton St Leonards Church of England in Gloucester raise the roof of their local church recently thanks to iSingPOP.

The charity, who benefited from an Allchurches’ grant to fund recording equipment, spread the gospel through teaching pop songs in schools, helping churches to engage with young people and families in their communities through music.

iSingPOP usually work with every year group in a school, teaching them pop songs and dance routines for several days before bringing in professional equipment to record their CD and then holding a concert for their family and friends in their local church. Representatives from the local church often visit the children in school during rehearsals.

Allchurches Trust grants officer, Paul Playford, and marketing and communications manager, Emma Smith, recently had the chance to see iSingPOP tutor, Chris Adeashun, bring his big personality to Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School. He taught the children a suite of catchy and contemporary pop style songs and dance moves. Paul even joined in for one of the tracks, along with iSingPOP director, Miz Porter.

Having honed their performance, the pupils then delighted their family and friends with two concerts at Upton St Leonards Parish Church.

Paul said: “It was wonderful to feel the church and the school come alive with the sound of the children’s voices and to see so many smiling faces. The joy in their performance was clear for all to see and the message of love, friendship and faith came across so powerfully in the songs.

“iSingPOP do a wonderful job of connecting churches with schools and their local communities and sharing the gospel with young people in a really relevant way. Often, this can be the start of really positive and productive relationships.”

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