Manchester Inspirational Voices

Manchester’s Gospel choir with an international reputation, and a heart to share the good news of Jesus.

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Manchester Inspirational Voices, known to its friends as MIV, started as a small group in an arts centre in Hulme and has grown to be one of the most respected community choirs in Britain. Up to a hundred singers from all backgrounds join each week to hone their skills and prepare to entertain and minister to eager audiences.

The choir founder and director is Wayne Ellington, a music graduate, performer and vocal coach. He’s performed the songs of Nat King Cole, he appeared in The Voice on national television and he was part of The Kingdom Choir at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

In 2016 Manchester Inspirational Voices were crowned Gospel Choir of the Year in the BBC Songs of Praise search for the nation’s best gospel choir. Since then the choir have been in demand at events across the region, nationally and internationally. The choir regularly visits Germany and Poland and are planning their first foray outside Europe with a tour of Japan in 2020.

Not everyone in the choir has a personal Christian faith, but for all the choir members there is an inspirational element to what they perform, and for many the choir is viewed as a Christian ministry – serving one another as family and serving Christ through music that proclaims Christian truth.

MIV in rehearsal

Tickets are now on sale for MIV’s Christmas concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on December 16th 2019, where the guest soloist is Manchester’s JP Cooper. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. Don’t miss out – an MIV concert is more than good night, it’s an experience and a blessing.

ROC Conversation comes to Salford

ROC Conversation Irlam Cadishead Eccles

On Monday September 30th 2019, the Christian ministry ‘Redeeming our Communities’ brings its ‘ROC Conversation’ to the AJ Bell Stadium in Eccles.

Anyone who lives or works or voluteers in Irlam, Cadishead or Eccles is invited to join a conversation, to discuss ways of working together for the good of your community. Churches and faith-based groups will join with the police, fire and ambulance services, the local council and others to seek to work together to make the local area a better place.

ROC Executive Director Debra Green says the Salford based event has already gained strong support from civic leaders including the High Sheriff and Salford Police. Local churches in the region are now encouraged to add their support to the gathering.

ROC’s vision statement is to empower ‘people of goodwill working together for safer, stronger communities’.

ROC works with public services, statutory authorities, schools, businesses, community organisations and churches – people who agree that communities are important and that we can all play our part. The common vision enables them to look beyond their differences and pool their energies and resources making local communities stronger, more cohesive and resilient. 

ROC believes that working together saves time and money and makes for more effective results. The ROC Conversation engagement events have brought people together to talk about community needs and agree what else can be achieved. After the Conversation an Action Group starts which gets new projects off the ground quickly and cost effectively.

The ROC Conversation for Irlam, Cadishead and Eccles is being held on Monday September 30th, from 7pm to 9pm at the A J Bell Stadium, Barton-upon-Irwell. To register go to www.roc.uk.com/ICE or call 0161 393 4511.

CRE in Manchester this week

The Christian Resources Exhibition is coming back to Manchester this week. On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March you’ll find all that every church needs at Event City, near the Trafford Centre.

CRE North in Manchester 2019 includes a sold-out exhibition floor of 150 organisations including the Compassion Experience, CRE’s first-ever Study Zone featuring eight theological colleges, Dana in concert and several up-and-coming artists; Youth and Children’s Trail; Cindy’s Sofa; Brexit: Bridging the Divide with Andy Flannagan of Christians In Politics; Walk Through the Bible: every hour on the hour, and more than 30 seminars and presentations covering everything from cyber security to safeguarding.

Event City, Manchester

Faith in Manchester was there when CRE was launched by the Bishop of Manchester. The launch was held at Spotland, the home of Rochdale Football Club.

The launch last year was opened by Bishop David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, pictured above with Stephen Goddard, the owner of Christian Resources Exhibitions, who bought the company from Bible Society when it looked like it would close. Other speakers on the day included Gospatric Hume, the founder of CRE and Chris Dunphy, the Chairman of Rochdale Football Club, a supporter and exhibitor at Christian Resources Exhibition over many years.

The Christian Resources Exhibition is the biggest show of its kind, featuring every resource that any church could need, from the roof to the hymn book, with resources for mission, music and much more. It has been called the “ideal church show”.

Faith in Manchester spoke exclusively to Stephen Goddard about bringing CRE back to Manchester for the first time since 2014 and the first time under his ownership.

Listen to the interview by pressing the play button below.

Oasis Centre Gorton wins national award

The Oasis Centre in Gorton, Manchester, has won a prestigious national award.

The local Christian charity, which supports the most needy people around the Gorton community, has won the top award in the “Best Social Action Project” category of the 2018 Christian Funders’ Forum Awards.

The glitzy awards ceremony was held on Wednesday 7th November at Mercers’ Hall in London, and the founder of Oasis Gorton, Victoria Armstrong attended the event. Much to her surprise she walked away with the award that recognised her work for the Centre as its founder and driving force, and the transformative work the Centre has done in Manchester.

The CFF Awards recognise and celebrate some of the incredible work being undertaken by churches and charities across the UK and Ireland, which has been funded by members of the Christian Funders’ Forum. The Forum is  group of executives of grant-making trusts and foundations, which makes grants of more than £30 million a year to Christian work. The Forum is part of the work of the Cinnamon Network, which helps churches find faith-based solutions to the pressing needs in their community.

The Oasis Centre has been working in East Manchester for twenty years to deliver a service which helps restore broken lives in the area. Work is about to begin on their ambitious million-pound new purpose-built Centre on Hyde Road in Gorton. This will place Oasis in a better position to serve the local community through the expansion of their current provision and through the development of new services for the local community.

 

Prayers for Manchester on the first anniversary of the Arena attack

Manchester city centre will come to standstill on Tuesday for the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack last year. The attack claimed the lives of 22 people and left those of many others changed forever.

The National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral will welcome a congregation including bereaved families, first responders, city leaders and senior national figures at 3pm. Limited space in the Cathedral means that the service will be by invitation only, but others are invited to watch the service on a big screen in Cathedral Gardens.
And in recognition of the fact that many of the victims came from across the North of Britain, the service is also being screened at York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Many in these cities and across the world will be joining Manchester in solidary and prayer.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The attack at Manchester Arena last year was an attack on our common humanity. The solidarity, love and support shown across the country and beyond helped us through an incredibly difficult period and demonstrated a collective refusal to give in to hatred and fear”.

Later in the day, from 7.30 to 9.00pm, Albert Square is the venue for Manchester Together – With One Voice, where choirs will come together in song to remember all those affected by the  attack, culminating in a communal singalong from 8.30pm to 9pm with everyone encouraged to join in. The singalong will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester.

Later, from dusk the focus will move to St Ann’s Square for Manchester Together – There is a Light. Each day from Tuesday to Saturday, the words of songs chosen by the public will be projected onto the pavements and buildings in St Ann’s Square.

Churches across the city centre will play their part in the memorial at 10.31pm, exactly one year from the moment the attack took place. Bells will ring out from church towers in an act of solidarity and remembering.

 

Christians and others are called to pray for Manchester on this anniversary. At Faith in Manchester, we call on people of faith in this city to pray for our city and our region:

for comfort and support for those who are affected by the events of one year ago, either directly or indirectly: Lord Jesus, bring your peace.

for strength for our city to continue to recover with fortitude and resilience: Lord Jesus, bring your healing.

for restoration of relationships between troubled communities, broken neighbourhoods and fractured families: Lord Jesus, bring your reconciliation.

for the favour of God to reign over our city and our region this day and in the days to come: Lord Jesus, bring your love that never fails.