By Bejay Browne
FOLLOWING a successful visit to Cyprus last year a gospel choir from London is giving a number of free performances in Paphos this weekend.
‘Sincere Praise’ gospel choir is based at the worldwide mission fellowship church in West Norwood in London and has toured all over the world, including Barbados, Ireland, Russia, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Cyprus, and Spain. They have also sung extensively in the UK.
One of the founding members, Jennifer Griffith, who also works with overseas students visiting London on cultural and language trips – helped to set up the choir in 1979 with their original name ‘Youth Aflame’. The name was changed to ‘Sincere Praise’ in 2005.
Griffith said: “Gospel choirs blend three-part harmonies, with both male and female vocals and it’s quite a unique genre of singing. There is something special and meaningful in singing where the focus is the message is Jesus Christ.”
Although the choir has 25 weekly members, a party of 62 has travelled to Paphos, including Griffith’s husband and children. Also accompanying her is her mother Anita Greenidge, the co-founder of the church Worldwide Mission Fellowship, and her brother and sister, who are the two pastors leading the church, Dennis Greenidge and Rosemary Taylor. The group is all staying at apartments in Paphos.
Griffith said: “The choir visited Cyprus last year after I came here with my family on holiday. We were invited back for this year. We believe Cyprus is a special place and has a unique place in the Bible, especially in the New Testament and its historical connection with the apostle Paul and Barnabas.”
The entire family is musical, her 19-year-old son plays in the band and her 16-year-old daughter sings in the youth choir. Griffith, who is celebrating 21 years of marriage this year, has been singing since the age of four.
“I originally sang for my late father, Evangelist Dennis Greenidge, when he was invited to visit various churches in Norway, Sweden, Holland, Finland and Denmark back in the 1970’s. I see my singing as a calling, a special gifting from God.”
Sincere Praise Gospel choir will be giving free performances this weekend at the castle square at Paphos harbour at 6pm today, and tomorrow at 6pm at The Old Welcome Inn in Kato Paphos.
The choir will also be leading the worship at the PCFI service at 10.30am tomorrow the Inn. The service is open to all.
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