Gospel Sing ends 4-year run

Members of the Harbidge family regularly attended the Gospel Sing. Left-right, are Leif Harbidge and Aaron Harbidge on guitar, Austin Harbidge on mandolin and Stephanie Harbidge on violin.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

After nearly four years, the Community Gospel Sing in High Prairie has come to an end.

Held on the fifth Sunday of each month, the evening event was held at the Nazarene Church of High Prairie and organized by Pastor Brian Gilroy.

“We are cancelling it for the rest of the year and have no plans to start in the new year,” says Gilroy.

Arriving as the new pastor of the church in September 2014, Gilroy started the Gospel Sing with Pat O’Rourke, pastor of the Lighthouse Community Church.

“A lot of credit goes to Pat who was instrumental in reviving it and keeping it going,” Gilroy says.

“It accomplished the goal that it brought people from all Christian denominations in the region to worship together.”

He values the many different people who ministered in music over the years.

“We had wonderful people share with us,” Gilroy says.

“We appreciate all the support we received over the last four years.”

Since the first event on Nov. 30, 2014, the Gospel Sing attracted up to 120 people, Gilroy says.

Attendance exceeded 100 several times, and drew people of all ages, from young children to seniors, he says.

During the sing, Gilroy led in corporate prayer for the community, government, and other local issues and concerns. Time for fellowship and food followed the service.

The Gospel Sing on July 30, 2017 was dedicated to O’Rourke, who died on June 18 after a battle with cancer.


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