Pictured above is the 2017 Mass Choir under the direction of Mr. Josh Gatlin at the 10th annual District Choir Fest held on April 23 at Fulton First United Methodist Church. Photo by Penny Story.
All are welcome to attend the 11th annual Choir Fest (a.k.a. Music Fest) in the Purchase District (formerly Paducah District). The 2018 event is scheduled to take place Sunday, February 18 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Mayfield, Kentucky, under the direction of Mr. Buckley Walker. Mr. Walker currently serves as choir director at Mayfield First UMC.
Over 100 people have signed up to sing in the Mass Choir. That number represents five (5) local church choirs as well as several individuals from UM churches around the district. The mass choir will be performing two (2) choral pieces at the event and most local church choirs will perform one to two selections of their own choosing.
Donations will be accepted at the event through a love offering with 100% of donations benefiting Reelfoot Rural Ministries, located in Obion, TN - a ministry of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church. Those giving to the offering are asked to make checks payable to their local church and write “Reelfoot Rural Ministries” in the memo line. Then, each local church is asked to write one check made payable to Reelfoot Rural Ministries and bring it to Choir Fest to place in the offering.
At the event in the Spring in 2017 (pictured above), a mass choir of approximately 69 voices from five (5) United Methodist church choirs along with several persons participating as individuals gathered for the 10th annual Choir Fest with proceeds totaling $4,020.00 and benefiting Reelfoot Rural Ministries.
Mark your calendars now to attend Choir Fest at 6:00 p.m. February 18, 2018 at Mayfield First UMC.
Contact Dianna Colson, lay leader of the Purchase District UMC at (270) 527-1939 or the Purchase District Office at 270-527-8282.
The Laity Team of the Purchase District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Seeking Choir Members - At this time the Mass Choir is full. If you are interested in participating in the event in 2019, please check this website toward the end of 2018 or contact the district office.