Young people unite at South Hill Church to celebrate The Mix

Band formed at The Mix, Hemel Hempstead, from left,  Charis Dussek, Faith Hancock, Talia Dussek, Keir Holmes and Samuel Hancock.
Band formed at The Mix, Hemel Hempstead, from left, Charis Dussek, Faith Hancock, Talia Dussek, Keir Holmes and Samuel Hancock.

The Mix at South Hill

A group of 55 young people from local churches poured into South Hill Church on Sunday, April 26 to celebrate The Mix, an initiative from Youth Across Hemel inviting them to mingle with peers, have fun together and grow in God.

The fast-paced, magazine-style event was interspersed with a mix of interactive activities, games, multimedia and live music.

Youth Across Hemel co-ordinator Lisa Dussek said: “Three different bands performed with young people from as young as 11 showcasing tremendous talent.

“It was so encouraging and inspiring to see the imagination, skill, and commitment of these young people.

“Our theme – You are the Light of the World – inspired them to practice and perform live songs such as Go Glow popularised by The Newsboys, Umbrella from Christ Remix and In the Light from DC Talk, as well as a thought-provoking drama.”

Extra lighting was brought in to complement the theme and the lights were dimmed for the Go Glow number as everyone was wearing glow sticks.

The evening, compered by youth pastor Suzanne Shiells from South Hill Church and Dave Cokayne from the Christian schools ministry Crossover, was supported by youth leaders from across the churches.

Supporting churches for Youth Across Hemel include Adeyfield Free Church, South Hill Church, St George’s URC, the Catholic Churches, Sunrise Church, New Church Hemel, the Methodist Church and the Crossover ministry.

For more information or to get involved contact Lisa Dussek on 07952 113735.

Joyful Noise

The Hemel-based ecumenical choir, Joyful Noise, gave a charity performance on Saturday, April 25, in support of Stop the Traffik.

They sang the Roger Jones musical, Jailbreak to an appreciative audience at St Oswald’s Church in Croxley Green. It tells the story of Paul and Silas who were imprisoned in Philippi for sharing their faith, one of their converts being a slave girl.

Choir leader, Sarah Moreton, reports that more than £800 was raised on the day from choir members, audience and friends, an amazing contribution to the vital work of combating the modern type of slavery which is rife in many parts of the world today.

Diary dates

Here are some notable dates for different religions during the forthcoming weeks:

May 7:◦ Lag B’Omer - Jewish

◦National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith

May 14: ◦Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

May 15: Lailat al Miraj - Muslim.

May 21: ◦Declaration of the Bab - Baha’i

(begins sundown on May 20)

May 24-25 ◦Shavuot - Jewish (begins sundown on May 23)

May 24: ◦Pentecost - Christian

May 29: ◦Ascension of Baha’u’llah - Baha’i

(begins sundown on May 28)

May 31: ◦Pentecost - Orthodox Christian

◦Trinity Sunday - Christian