Finding Hope at the first Christmas

Christian Voices are proud to announce our Christmas Play, “Finding Hope“.

The play is set at the time of the census and a group of friends living in Bethlehem were unaware that the birth of Jesus was about to happen.
Mark, one of the group, had recently become a widower. He was trying to cope with the loss of his wife. What would give him hope that his
life still had meaning?

The play was written by Alan Young, the music composed by Dave Chamberlin and the lyrics written by Alan Young. It is directed by Jac Young.

The play will be performed on:-

  • Sunday, 1st December — St Mary’s Church, Westham at 9.45 a.m.
  • Sunday, 8th December — Ninfield Methodist Church at 10.30 a.m.
  • Sunday, 15th December — Christchurch Methodist Church at 10.30 a.m.

Join us, all are welcome. We’re sure the performances will be worth more than 9 points!

WUTH donations from Christian Voices top £1000

The last Christian Voices play, Gifts from God, was lucky enough to have most excellent audiences. Indeed most generous too.

After each of the six performances there was an opportunity for donations. Over all the performances we collected an absolutely astonishing £1,100.

Hard to say anything but thank you so, so much to all those that donated. Those donations went to Warming Up The Homeless, WUTH.

WUTH (registered charity, no. 1180417) helps people without a home, providing one meal, hot drink or change of clothes at a time. Their mission is the relief of poverty among the street homeless/rough sleepers through the provision of items to support basic needs such as sleeping bags, ground sheets, survival sheets, blankets, clothing, food and toiletries. They also aim to improve the individual’s welfare through emotional support, even if it’s just a smile or by signposting them to other services.

In recognition of the donation, WUTH have sent Christian Voices a letter and certificate.

More details about WUTH can be found on the WUTH website.

Review: “Lovely singing and musical accompaniment” to latest Christian Voices play

Christian Voices performed “Gifts from God” at The Pelham in October 2019, our first visit to that venue. Vanessa Wood saw that performance and has sent us this review.

I thought that the casting was very well done with each character showing the relevant actors strengths. I loved that Jo, Maureen and Margaret, the prompt and stage-management, were singing along to all the songs.
It’s a credit to Dave’s songwriting that after just hearing each chorus once, the chap next to me was singing along when the chorus was repeated in the song. Lovely singing and musical accompaniment.
I liked the venue too. Unlike John I had no knowledge of the storyline prior to the show, but found the play was very thought provoking and as relevant today as it would have been then.

Thanks, Vanessa. great to hear you liked the songs as well as the dramatic elements of the play.

Christian Voices show “a deeper meaning” behind parable

John Mewett, who saw “Gifts from God” at The Pelham, has sent Christian Voices this review.

Since I used to go to Sunday School I frequently used to read and discuss this parable. Now……I fully understand how films and plays work. A play such as Romeo and Juliet doesn’t have to be taken literally in Verona of the 15th century but could say something for gang and knife crime today, or, Macbeth can be seen as a play of scheming and plotting as we see in the politics of today and also the same in many films

BUT….SOMEHOW I have remained stuck with receiving the literal translation with the Bible Stories.
Thanks to you Alan and your writing, with this play, you have broken my mindset. I now see a deeper meaning and have a much better understanding of the parable!!

Wonderful part once again for Nick, I am sure that you must write these parts with the members of your ensemble in mind. Lovely music and singing too. A very enjoyable evening and a lovely venue
Thanks again

Thanks to you, John, for taking the time to let us know your thoughts and send in your wonderful comments.

Review: Christian Voices play addresses “complex parable”

David Marsh, of St. Martha’s Church, has sent us this review of “Gifts from God“, the Christian Voices play performed in October 2019.

I thoroughly enjoyed “Gifts from God” and it seemed to go down very well with the audience too!
I think it is one of the more complex parables and you did an excellent job addressing the underlying questions it raises and drawing out the wider themes.
The performances of all the members of the Group were excellent, too, and Jamie King is a real star.

We’re glad you enjoyed the play, we certainly enjoyed performing it.

Review: Latest Christian Voices play “Food for Thought”

Here’s a review of the latest Christian Voices‘ play, “Gifts from God“, from Sandy Willard who is a Steward at Christchurch Methodist Church.

Congratulations once again Christian Voices for your superb presentation of ‘Gifts from God’. As always, the whole performance, the story, the acting, the music and songs, was brilliant and very much enjoyed by us all. Just how you do it, I don’t know, but we always look forward to your next visit.

A couple of members commented on how your group seems to have grown in number, which I’m sure, is good news for your team. I always look for Jamie King – I’m not sure if he and his dad have been with you since 2008, but I know he has been with you for a long time. Like all the members of Christian Voices he seems to really ‘feel’ what he is saying in his acting and for a lad of his age, I’m well impressed!

Your story gave ‘food for thought’, and I enjoyed the light hearted comments here and there. The sentiment of the story brought back memories to me of when I was at school. We were asked to use a set amount of money to try and put it to good use to make more money. Many bought cooking materials and made and sold cakes, others bought craft materials and made and sold cards and ornaments. I did make cakes but I just copied what others suggested – I was too cautious in thought and desperately worried I wouldn’t make enough or even lose it all. I very much felt for Joseph this morning, but hopefully in my older years the message of the story has got through to me!
Well done to you all Alan – we very much look forward to seeing you again in December.

With good wishes to you and to all Christian Voices members

Thanks, Sandy, and we are looking forward to our next play ourselves!

Poem: Gifts from God

A regular contributor, John B. Knight, has once again provided a most excellent poem about one of our plays.


Another amazing production
Type casting done so well,
Both the words and music
Are beyond what we could tell;

Dave and Graham’s playing
With Jac’s singing too,
Expressed to all so beautifully
God’s message to me and you;

The three servants Paul, John & Joseph
were very well portrayed,
And the imposing figure of the Master
so appropriately displayed;

And the two ladies Susan and Agnes
though smaller parts to play,
Really helped to set the scene
in a lovely way;

And finally Simon and Andrew
along with the Banker and Mark,
Gave to the Gospel Story
without doubt to me a top mark.

Keep up the writing Alan
and I will do the same,
Giving all the glory
to Jesus’ precious Name.

Thank you so much, John. A wonderfully-descriptive poem.

Christian Voices praise supportive Deacon

Thank you to everyone who supported Christian Voices this morning and gave so generously to Warming Up The Homeless.

We are all so very grateful to our dear friend, Deacon Olivia (of St. Peter’s Church, Bexhill), who retires this month, for all her unfailing support over the years.

All Christian Voices are feeling thankful and blessed.

Bexhill Observer: Group’s 28th production set to raise funds for Warming up the Homeless

Here’s the article from the Bexhill Observer, 27th September 2019.

The article announces Christian Voices‘ new play, Gifts from God. Donations after each performance will go to Warming up the Homeless (WUTH).

Caroline Cox directs the play and has been a volunteer with WUTH for over two years. WUTH covers Hastings, St. Leonard’s, Bexhill & Eastbourne handing out hot/cold drinks, food, clothing, sleeping bags and directs people towards other organisations that may be able to assist them further.

Latest Christian Voices play only weeks away…

Christian Voices will be performing “Gifts from God” between 12th and 20th of October 2019.

Please note the change of venue for , 18th Friday October – now at The Function Room at The Pelham!

When a wealthy master trusts his fortune to his three servants whilst he has to go away, he expects them to act wisely – perhaps even make him a profit.

But will the servants make the most of what has been given to them? Do any of us?

As usual, admission is free, but any donation given at the end of each performance will be in aid of Warming Up the Homeless(WUTH).