First Church to host worship workshop, concert

Jeroline McCarthyLet’s pull back the curtain on the “Heart of Worship Workshop and Concert” and gear up for the understanding of excellence in music ministry.

Worship facilitator James Robbins, through God’s grace, is making his mark. He’ll chart the biblical meaning of worship and will orchestrate the music for God’s kingdom building.

130110_dt_palmcoast01“He’s our own, gifted James Robbins, now in Tampa and involved with the 11th Episcopal District,” said the Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover of the First Church of Palm Coast, which is part of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME).

“We are looking forward to a wonderful time,” said the pastor.

Robbins is the district’s music director and a seasoned facilitator of the workshops.

He recently preached his first sermon, “New Season,” at Allen Temple AME Church, where his pastor is the Rev. Dr. David W. Green, Sr.

As the church’s Minister of Music, Robbins “supports, motivates, trains and directs those whom God has called into the music ministry for a spirit of excellence, service and humility.”

Choir members and other musicians will reap the enhancement of praise and worship. The registration and rehearsal will take place at First Church on Jan. 25, 7 p.m. A workshop session will follow on Jan. 26, 10 a.m. The concert culminating from the workshop is scheduled for Jan. 26, 6 p.m. The cost to register is $20.

Accompanied by Hunt
Leonard Hunt, Sr., the First Church Minister of Music, will provide the accompaniment for Robbins on piano and organ.

Hunt learned the foundational hymns in the church early on, “the Christian compositions that give musical expressions to doctrine, and the songs, referring to the poetic words set to music. The themes are directed toward worship and the expression of the Christian relationship with God.”

He studied under nationally renowned gospel/jazz organist Bruce Allen at the age of 15 in Jacksonville. He has accompanied Yolanda Adams, the Rev. Timothy Wright, Dorothy Norwood, Byron Cage, among others.

Hunt’s excited and believes “you must first educate folks on what’s praise and worship and why it’s vital to the personal, private and public areas of life.”

First Church is located at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast, and can be reached for details at 386-446-5759.


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