The Apostolic Faith Church, Cranfield was dedicated on the 15th of October, 2023. As part of the build-up to the dedication ceremony, an evangelism outreach was carried out within the community. This outreach resulted in a request for the AFM Cranfield choir to perform at the 2023 Cranfield Community Christmas Market. This opportunity was embraced with excitement as it presented a chance to spread the good tidings of great joy and raise awareness of the Church’s presence.
On Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, the Cranfield Church Choir welcomed four young choristers, led by Sister Cynthia Pedro from London, and Brother Delight Nyoni and his family from Birmingham.
The Christmas Carol presentation started at 2:10 pm with a violin and clarinet duet by Rhys and Rahl Pedro. The audience was thrilled with classical and melodious tunes: “Allegro Moderato” by G. Fredrick Fuchs Duo Op. 14 No. 1 and “Angels We Have Heard on High” by K. Baird.
The choir rendered various songs, each introduced by related scriptures, which gave meaning to the renditions. Among the songs rendered was a vocal solo by Sister Cynthia Pedro titled “O Holy Night” by Adolphe Charles Adam, a male quartet by Brothers Tope Odunsi, David Ogunjimi, Oluseyi Oyetuga, and Kudzai Mukwata titled “Good Christian Men Rejoice” by John Mason Neale, and a choir choral rendition of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Lewis H. Redner & Phillip Brooks.
Passers-by and shop/stall owners stopped to listen to the music, and the gospel literature was shared with the various individuals present. The audience joined in singing and glorifying God, with everyone singing “Ding Dong Merrily on High” by Charles Wood & George Woodward and “The 12th Day of Christmas” by John Rutter.
Brother Delight Nyoni echoed the reason for the season and encouraged everyone to make Christ the reason for celebrating Christmas.
Gabbie, one of the residents of the Cranfield village, gave feedback: “Thank you all so much for your performance! It was well received and has been talked about since. Look forward to hearing from you in the future with any more events”. God has started His work in Cranfield, and the prayer is that He will draw more souls unto Him and shower His blessings on His church and the community.