Ware Episcopal/GHS combine on Advent service

by Tyler Bass - Posted on Nov 26, 2019 - 03:12 PM

Photo: Ware Episcopal and choral students from Gloucester High School will join forces in an Advent performance this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Gloucester church. Participants include, back row from left, Charles Humphries, Kenny Carter, Devonte Garcia, Adam Hogge, Lewis Lawrence; front row, Hailey Williams, Anna Owens and Kristina Watkins. Photo by Tyler Bass

Ware Episcopal and choral students from Gloucester High School will join forces in an Advent performance this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Gloucester church. Participants include, back row from left, Charles Humphries, Kenny Carter, Devonte Garcia, Adam Hogge, Lewis Lawrence; front row, Hailey Williams, Anna Owens and Kristina Watkins. Photo by Tyler Bass

Ware Episcopal Church and students from Gloucester High School will collaborate on an Advent service.

The adult choir of Ware Episcopal Church and members of the choral program at Gloucester High School will hold a joint service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ware Episcopal Church, located on Route 14 just east of Gloucester Court House.

Under the direction of Charles Humphries from Ware and Kristina Watkins from GHS, they will be performing the Procession with Carols on Advent Sunday, composed by Dean Eric Milner-White.

Since Humphries became Director of Music at Ware Episcopal, the program has continued to grow and develop rapidly. With this success, Humphries now hopes to spark life in the youth and outreach programs by partnering with Watkins, the choir director at GHS. 

“If choral music is to continue, then it is at the grass roots that we need to nourish and guide our young people today,” said Humphries, “offering them a chance to experience choral music as well as the art of making music in an ensemble situation.” 

The students performing are members of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society at GHS. To be a member, students must audition and apply, as well as maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. “This partnership with Ware Episcopal Church provides meaningful performance opportunities as the students learn and perform with a new choir and director,” said Watkins, who herself is a Tri-M faculty sponsor.

The service will be filled with symbolism to convey the coming of Jesus. It will show the expectation of Christ’s arrival, His birth, and will conclude with the second coming of Christ.  

The service will contain choral music that will be matched with scripture reading. Those in attendance will also be asked to join in with the singing of hymns and carols to celebrate the coming of Christ. Humphries also notes that, “As is traditional, the service ends in a blaze of light signaling the coming of Christ on Christmas day.”

It is recommended that guest arrive early. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for the 4 o’clock service.