St Hugh’s Church Old Brumby, (located at Brumby Corner/Ashby Road Scunthorpe) is to welcome the second performance of  the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda. The choir's first visit was in 2018 to a rapturous response from churchgoers and other attendees alike.  The concert will be held on Tuesday 26th March at 7pm at St Hugh's Church and is a mixture of worship, dance and testimonies from the children.

This unique choir is formed of 18 children and 10 adults all of whom have all come from one of the Watoto villages which are home to over 3,000 orphaned children and vulnerable adults, such as those who are widowed or abandoned.

When they perform they share their personal stories and present live worship music from Uganda. Despite the many tragic things that may have happened to them they want to tell people “It’s possible to have joy, to laugh and to have hope, no matter what you’re going through. Look at what God’s done in my life.”

Revd Canon Cameron, Rector at St Hugh’s said: "The choir did a concert at St Hugh’s last year following a cancellation and it was absolutely wonderful so we decided to book them this year. Those who attended the first performance in 2018 commented on the children's enthusiasm, joy and spontaneity. People were moved by their stories of tragedy turned into joy. 

"The audience were emotionally and spiritually inspired and it was an evening where many experienced the fulness of the Christian experience of suffering, sadness, joy, tears, laughter, courage and hope. The audience heard encouraging stories, uplifting music and rhythmic dancing. It's an evening not to be missed. Those who attended left uplifted by what they had heard through the children's stories and thoroughly enjoyed the music and the dancing."

The choir has toured the world extensively since 1994 and on almost every day of the year the choir will be performing somewhere in the world to advocate for Ugandan children who are orphaned by AIDS, poverty and war. They open the audience to the possibility of hope no matter what their personal experiences.  For those in the choir it represents an opportunity to travel, experience new cultures, gain confidence and expand their world view and their dreams. 

It is one of a number of organisations run by Watoto Church which was established in 1984 in Kampala, Uganda by Gary and Marilyn Skinner as a response to the plight of millions of children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. Each child is raised in a family setting rather than an institution.

Cameron concludes with the invitation: "You are warmly invited to join us for an  evening of entertainment and to listen to songs and stories of children's courage and hope from the heartbeat of Africa."

The choir will be performing songs from their new album ‘We Will Go’. There is no charge, it's a free concert and those  attending will be invited to financially contribute to the Watoto Children's Ministry.

For more information about Watoto see www.watoto.com

St Hugh's Church Old Brumby Tel: 01724 280585 (Answerphone)

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