EAGA Report: Wedding of Hayley and Andrew Craven at All Saints Church in Wigston

The sound of the Emmanu’-EL Apostolic Gospel Academy (EAGA) Choir returned to Beaumont Leys on December 18 and 19, 2010. The EAGA adults’ and children’s choirs ministered to hundreds of people on these days as they (the people) shopped in the Shopping Centre. With no music to accompany them, the choir gave a variety of harmonies that illuminated the atmosphere and prepared the hearts of listeners for the season being celebrated, Christmas, but preaching the message of Jesus Christ through song.

Before the sound could be heard, a worker from Tesco asked: ‘Aren’t you singing today? I have been waiting to hear you.’

On both days, the choir began to minister after 11 am and members of the public halted in their tracks as the sound from the voices of the few blared in the airwaves. The choir ministered the songs which included the all time favourite ‘Silent Night’ (EAGA version), as well as ‘Oh Come oh ye faithful’, ‘Hark the Herald Angel sing’, ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ among many others. As they ministered they fundraised on behalf of the Emmanu’-EL Apostolic Church Building Fund.

Gradually, more members of the choir came and there came forth the fuller sound of resounding harmonies. The choir also ministered ‘Oh Happy Day’ and old time favourites ‘By the rivers of Babylon’ and ‘I’m gonna lay down my burden’. As the numbers in the crowds grew, they did not refrain from giving their offering and so they gave to the cause as their hearts led. Some people asked where was the CD? They wondered if there was one to be purchased as they were blessed with the sound that they heard.

The Children’s Choir took over the ministration as the adults went on their break. They ministered, ‘Oh Happy Day’, ‘Joy to the World, ‘God’s love is like a Circle’ and ‘Life without Jesus’ among others. Onlookers watched as they ministered and were fascinated by so many young children ministering.

Members of the crowd applauded after each song was completed and gave their comments that they had never heard anything like it before. Some were thrilled by the fact that there were people who were still preaching Jesus in the festive season and not gone to commercialism as the rest of the world.

On the second day ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was sung with a difference as the speed was put to add flavour. Could the choir members really remember the words of the song as they came so quickly? The sounds of Africa also came to the airwaves with songs such as ‘ Masifika’, ‘ Mwari vanotsvaga ’ and ‘ Eriya Waenda, nechamupupouri’ and ‘ Avule ngele’.

As the time came to a close, the choir shouted ‘thank you Beaumont Leys for listening and ‘We love Beaumont Leys’ and under the direction of Bishop Mark Anderson sang ‘We love you Beaumont Leys and God Bless you.’