Singing from the same hymn book

big sing at rutherglenPeople with a shared love of music gathered together on Valentine’s Day last month for the Rutherglen Big Sing. MC for the day was Zelma Eltringham, one of 60 people who met in the Uniting Church in Rutherglen.

“Folk travelled from Benalla, Albury, Cohuna and Melbourne to join with clergy and members of the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches of Rutherglen, to raise the rafters as we sang some old and new favourites,” Ms Eltringham said.

“The Cohuna and Melbourne brigade were part of the music crew. Hazel Radley and Jenny Appleby from Cohuna brought along their voices and Hazel her electric piano to provide a wonderful accompaniment to the singing. Ron Dunstan from Melbourne brought his lovely voice to fill in the bass harmonies.”

This is the second time the Big Sing has been held in Rutherglen. It has been so successful there are plans to make it an annual event on the calendar. Last year the Anglicans hosted the festivities, and the group hopes to hold one later in the year at St Mary’s Catholic Church.

Ms Eltringham said the Big Sing was just one example of how faith groups support each other in country areas.

“We are a small congregation and are very fortunate to have a wonderful ecumenical relationship with the Anglican and Catholic churches in Rutherglen. We come together for Lenten studies, Advent studies, Pentecost, Christmas and other social events throughout the year.”

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