Old Church, New Church

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Duration: 35 minutes

David Grant explores the past, present and future of the Church in Stoke-on-Trent and introduces modern and traditional hymns from Longton Methodist Central Hall with performances by Kristyna Myles and Stuart Pendred.

Music Played

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  • Image for You Are The King Of Glory / Praise God From Whom

    You Are The King Of Glory / Praise God From Whom The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: Mavis Ford, Andrew Piercy and Dave Clifton MUSIC: Traditional TUNE: You Are The King Of Glory SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby COPYRIGHT: Copyright © 1978 Authentic Publishing/Adm. by Kingswaysongs

  • Image for Ye Servants Of God

    Ye Servants Of God The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: C Hubert Parry (1848 – 1918) MUSIC: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788) TUNE: Laudate Dominum SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby

  • Image for A Living Prayer

    A Living Prayer Kristyna Miles

    WORDS: Ron Block MUSIC: Ron Block LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall ACCOMPANIMENT BY: Joy Ononokopono (backing vocals), Ben Williams (guitar)

  • Image for What A Friend We Have In Jesus

    What A Friend We Have In Jesus The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: Joseph Scriven (1819 – 1896) MUSIC: C C Converse (1832 – 1918) TUNE: What A Friend (Converse) SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby

  • Image for There Is A Redeemer

    There Is A Redeemer The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: Melody Green (vv. 1 & 2) and Keith Green (v. 3) MUSIC: Melody Green TUNE: There Is A Redeemer SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby COPYRIGHT: © 1982 Birdwing Music / BMG Songs Inc & Ears To Hear / EMICMP / Small Stone Media

  • Image for Be Still (For The Presence Of The Lord)

    Be Still (For The Presence Of The Lord) Stuart Pendred

    WORDS: David J Evans (b. 1957) MUSIC: Traditional TUNE: Be Still SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall

  • Image for Amazing Grace / My Chains

    Amazing Grace / My Chains The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: John Newton (1725 – 1807) MUSIC: American Traditional TUNE: Amazing Grace SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby

  • Image for Christ Triumphant

    Christ Triumphant The congregation at Longton Methodist Central Hall

    WORDS: Michael Saward (b. 1932) MUSIC: John Barbard (b. 1948) TUNE: Guiting Power SOURCE: Songs of Praise hymnbook ARRANGER: Geoff Ellerby LOCATION: All music recorded on location at Longton Methodist Central Hall CONDUCTOR: Geoff Ellerby COPYRIGHT: Words © M Saward / Administered by Jubilate Hymns Ltd Guiting Power Music © J Barnard

  • Factsheet for Sunday the 13th of January 2013

    David Grant explores the past, present and future of the Church in Stoke-on-Trent and introduces modern and traditional hymns from Longton Methodist Central Hall with performances by Kristyna Myles and Stuart Pendred.

  • Interviewees

    This week's Songs of Praise features interviews with the following people;

    DR JILL BARBER
    The Project Director of Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum talks about how Primitive Methodism was born and the significance of the nearby, Mow Cop. She explains how it gave ordinary people the chance to gain public speaking and leadership skills that lead some of them to be involved in the early trade union and labour movement.

    TRISTRAM HUNT MP
    Tristram has been the Labour MP for Stoke on Trent Central since May 2010. He talks about the influence of the non-conformist movement on the development of the Labour Party.

    KAREN AND WILLIAM PORTER
    Co-founders of Beacon House Of Prayer, where an ordinary house has been transformed into a dedicated house of prayer. Karen and William talk about how they created a house of worship and why they initiated a year of 24/7 unbroken prayer in 2012.

    KEV BENSON
    Kev regularly prays at Beacon House, he shares his experience of what worship is like for him at the house.

    RUTH GROCOTT
    Ruth shares her memories of Bethesda Chapel and how emotional it was for her attending its final service when it was closed in 1985. After BBC's Restoration series in 2003, Bethesda received great public interest and formed a circle of 'Friends of Bethesda' to restore the building. Ruth talks about how the chapel is now coming back to life.

    ALAN NICKISSON
    Alan shares why Longton Methodist Central Hall is important to him and how he single-handedly dedicated his time to redecorate the hall to its current state.

    REV. ASHLEY COOPER
    The Senior Pastor at Swan Bank talks about how this church is still growing and how they have adapted for modern times with things like a coffee shop and a library. He explains how they continue to serve the community in Burslem in new and different ways.

    KARL LEES
    21 year old Karl is a regular at The Potter’s House, he shares how he discovered the church that inspired him and why he changed his life and became a Christian.

  • Locations

    All music was recorded at Longton Central Methodist Hall, The Strand, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2JB

    The interview with Ruth Grocott was recorded at Bethesda Chapel, Albion Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST1 1QF

    Other pieces to camera were filmed at various locations throughout Stoke on Trent

  • Other Information

    LONGTON CENTRAL METHODIST HALL
    There has been a Methodist church on this site since 1804. The building has currently undergone extensive renovations as part of the Stoke-on-Trent regeneration project. Since this programme was filmed the Rev. Anthony Tagg has moved and the Rev. Jeff Short is now the minister. Sunday services are held at 10.30am and 6.30pm.

    KRISTYNA MYLES
    Manchester based singer-songwriter Kristyna Myles gives a special performance for Songs of Praise with a heartfelt performance of a track which made popular by Alison Krauss on the soundtrack to the film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Kristyna released her first single on Decca Records in the summer and her debut album called Pinch Me Quick will be released early in 2013.

    STUART PENDRED
    Stuart trained as an actor and his career has spanned film, television, theatre, musicals, radio and the music industry. Most recently he has made his debut singing Hagen, to critical acclaim, in Longborough Festival Opera's production of Wagner's Gotterdammerung. Stuart has performed at some of the nation's greatest sporting events including the RFU 6 Nations, the Davis Cup for the Lawn Tennis Association and the British Olympic Association. He is the ‘Official Voice’ of Chelsea Football Club with performances including the FA Cup and Champions League.

    Stuart has recorded two solo albums "Benedizione" and "Agnus Dei" both of which are on the Kingsway label.

    'CHRIST TRIUMPHANT, EVER REIGNING’
    The words to this hymn was written by Rev Michael Saward, Former Canon Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral.

    BETHESDA CHAPEL
    There has been a chapel on this site since 1798. The current building was built by members of the Methodist New Connexion in 1819. In the latter half of the last century the chapel deteriorated and was in serious need of repair. In 2003 the chapel was featured on the BBC Two series ‘Restoration’, and since then has undergone more than £2 million of repair.

    The Chapel is closed during the winter months, but it will re-open on Saturday 13th April from 12pm – 3pm. It will then be open at the same time on the second Saturday of each month, through to December 2013. Souvenir items are available to purchase and the proceeds go towards the further restoration of the chapel.

Credits

Presenter
David Grant
Series Editor
David Taviner
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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