3rd July 2017

All Nations Multicultural Night 2017

 

On Wednesday 28th June we hosted the great summer event, Multicultural Night!

Former students, church and project placement friends and locals poured in from all over. Many of them walked to the venue lifted by the beat of African drummers, as ethnomusicologist Rob Baker led students in a drumming extravaganza. The atmosphere was cheerful and the grey clouds stood no chance of dampening the excitement in the air. We were so pleased that it was full and there was not a spare seat in the house!

As ever, the programme was diverse and creative, containing a mix of songs sung by the students in many languages and styles from around the world: Gambian, West African; Tanzanian, East African; Brazilian, Indian, Dutch and Chinese, reminding us of the verse from Revelation 7:9:

 

"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."

 

It was a taste of heaven. We worshipped in different languages and styles and were able to feel a sense of great unity in doing so.

The programme also included presentations and interviews. We enjoyed Jordan Turvey’s spoken word piece on the theme of “Kingship.” It included spoken and sung poetry in a very post-modern fashion. We heard of a song writing project by our New Orleans Master’s student, and got to sing one of the newly composed songs.

After the formal programme was over we went to Easneye House. The architecture is impressive but the Photography Exhibition “Impressions” by staff member Clive Thomas was outstanding. The photos, were mainly from Nepal, but also from Thailand and Europe. They encapsulated the unity and diversity of humanity, this was truly multicultural.

Students and staff had also set up a ‘food market’ in the grand oak room of Easneye. All of our guests were greeted by sparkling lights, and overwhelmed by the spicy smells and wonderful sights of food from the Netherlands, Switzerland, India, Thailand, China, Germany, UK and Ireland. A verse that came to mind was Revelation 19:9:

 

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

 

Was this a taster?

Many have criticised multiculturalism in the UK, but after Wednesday night we have seen that the diversity of many cultures is truly vibrant and marvelous when joining together in celebration and praise of Jesus!

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our guests who traveled far and wide to support Multicultural Night. It is you who made it a huge success and we are thrilled to announce that we reached our £4000 target for our new garden furniture appeal! Thank you for your kindness and generosity in helping us raise the £2000 we needed on the night!

 

Multicultural Worship

The Drumming WelcomeThai Food Stall

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