Sista Jacqui leads the choir

KARINA ABADIA
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
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KEEN PARTICIPANT: Sista Jacqui Baldwin will lead the carol service at the inaugural Glow in the Park event.

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Accomplished singer Sista Jacqui Baldwin has performed all over the world and is excited to lead the massed choir at a new carol service in Mt Wellington.

Glow in the Park is being put on by Maungarei Community Christian Trust in association with Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board.

It will be held at Hamlin Park on December 22 from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Entertainment for children will include bouncy castles, log jostling and a climbing wall.

The main event will start at dusk when 5000 glowsticks are given away and the carol singing begins.

Sista Jacqui says singing is a gift that should be shared. The trust is inviting people to audition to take part in the massed choir and she hopes lots of people join her.

Originally from Chicago, she has worked all over the world as a gospel, blues and jazz singer.

The evangelist has also appeared in various New Zealand festivals including Tauranga Jazz Festival, Parachute Music Festival, Devonport Wine and Food Festival and Mission Estate's Motown 50th Anniversary.

"I love the spirit of Christmas. The idea of people coming together and acknowledging family and friends is just wonderful."

She will also perform a few gospel songs on the night.

"Black gospel tells the history and the struggle of our people. It's uplifting and joyous," she says.

Senior pastor and Maungarei Community Christian Trust chief executive Russell Grainger says the trust and church members have been talking about putting on a carol service in Mt Wellington for some time so he is excited that it is coming to fruition.

"I just want to see a whole lot of families having picnics in the park, with kids playing on the bouncy castles and the community coming together."

The trust welcomes anyone with a passion for singing to audition to join the massed choir.

Email glowparkchoir@gmail.com to register your interest.

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- © Fairfax NZ News

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