A local church will be supporting the 2017 Sutton Coldfield Community Games by hosting the music stage. Real Life Church in Sutton Coldfield hosted the music stage for the first time last year, and is really pleased to announce a good quality line-up of local bands.
And they had a very special visitor on Sunday 25th June when Buddy, the Sutton Coldfield Community Games mascot, joined the congregation along with Dennis Kennedy, founder of the games, who talked to the church about the history and ethos of the games. Buddy demonstrated his jumping and running skills as well as the infamous ‘MoBot’ and ‘Lightening Bolt’.
Acts set to appear at the Games include Stoko, Derek Brock, Ben Drummond, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Philpot. And just two weeks after opening the music line-up at Boldmere Music Festival in front of a crowd of several thousand, the church’s own band, First Request, will be performing upbeat covers on both days.
Derek Brock is a highly experienced and qualified wedding guitarist and guitar tutor. Ben Drummond is an alternative singer songwriter who mixes folk with soul and world flavours and has released two records. Among his proudest moments are supporting Jamiroquai, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Brian Adams. Rebecca Kelly is a local singer and jazz violinist who specialises in corporate and wedding entertainment. Rebecca has performed solo at the Queen Elizabeth and Festival Halls in London and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and is currently recording her debut album Tim Philpot plays a varied mix of well-known cover versions and original compositions. A well-known figure on the local music circuit, Tim has a reputation for intricate guitar accompaniments and thoughtful song-writing. The church are also excited to welcome Stoko for their debut live performance.
Philippa Yates, one of the worship leaders at the church, said “Being part of First Request is so much fun! I get to hang out with a talented bunch of guys and play around with some of our favourite tunes, both modern covers and some classic favourites, with the odd guilty pleasure thrown in! We also love leading our Real Life people in worship and hope to release an album in the future that will be available for other churches and individuals to use and enjoy.”
In addition to running the music stage, Real Life Church, which meets at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, will be running an obstacle course and parachute games which proved to be highly popular at last year’s Games. Melanie Crane, one of the leaders, said “I think that Sutton is an amazing place to live and do life. I believe the church should be good to the community it is a part of. In Real Life Church we intend to be here for Jesus and the good of our community. Real Life Church hosted a kids craft tent at the Boldmere Music Festival. Their tent went on Safari and made jungle animals – bead snakes, Party blower elephants and jungle door hangers. Over 400 pieces of craft were made, 300 balloons given away and 100 lion bars eaten!“
Real Life Church’s next community outing will be in Boldmere on Saturday 9th September when they will be providing entertainment for Boldmere Bear from 10am to 3pm as part of the Big Sleuth. The entertainment will include live music from First Request and bear related craft activities for children.