Fairfield churches to host a Night of Music and Prayer

In a special evening dedicated to song, reflection and community, Fairfield’s Greenfield Hill Congregational Church and the Church of the Apostles will co-host a service called “The Family Room” on Friday, Jan. 23, from 7-8:30 p.m., at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield.

The service, led by the respective churches’ clergy, also will be composed of an array of local artists and musicians including Nashville artist and acclaimed vocalist, Annie Lawrence.

In addition to Lawrence, GHCC’s artist-in-residence and cellist, Niles Luther, will be one of the featured musicians along with Christine Parisella, a member of GHCC’s ‘house band” who will also perform an original piece and Diana Rose Smith, a member of the church’s youth ministry, will also sing as will The Apostles Men Ensemble and members of the choral group Sound Affect International. The unique service will offer church members and members of the public a blend of prayer and music that will be inspiring and bring together two vibrant communities, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church and the Church of the Apostles, which was founded in 2001.

“With people’s hectic schedules and busy lives, we are always seeking new ways and times to gather for worship,” said GHCC co-pastor Dr. Rev. David Rowe. “Being able to partner with the Church of the Apostles is a fun way to explore creatively worship, music and fellowship, all in the spirit we often bring to our own ‘family room.’”

Rev. Thaddeus Barnum, rector of the Church of the Apostles, added, “What joy for churches to come together in Christ to serve the community! And what better way than to do it through music and praise.”

While admission is free, donations will be welcome to support the local and international outreach of both GHCC and the Church of the Apostles. For reservations, contact Amy Wolff at 203-727-0923 or email [email protected] The snow date of the service is Saturday, Jan. 24.

About Greenfield Hill Congregational Church

The Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, founded in 1725, is located at 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT and has grown to a membership of almost 1000 members. Led by Rev. Dr. David Rowe and Rev. Dr. Alida Ward, the church is a vibrant and effective community with the feel of a small town. Members come from many religious backgrounds and find their church home at Greenfield Hill where they are greeted with the respect and encouragement needed to grow a “can-do” spirit. With a very active mission serving others from their own backyard to halfway around the world and through a very lively Sunday school, legendary youth work, and numerous volunteer opportunities, anything is possible within the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church. For more information, visit greenfieldhillchurch.com or facebook.com/greenfieldhillcongregationalchurch, email [email protected] or call 203-259-5596.

About Church of the Apostles

The Church of the Apostles is a community of people who live, work, and worship together in Fairfield and all over Southwest Connecticut led by Rector Thaddeus Barnum and Associate Rector Micah Thompson. We celebrate the Gospel, and we seek to love and serve our community in the name of Jesus Christ. We are a liturgical and passionate church and meet every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Roger Ludlowe Middle School Auditorium. As a church under the authority of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, we are a part of a large family of mission-driven communities caring for international, national and local people. We have a great and rich discipleship opportunities for all ages and invite any and all to come and visit us! For more information, visit apostlesct.org, facebook.com/ApostlesCT, email Jane at [email protected] or call 203-696-0600.

About Annie Lawrence

Annie Lawrence was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Not a hillbilly, she did grow up immersed in her dad’s bluegrass music and inherited her granddad’s Gibson mandolin. Now a Nashville girl, Annie is equally at home leading worship in front of 1000’s or playing a hipster dive off of 12 South. When Annie first came to Nashville she was told her lyrics were too “innocent” for country music. Never one to be told she can’t do something, Annie kept writing and along the way penned powerful songs dealing with everything from battling depression to love gone bad. In late 2013 she developed ovarian cancer and stared the real possibility of death in the face. The crucible of cancer and hope of a future produced lyrics that made a veteran Nashville producer weep and send her an email with a triple expletive — his attempt to say, “You’re all growed up, kid; welcome to Nashville.”

Fairfield churches to host a Night of Music and Prayer

Fairfield churches to host a Night of Music and Prayer

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