North Carolina’s 'Cleveland Rocks' mission group entertains hospice patients
It’s no secret to those of us who live here that Cleveland is in the midst of a major revitalization. All the “buzz” about our hometown has reached into rural North Carolina. Sixty middle school and high school students from the combined youth choirs of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly and Marion, N.C., were inspired to plan a “Cleveland Rocks” mission trip and were in town until June 24.
While in Cleveland, the choir members performed for Hospice of the Western Reserve’s patients at David Simpson Hospice House on E. 185th St. and Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, sang the national anthem at a Cleveland Indians game and took part in projects at the Cleveland Food Bank, The City Mission, the Men’s Shelter and Lutheran Metro Ministries. They also reserved time to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium and other attractions while in town.
The two choirs have performed mission tours across the United States, most recently to New York City, Chicago and San Antonio. The choir is under the direction of father-and-son Ministers of Music Terry and Brian Childers. Music for the concerts is drawn from a repertoire spanning hundreds of years, from classical to contemporary.
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