(Precious, of the Throne of Grace Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Restoration House choir, is an energetic bundle of talent who could easily make her way on any stage. Show singing in downtown Windsor on July 7, 2018. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
Uplifting is the best way to describe the music wafting throughout downtown’s streets on Saturday afternoon. But it wasn’t traditional rock and roll even though it had considerable rock elements in it.
Instead it was more spiritual, part of the Throne of Grace’s outdoor and indoor 24 hour marathon of praise and worship. This is the congregation’s second downtown event after moving to the core eighteen months ago. For 17 years, it had been housed in the west end.
Its new home is the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian building at Park Street West and Victoria Avenue.
One of three Redeemed Christian Churches of God in Windsor, organizers had lined up choirs from both and other churches as well to keep the tempo going, and going it was.
These days, church choirs add a little rock to their music, if only to get parishioners up out of their seats. With tambourine in hand, Pastor Grace Ugbeye was seen leading her flock in moving to the music while praising the Lord.
Possibly one of the reasons church choir music has become so contemporary at the Redeemed churches could be the ages of their members. Eyes on Windsor was told 85% of the congregation are young, including University of Windsor international students.
Many are also Nigerian, although not too much of a surprise. The church has its roots in that African nation.
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.