Old Fashioned Hymn Sing

Musicians are already preparing for the St. Clair County Bicentennial Old Fashioned Hymn Sing, including Redena King, music minister at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, along with her son, Landon King, who will be playing the piano for several selections. The hymn sing will be at First Baptist Church Ashville on March 17 at 6 p.m.

As part of the St. Clair County Bicentennial Celebration, the St. Clair County Bicentennial Committee is hosting an “Old Fashioned Hymn Sing” on Saturday, March 17, starting at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church Ashville.

Has it been awhile since you’ve heard great hymns like "I’ll Fly Away," "Heaven’s Jubilee," "It is Well With My Soul," "In the Sweet Forever," "Just A Little Talk With Jesus," and many, many others?

Don’t miss this great opportunity to go back in time to hear some old hymns that meant so much to so many through the years.

Also performing will be the Whitney Junction Bluegrass Band and the Mt. Zion Cake Walk Bluegrass Band, which will play a couple of hymns each.

Bicentennial Committee chairman Alan Furr said when the land in this area was opened for settlement, families began to move in from the East Coast, especially from Virginia and the Carolinas.

“They literally brought with them only what they could fit into a wagon or a hogshead,” Furr said. “Very early on, many of these early settlers sought out kindred spirits with whom they could worship and fellowship. Since preachers and church buildings were initially scarce in the wilderness, groups of people would meet in someone’s home or a public place and share Bible stories and sing familiar hymns. It was a way of building ‘community’ in the vast unsettled Alabama territory. So, as we began to plan for St. Clair County’s Bicentennial celebration, it seemed only fitting that we incorporate a hymn singing into our activities. In a manner of speaking, this event is one way that we pay homage to those pioneers who sought spiritual growth in the midst of what must have been a most difficult way of existence 200 years ago.”

Serving on the Bicentennial Hymn Sing committee are Danny Stewart, Deanna Lawley, Paul Vaughn and Gary Hanner.

Music ministers and pianists from across the county have agreed to participate.

Admission is free, so plan on being part of this fun-filled and inspirational evening of great music.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.