The Tour Begins!

The Tour Begins!

Tonight at Shandon Methodist in Columbia, South Carolina, our choir gave the first concert to kick off our mission tour. The Holy Spirit was truly present as we worshipped together with friends from our community and sang praises to our Lord. The theme of the evening–we are not alone, God is with us–came alive and filled the beautiful sanctuary through the words of songs, the recitation of scripture, and the prayers of the people. This worship service was an encouragement to us as we make final preparations for the mission trip we have been planning for since early 2014. It was a privilege and a joy to have the opportunity to sing with our friends and prayer partners one last time before we leave.



The U.K. portion of our trip officially begins this coming weekend with our first two concerts on Sunday, September 4th in Airdrie and St. Andrews in Scotland. As you go through this week we covet your prayers for our safety, but more than that, pray that we will be effective ambassadors of the light of Jesus Christ in this dark world. Pray for us to be bold witnesses of our faith, and that everyone we meet will be influenced by the hope we possess in Christ. Let the words we sing ring true in the way we live: “In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”

Thank you for all the ways you have supported us already! 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls .” I Peter 1:3-9

Mission tour retreat

This weekend the mission team spent two days rehearsing our concert music and preparing for the trip to the UK. One of the most important things we have done is to undergo witness training to better equip us to share the gospel through our conversations on the trip with everyone we encounter. As Paul says in I Corinthians, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (I Corinthians 2:4-5, NIV)

That is our prayer as well–that we would be bold and eager to share our faith through Gospel-centered conversations with everyone the Lord places in our path. Pray with us that we would simply share what God has done in our own lives, and that the Spirit’s power would work to bring many souls to salvation.

Pray that each time we sing it will not be a performance, but a Spirit-filled worship service that brings glory to Christ our King, encourages believers, and kindles a desire to know the one true God in those who do not yet know Him. We encourage you to join us in sharing what God has done in your life even now–before, during, and long after this trip–may we proclaim the message of Christ to the hurting and to the lost. Thank you for the prayers and support you have already offered on our behalf–as a prayer warrior, you are a vitally important part of this mission trip!

Concert Schedule

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RIVERLAND HILLS CHOIR UK MISSION TOUR 2016

STUART CONDRA Minister of Music & The Adult Choir,

Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Irmo, South Carolina

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016  6:30PM CONCERT 

Shandon United Methodist Church

3407 Devine St. Columbia, South Carolina 29205   USA

www.shandon-umc.org

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 – 10:00am; MORNING WORSHIP/CONCERT 

New Monkland Church, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire

Glenmavis Road, Glenmavis    Airdrie, Scotland ML6 0PQ

www.newmonklandandgreengairs.org.uk/

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 – 7:00pm; EVENING CONCERT

PARISH CHURCH of the HOLY TRINITY

South Street, St. Andrews, Ky 16 9UH United Kingdom

www.holyt.co.uk/

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 – 7:00pm; CONCERT

Harrogate Baptist Church, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate,  North Yorkshire

HG1 5RD United Kingdom

www.harrogatebaptistchurch.org.uk/

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 – 2:00pm; CONCERT

York Minster Cathedral, York, England      

 https://yorkminster.org/home.html

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 – 7:00pm; CONCERT  

Bunyan Meeting Church, Bedford

Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU, tel 01234 213722

http://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 – 1:00pm; CONCERT/WORSHIP SERVICE

Olney Parish Church of St. Peter and St Paul

Church Street, Olney MK 46 4AD,

http://olneyparish.org.uk/

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 – 7:30pm; CONCERT

St. Albans Church

Town Hall Avenue, Acton Green Common, South Parade

London W4 5LG

www.christchurchw4.com/home

 

Participants are Preparing Hearts, Minds and Music!

Participants are Preparing Hearts, Minds and Music!

If you have been following along with the church prayer calendar for this trip you know that the choir for our mission trip has been preparing faithfully. The members have had many bonus rehearsals and enjoy devotions and focused prayer time during these practices.  Please take time to look at this picture closely and find a few members you know to personally pray for over the weeks leading up to the trip.

 

 

Join us by Praying Daily!

Join us by Praying Daily!

Prayer Calendar for RHBC choir mission tour to the United Kingdom

Click link to Download a Poster Prayer Calendar for your personal use.
On September 2nd, 75 Riverland Hills choir members and friends will depart from Columbia to Edinburgh, Scotland, where we will endeavor to “spread the love of God through song”.  We will be presenting concerts throughout England and Scotland.  Naturally, a mission like this one has many prayer needs!  Beginning NOW, will you join us in praying for our mission trip?  You can follow our daily progress Sept. 2-10 and this blog!

MAY/JUNE/JULY   Pray for choir as they rehearse and spiritually prepare for tour.
✞ August 6    Pray for the choir as we have a weekend retreat to prepare our music and our hearts.

✞ August 7    Pray for the choir as we have special rehearsals, meetings, and witnessing training today.

✞ August 10    Pray for the choir as we rehearse tonight for tour.

✞ August 14    Pray that no tour member will experience     anything that will keep them from being able to make this wonderful trip.

✞ August 15    Pray for the churches that are preparing for our visit.

✞ August 17    Pray for the choir as we rehearse tonight for tour.

✞ August 21    Pray for Stuart Condra as he leads and prepares the choir for this wonderful opportunity.

✞ August 22    Pray that each individual going on the tour will feel God’s spirit and indwelling in their lives.

✞ August 23    Pray for all who are handling “details” of this trip for God’s hand to be in all preparation and planning.

✞ August 24    Pray for the choir as we rehearse tonight for tour.

✞ August 25    Pray for good health for all tour members.

✞ August 26    Pray for unity of the choir and other friends traveling with them.

✞ August 27    Pray for our tour accompanist Cindy Burn.

✞ August 28    Pray for the Tour Choir as we sing a concert tonight at Shandon Methodist Church. You are invited to attend at 6:30pm

✞ August 29    Pray for our final preparation and rehearsal that we will be completely prepared for all that God is going to do IN and THROUGH us.

.✞ August 30    Pray for choir members as we make final preparations, and pray that we will be spiritually prepared for the mission.

✞ August 31    Pray for travel safety.  Much traveling will be done over nine days. Pray for logistics of all air travel, bus travel, hotels and concert sites.

✞ Sept. 1    Pray for all who attend the concerts on this tour that their hearts will be open to the gospel message and many will come to know Christ as Savior.

✞ Sept. 2    Pray for safe travel to Charlotte, our place of departure.  Pray for family members staying at home as their tour members will be a long way from home.  Pray that God will give them His peace.

✞ Sept. 3    Pray for safe arrival in Edinburgh and a restful, exciting, and productive day of preparation.

✞ Sept. 4    Pray for our morning concert at the New Monkland Parish Church in Airdrie, Scotland and for our evening concert at the Holy Trinity Church in St. Andrews, Scotland.

✞ Sept. 5    Pray for safe travel today as much ground will be covered.  Concert tonight at Harrogate Baptist Church, Harrogate, England.

✞ Sept. 6    Pray for our afternoon concert at the York Minster Cathedral in York, England.

✞ Sept. 7    Pray for a fun morning touring Cambridge and our evening concert at Bunyan Meeting Free Church, Bedford, England – home of John Bunyan, writer of “Pilgrim’s Progress.”

✞ Sept. 8    Pray for our afternoon concert at Olney Parish Church (where “Amazing Grace” writer John Newton was the priest) and our evening concert at Christ Church, St. Albans, London.

✞ Sept. 9    Pray for a fun and safe day touring London.

✞ Sept. 10    Pray for a safe return to Columbia.

RIVERLAND HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH

http://www.riverlandhills.org

United Kingdom for Kingdom Glory!

United Kingdom for Kingdom Glory!

Trip Itinerary

SCOTLAND-ENGLAND

MISSION CHOIR TOUR

Sep 2-10, 2016

STUART CONDRA Minister of Music & The Adult Choir, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Irmo, South Carolina.

Purpose:

  • To fulfill the great commandment “Go ye therefore into ALL nations”
  • To encourage fellow believers in the U. K.
  • To help develop in RHBC members a more “mission-minded” lifestyle
  • To use the gifts and talents God has placed within us.
  •  Ministry/witnessing opportunities in each community we visit.

 SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

MORNING  WORSHIP  10:00AM

New Monkland Church, Airdrie, North Lanarkshire

Glenmavis Road, Glenmavis
Airdrie, Scotland ML6 0PQ

www.newmonklandandgreengairs.org.uk/ 

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2016

7:00PM EVENING CONCERT

PARISH CHURCH of the HOLY TRINITY

Church of Scotland

South Street, St. Andrews,

Ky 16 9UH United Kingdom

www.holyt.co.uk/

 

SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

7:00PM CONCERT: Harrogate Baptist Church, Harrogate

                       Victoria Avenue

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

HG1 5RD United Kingdom

www.harrogatebaptistchurch.org.uk/

 

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

2:00PM  CONCERT York Minster Cathedral, York

https://yorkminster.org/home.html

 

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

7:00pm  CONCERT  Bunyan Meeting Church, Bedford

Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU, tel 01234 213722

http://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016  CONCERT

1:00 PM: Olney Parish Church of St. Peter and St Paul

                   John Newton was pastor here when he wrote

                   AMAZING GRACE.

                      Church Street

                    Olney MK 46 4AD

http://olneyparish.org.uk/

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

7:30PM: CONCERT St. Albans Church

                        Town Hall Avenue

Acton Green Common, South Parade

London

W4 5LG

www.christchurchw4.com/home