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Kingman senior music group seeking participants


KIM STEELE/Miner

Jim Barnes, 72, of First Pentecostal Church of God, strums an electric guitar as Ralph Holt, 89, a member of Church of the Nazarene, plays a harmonica behind him. Holt also played a lap steel guitar.

As far as Ruth Angle is concerned, age isn't a factor when it comes to worshipping God.

That's why Angle, 74, is seeking older participants for the Saints Alive Senior-Over 50 Hymn Sing and Potluck. Angle, who directs the monthly non-denominational group, wants to add more voices and musical instruments to the group, which now has about 30 members from local Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Nazarene and other churches.

"This is a community thing, not just about my church," said Angle, a member of Church the Nazarene, which hosts the event. "We want to get all the churches in the area involved. Those who participate tell me they have a wonderful time, and that's what we're here for. Who says that just because we're in our 70s or 80s, we can't have fun?"

The musical group, which has been in existence for about eight years, meets at 11 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the church, located at 4715 N. Stockton Hill Road. Angle started it after seeing a similar group perform at a previous church she attended and thinking it would be fun to start it when she moved here.

During a recent gathering, musicians played guitars, piano, harmonica and a No. 2 washtub bass decorated with rubber chickens. All instruments are welcome and encouraged, said Angle. Songs included older standard hymns and newer praise choruses sung at many churches. The gathering was followed by a potluck lunch.

Shirley Barnes, 73, sat in the audience and sang as her husband, Jim Barnes, 72, played lead electric guitar near the stage. The couple attends the First Pentecostal Church of God in Kingman and has participated in the group for about three years.

"I enjoy music and love to fellowship with other Christians," said Shirley Barnes. "I love the songs, and the people here are fantastic. Everyone is so loving and friendly, and they're like family. This group brings people together, no matter what their denomination is, for a good time."

Fred Zavala, 69, brought along a guitar for his first time participating in the group. Zavala, who attends Amazing Hope Chapel House of Prayer, said he was looking forward to praising God through his music with others of like mind, despite the differences in what they believe.

"I love to play music for God's people and to encourage them through song," said Zavala. "This is a relaxed atmosphere and there's no denominational walls. I believe all churches should come together like this and worship as one."

For more information about participating in the group, call (928) 681-1598.




 

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