Exhibition promises all kinds of everything for every kind of church
It will be singer Dana’s turn to be serenaded when Notre Dame School, Cobham sing a new version of her famous Eurovision-winning song All Kinds of Everything next month.
The 50-strong, all-girls choir will be in full voice at the opening of the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park, Surrey on Tuesday 17 October.
Their fun version of Dana’s most famous song will feature organisations, suppliers and charities at what is often dubbed the ‘ideal church show.’
"The pupils are learning a whole new ecclesiastical vocabulary that includes 'chasubles' and 'thuribles' – all part of a well-rounded education!" said Steve Goddard, the exhibition’s owner since November 2016.
"I am happy and honoured to cut the ribbon on this wonderful exhibition," said Dana, Ireland’s first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. "These may be challenging times but for believers they are also filled with hope and joy. I’m really looking forward to being with everyone at Sandown Park but then I always enjoy being with hopeful, joyful people."
As an 18-year-old schoolgirl in 1970 she was the last of 12 performers to sing before an estimated viewing audience of 200 million. The original version of All Kinds of Everything pushed the UK’s entry, sung by Mary Hopkin, into second place.
"It is a special pleasure to welcome Dana back to CRE," said Steve Goddard. "And I’m especially delighted she will be with us for all three days when she will sing, be interviewed about her distinguished career in music and politics and take part in Worship Alive, a special conference for musicians and sound technicians in local churches."
Dana last opened the exhibition in 1993.
"It has been some years since I last attended CRE and it is wonderful to see that with Steve and his wife, Allison, it continues to inspire and inform the Christian family," she said.
Almost 200 organisations at CRE 2017 will display everything from pulpits to puppets, computers to clergy clothing. Exhibitors include Redemptorist Publications and The Communion of International Catholic Churches.
A series of workshops and seminars for youth leaders will be held in the Youth Zone throughout all three days, alongside 40 mainstream seminars covering a range of practical subjects like cyber security and sound systems. Freelance journalist Ellen Teague will speak on Towards a Greener Church.
"Many local churches want to explore creation spirituality and 'green' their practice," she said, "but how do you bring creation care into the church agenda?"
Special guests include Terry Waite, former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
"CRE is all about dedicated men and women on dozens of stands offering specialist advice on all kinds of everything for all types of church," said event director Brett Pitchfork. "No wonder so many people call it the 'ideal church show'. And booking your tickets in advance means you can save at least 50 per cent on day‑of‑entry admission."
* CRE 2017 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey opening hours: Tue 17 and Wed 18 Oct, 10am-5pm; Thu 19 Oct May, 10am-4.30pm. Book your tickets in advance for CRE 2017 and save at least 50 per cent on day‑of‑entry admission. Visit www.creonline.co.uk for more information.