Avenue Church To Host Benefit Concert


Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 7.58.37 AMThe Avenue Methodist Church, located at 20 N Church Street, in Milford will be hosting a public concert featuring The Reminders on Friday, March 8 at 6:30 pm. Organizers of the event Linda Rogers and Judy Grier have been working for years to secure the world-renowned band and are excited to have the opportunity to invite the public to experience Avenue Church. Avid supporters of Avenue Church, Judy has been a member of the church for thirty eight years as Linda has been a member for forty. As the contemporary service has continued to grow over the past several years, Linda and Judy felt that this event would help capture and share the excitement of that service to the Milford community.

“Judy and I have both heard The Reminders and they are not only talented but very inspirational,” stated Ms. Rogers. “It will be a great way for the community to see what Avenue has to offer.”

The Reminders are described as an original Americana band with roots in gospel, blues and country. The band, composed of John W. Thompson, Ed Shockley and Kevin Short, represents a lifetime of music as each member has had decades of experience in the music and entertainment industry. As individuals they have written famous songs, recorded and produced all kinds of music in all kinds of styles and played on recordings all over the world.

As a composer, John Thompson has had his songs recorded internationally by artists including Johnny Cash, Amy Grant, Earl Scruggs and Tom T. Hall. Ed Shockley, first establishing himself on the music scene in Delaware, went on the road which included a 17 year stop in Manhattan and now finds himself coming full circle, back to his Sussex County roots. Kevin Short opened his first recording studio in 1989, and subsequently a full scale concert/theatrical production company, providing sound, lights and production services for events all over the Eastern United States.

The benefit concert will assist the Avenue Church in developing a new security system for the building.  Being a community center that hosts several non-profit organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts as well as internal services such as preschool and music lessons, the money will help to keep the active location safe for all that use it.

“There is not a night that there is not a community event here,” commented Kevin Chamberlain,
Minister of Music and Organist at Avenue Methodist Church. “This equipment will allow the church to better equip the facility that helps us serve others.”

Before the event, Avenue Methodist Church will also have the opportunity to share the many different missions they offer to the Milford community on a daily basis including the food pantry, health ministry, Matthew Project and youth Fusion Team. The Reminders will be performing at Avenue UMC on Friday, March 8 at 7pm. Performances by the Avenue UMC Praise Team will begin at 6:30pm. The event is free to the public as individuals are asked only to make a freewill offering if they choose to do so. Attendees are also invited to bring canned goods as a donation, if they are able to do so. For more information on the event individuals are encouraged to  visit http://www.avenueumc.com/.