Lights, camera, action! Songs of Praise comes to Downend
A DOWNEND church will be preaching to the nation when members of its congregation appear on television.
With less than three weeks’ notice, film crews from Songs of Praise turned up at Christ Church Downend to record footage for an episode of the long-running BBC programme.
Mobile recording studios inside vans lined the paths to the church during a service on the evening of Saturday July 13.
A band from Emmanuel Church in Brighton led the congregation of all ages in modern worship songs as camera workers stayed at the sides to record the action.
Diane Paddon, head of the church's youth ministry, said: “The production team commented on the warmth of the church community.
“At the end of the ten song marathon, some sang three times, people left uplifted by our time of praise and worship together and somewhere on the scale of husky to voiceless!”
Songs of Praise was first aired in 1961 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cardiff, making the show one of the longest running series of its genre in the world.
It is broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday afternoons, with the episode featuring Christ Church scheduled to be aired early in the new year.
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