Edward Waters College Choir performs at Bethel AME Church

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   Fellowship Mass Choir

By: Jacqueline Miles

Saturday evening what started out as a concert turned to a celebration of church at Bethel AME Church located at 511 Woodland Drive.

Beginning with a song from the Disciples of Praise, a spirit filled praise dance by Sister Crystal Williamson and songs by the Fellowship Mass Choir, everyone in the house enjoyed a variety of uplifting, soul rendering music.

As the Edward Water College Choir, dressed in black formal attire, entered the sanctuary, the choir took their place and began their harmonious and rhythmic acapella rendition of an African folklore.

As heads nodded and feet tapped, the congregation listened and rejoiced.

Adding to the festive and cultural experience, Fellowship Mass Choir took to the stand during the break of the Edward Waters College Choir.  With this group, church began.  Singing gospel oldies, such as ‘I won’t be Back’  everyone again was on their feet giving praise.

To seal the atmosphere of praise, Edward Waters College Choir returned to the stand to take the audience to the next level.

Edward Waters College is a private college located in Jacksonville, Florida.   It was founded in 1866 to educate freed former slaves and is the oldest historically black college in Florida.  It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and is part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida.  Its current president is Nathaniel Clover, former Sheriff of Jacksonville.

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