Church is setting for the musical premiere of an exciting Bible tale told to music

A major new Christian musical is to receive its south-coast premiere in a Worthing church.

Apostle, a musical by Birmingham composer Roger Jones, is to be performed in Holy Trinity Church, Shelley Road, on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19 at 7.30pm.

Spokesman Ian Tout said: “The musical tells the exciting story, from the Bible’s Acts of the Apostles, of Paul who originally persecuted the followers of Jesus of Nazareth.

“After being blinded on the road to Damascus, he receives healing at the hands of Ananias, a follower of Jesus and becomes himself a disciple of Jesus.

“He goes on to become a leading speaker, founded many churches in Asia and Europe and writes many letters of encouragement to new Christian churches.

“His writings make up fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament.

“Today, his letters continue to be deeply rooted in the theology, worship, and pastoral life of the Western Church.”

Ian added: “Performers in the musical include a choir drawn from a variety of churches in the Worthing area and a children’s choir of pupils from Broadwater Manor School, all led by musical director Jane Hicks.

The composer Roger Jones, a former music teacher in inner-city Birmingham, has been in full-time Christian music ministry since 1984.

He has written more than 20 musicals, many of which have been toured throughout Britain and also performed around the world.

Christian Music Ministries provides mail-order resources for churches and Christian groups on music in worship and renewal and also organises courses, conferences and tours.

Admission to the performances is free with donations invited at the end.

Further details about Christian Music Ministries is available from www.cmm.org.uk or 01527 576440.

Musical director Jane Hicks said: “This musical is a very exciting story about an important figure in the life of the church.

“It offers something for Christians and non-Christians alike. There’s something in it for everyone from the regular churchgoer to the person just starting to explore their faith. It’s an experience that you will not want to miss”.