The Coffs Harbour Salvation Army announces the return of Hymnfest ‘Ministry of Music’

Don Austin at home preparing for Hymnfest. Photo: David Tune.


SALVATION Army Major (Ret’d) Don Austin is delighted that Coffs Harbour can welcome back Hymnfest, described as a ‘Ministry of Music’ on Sunday June 20, now that pandemic restrictions have eased.

Started by Don in 2013 as an inspired ministry, the non-denominational celebration of traditional Christian hymns struck a chord with locals from many churches and walks of life, often filling up the Salvation Army church until the end of 2019, when restrictions hit and stopped the event.

Playing the Church’s Roland organ, which has been programmed to replicate the sound of a large cathedral pipe organ, Don delivers a program of traditional hymns that are not often heard in modern church settings.

He said, “Recreating the grand old hymns of the Christian faith is important to me, as many of them carry a depth of spiritual meaning that may not come across in more modern works.”

Some of the favourites that are presented include ‘Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah’, ‘How Great Thou Art’ and Charles Wesley’s ‘And Can It Be That I Should Gain’, as well as selected organ solos selected from Don’s over 50 years of playing church organ.

Hymnfest will now be held on the third Sunday of each month for an hour and half from 2:30pm at the Salvation Army, 40 Mastracolas Road, Coffs Harbour, with everyone invited to share in singing these much-loved hymns and songs from the Christian faith and enjoying some fellowship over a cuppa afterwards.

For more information contact Don Austin on 02 6658 9683.


By David TUNE

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