Discover Appalachian Crafts, Storytelling, Music, Activities, and Foods at First Church of Christ’s West Virginia Mission Festival

Some of the performers visiting Bedford for First Church of Christ Congregational’s West Virginia Mission Festival on Saturday, January 14 from 3 to 9 pm – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Five members of First Church of Christ Congregational visited Pipestem, West Virginia for a week of service during a 2016 Mission Trip, and another delegation will return in July, 2017.

The mission experiences were so powerful, First Church is bringing a bit of West Virginia to Bedford by inviting several West Virginia friends to visit next month for the first-ever West Virginia Mission Festival, scheduled from 3 until 9 pm on Saturday, January 14 at First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

Mission Festival activities will include Appalachian music & storytelling; a Southern-style buffet dinner; Appalachian Cake Walks (think musical chairs, but with cakes); a sale of West Virginia handicrafts; and activities for children. Four West Virginia musicians will visit — Tim and Maggie, a flute and banjo duo; with Lori and Robert Blankenship, playing traditional Appalachian music – during the Festival.

In addition to sharing Appalachian culture, the musicians will bring first-hand reports about current economic challenges in West Virginia. Members of First Church will discuss mission opportunities for Bedford residents wishing to return hope and optimism to a naturally beautiful part of our country.

Festival proceeds will benefit First Church’s mission activities and their West Virginia partners: the Appalachian South Folklife Center, the Wade Center, Open Heart Ministries, RiffRaff Arts Collective, and the Stages Music School for Children.

For additional information, click to visit First Church’s website, or call 781-275-7951.

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