Voices in Faith is a project organised and led by Joanne Wallace and Martin Fletcher.
The aim of Voices In Faith is to engage people, to better connect with their faith through music, workshops and concert performances.
Within the changing landscape of Parish life, the loss of a church can feel like a loss of an identity.
Voices In Faith Mission Statement:
The History of Voices In Faith
Initially, the Voices In Faith project was the brain-child of Joanne Wallace who, as a music ministry leader, saw an opportunity to develop links and engage the students of the two primary schools within her Parish of St. Wilfrid, Garston, Liverpool.
Joanne Wallace featuring Voices In Faith
The concert was designed and performed to develop the existing links between St. Austin's and Holy Trinity Primary Schools, within the Parish of St. Wilfrid, which was formed after the closure of a number of churches in the pastoral area. When a school loses its Parish Church, it impacts on the spiritual life of staff and students. Both Holy Trinity and St. Austin's had lost their churches. When this happens, a visible presence needs to be maintained and encouraged through visits from clergy and parish organisations... and this is why Voices In Faith was created. It was an opportunity to remind students that they are a member of a wider school and parish community, which has a shared voice.
When the Parish of St. Wilfrid was formed, Holy Trinity and St. Austin's Churches were both closed. The Headteachers of both schools were looking for a practical and fun way to engage students with their faith, through contemporary and 'traditional' Catholic worship music.
Each school formed a choir under the direction of Joanne Wallace and joined together for an evening concert in church, open to parents and parishioners.