Youthful exuberance and talent in Witney.


High Street Methodist Church, Witney, Oxfordshire, were delighted to be able to host OneSound, (some of you may remember them as they once were, MAYC Orchestra & Singers,) over the weekend of July 20th – 23rd 2017.

25 young people arrived on the Thursday ready for a reasonably gruelling rehearsal schedule and some good old-fashioned sleeping on church hall floors, in order to be ‘concert ready’ on the Saturday night in addition to leading the worship on the Sunday morning. There is no doubt that they were put through their paces by their Musical Director, but there seemed to be an abundance of fun and laughter as well as singing and playing.

The church volunteer catering team did an amazing job of feeding our guests, taking the unusually high number of allergies well in their stride, providing tasty, balanced and nutritious meals throughout. The response from the congregation to requests for a variety of foods was overwhelming and ensured that no-one went hungry, far from it!

Turnout on the evening of the concert was truly inspirational with the large worship area being almost full, with an audience of all ages, being drawn from across Witney and beyond. All were treated to an upbeat and energetic programme of sacred songs as well as testimonies from the members. The ‘A Capella’ number towards the end was deeply spiritual with the members blending their voices beautifully and one could not fail to be moved by God’s Spirit.

The group also led an equally good Sunday morning Service at which their Chairman, Martin Sykes, a Methodist Local Preacher, gave the message.

On a serious note, this event was as the result of the commitment of the church to a Mission Strategy, which amongst other aims, includes the target of hosting at least one large evangelical event per year, whereby all, regardless of age, gender, faith or none, are given an opportunity to hear the gospel. OneSound certainly hit the spot!

Well done OneSound, and thank you for coming to our church.

Report written by Rev Melanie Reed (Minister with Pastoral Oversight of High Street Methodist Church, Witney).

If you would like to get in touch with OneSound for future gig enquiries please contact Martin Sykes, OneSound Chair, on 07970914930 or by email