Some of you will know that I have the privilege of being a member of Gospel Generation Community Choir, a choir that was formed 14 years ago by Geraldine Latty. I found these amazing inspirational people just after we lost contact with our granddaughter, a very dark time for us all. I felt lost and unable to see a way forward.

I heard there was a choir locally and you could just go along, so somehow I found the courage to go.

I sat down and the church suddenly became full of this wonderful sound, songs that seemed to be telling me that all was not lost, there was a future.

Geraldine married and moved to London where she continues her work with London School of Theology with her husband Carey.

We now have new choir leaders who work tirelessly to introduce us to new songs and encourage us to sing! Culminating in concerts at the end of the term.

The 4 GGCC choirs all came together last night and sang songs of hope, songs that were written by people in times of extreme struggle and hardship, but always with a message of, this is not it, there is something better to come.

Whether you are a person of faith or not the words and music resonate with anyone who is going through a tough time.

Geraldine and Carey returned to Bristol last night to join us, and we had the privilege of singing one of her songs from her new album, “Can you see it.”

She has this extraordinary way of singing that you believe she has written this song and is singing just for you, it is very moving.

When I talk to grandparents and say that we owe it to ourselves to live our lives to the full, and suggest that maybe trying something new, something they have never done before might be helpful, I know that when I joined GGCC I had found something, I can’t really explain what it was I found I just know that singing makes me feel better and songs of hope are a real comfort.

Last night I also received a ‘Geraldine Hug,’ guaranteed to make you feel better, she exudes compassion and care, I will carry that around for a long time.

I will also carry her words with me, “Jane, the sun will rise.”

Jane.