I often ﬁnd it strange that God uses something as small and as simple as music to bring people closer to him, but it's true. Many moments in my life, a simple lyric or note has caused me to be overwhelmed with joy or humbly fall upon my knees. DOWNTOWN CHURCH is blessed to have over ten talented musicians on rotation, that are committed to worshipping with, and not to, the congregation. The spirit of God is among us, because we have seen how music reaches people. And through events like DTC's Open Mic Night, we have seen it welcome new people. In response to all this, through prayer and practice, DOWNTOWN CHURCH seeks to create music that is beautifully reverent. Many people have responded to our efforts by contributing their time and talent. The Frazier family has never attended a worship service or an Open Mic Night, but they too are now a part of our church. The Fraziers live in Newberry and have ties to the church through their daughter and their son Will. Will attended Presbyterian College with Amos and it was his recent death, that connected the Fraziers to the church. In honor of Will, who loved music, his parents gifted DOWNTOWN CHURCH with funds from Will's memorial. The funds will be used to establish an annual paid summer internship for Worship Arts for a rising junior or senior in high school.
This summer Xan Dubose received the first William Frazier Worship Internship. Xan attends A.C. Flora and worships at DOWNTOWN CHURCH with her family. She is a vocalist with the worship band. When she's not at school or church Xan sings with the state and district honor choirs. As if that wasn't enough, Xan has also played a supporting role in the musical, "High School Musical Two" last year and this year was the lead, Penny, in "Hairspray."
This summer Xan will work with our worship leaders, selecting and arranging music for worship, planning services, and learning along the way. We thank the Fraziers for the generosity in establishing this internship.