Last week, many of us in Frodsham will have been saddened to hear of the sudden death of Joan Griffiths. Joan, her husband David and children Anne-Louise, Paul and Ian, came to Frodsham in the early 1980’s when David took up a new post as a bank manager in Helsby (yes there were banks in Helsby then!)
Joan and David worshipped at Trinity Methodist Church and brought with them vast experience of youth work, having led large successful MAYC Youth Clubs and Boys Brigade groups in Lancashire. Their evangelical spirit and commitment to bring young people to Christ was infectious and touched the lives of many in our church community and beyond.
Joan was an accomplished singer and musician and soon set about bringing together the Frodsham Methodist Singing Group. Singers from eight to eighty, drawn from across our churches, came together to perform musicals which included Greater than Gold, A Grain of Mustard Seed, From Pharaoh to Freedom, Jonah Man Jazz and Saints Alive to name but a few. Joan’s enthusiasm, energy and infectious smile inspired many and was instrumental in bringing people together with one common purpose, to sing praises to their God and to sing of a Christ who was in all and above all.
In chapter 5 of his gospel, the disciple Matthew says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Through music, song and showing the love of Christ to others Joan helped many to find Christ for themselves, as through her music she would just “tell the stories of Jesus”. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Listen to “Tell Me The Stories of Jesus”, written and arranged by Roger Jones in his musical Greater Than Gold:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.