Community Christian Children's Choir entertain at Rotary

Staff Writer

The Community Christian Children's Choir, under the direction of Susie Marshall sang at the meeting of the West Point Rotary Club, Thursday. Rotarian and West Point Consolidated School District Superintendent Burnell McDonald was in charge of the program.

"I met Susie Marshall some 15 or 16 years ago," McDonald said. "She has a God-given talent for working with children. She was the music teacher at Church Hill Elementary. Even though she retired from teaching music in the school, she continues to work with children in the Community Christian Children's Choir."

Marshall said the songs the children sing are always based in scripture and all the children are very active in their home churches.
"I used to say the children were ages from first to sixth grade," Marshall said. "But now we have young people from every school in West Point up through the North Campus of West Point High School. We are so pleased to have them want to stay with us and continue singing past the sixth grade. We have children from Oak Hill and some who are home-schooled."

Marshall said she has 35 children who participate in the choir. She said they are always happy to have the chance to perform.
"We now have digital drums," Marshall said. "I called a music store in Memphis to see if they had any used ones for a reasonable price. The guy said he thought he knew someone who might sell theirs. He called me a little while later to say the man would give them to me. He didn't want to be paid. God just keeps providing miracles for us. We give Him all the credit."

Marshall said the group will have their end of the year musicale Dec. 5, at First Presbyterian Church, FPC.
"This is when they will recite their scripture verses and receive their Bibles," Marshall said. "They all look forward to that performance. We have a reception afterwards. It is open to the public and we are glad to have everyone come to listen to them."

She said the CCCC sing all praise songs. During Rotary, the choir sand; Testify by Needtobreathe, God's Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin, How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, We Believe by Newsboys, Children of God by Third Day and the final selection was Old Church Choir by Zach Williams.

"We try to go to a skilled nursing facility every semester," Marshall said. "The residents always seem to enjoy the children singing so very much."
Marshall said the choir also gives big performances twice a year. The first one is during Holy Week and at a Thanksgiving service at the Presbyterian Church.

"All of this started at Oak Hill Academy," Marshall said. "There were young people who enjoyed doing plays. But there is a lot of work that goes into a play. I narrowed it down into the children singing. I took the idea with me when I started working at Church Hill. The choir evolved from there."
Marshall said she has learned a lot from the children and loves working with them.