June 10-17, 2017
See our Full Itinerary for more details.
Map Showing Progression of the Tour
Brief Bio of the Choir
The Youth Choir, One Voice, from First Baptist Church, Easley, SC is a 45-voice mixed choir under the direction of Chris Clark and Rick Baumgarner. The choir will be touring with 42 singers this summer in Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL; South Bend, IN; Cincinnati, OH; and Sevierville, TN.
One Voice is comprised of students in grades 6-12 who attend seven different schools, but all attend First Baptist Church, Easley, The choir leads regularly in worship services a the church, attends regional choir festivals, and tours each summer. In recent years the choir has toured through SC, NC, VA, TN, GA, AL, MS, LA, KY, OH, WV, NC, PA, and MD.
Description of the Tour
This is One Voice’s eighth annual summer tour in recent years. This year 42 singers and chaperones will be sharing God’s love through music in Louisville, KY; Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL; South Bend, IN; Cincinnati, OH; and Sevierville, TN.
In addition to singing in the morning worship service at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY, the choir will be presenting a dramatic musical entitled, This Changes Everything, with music by Kyle Matthews. The drama for the musical was written by Dr. Owen Robertson, former Minister of Education at First Baptist Church, Easley, SC. Together, the music and drama convey the power of God to work through His son, Jesus Christ, to transform lives. The Biblical encounters, portrayed in creative fashion, demonstrate that God is still interested in changing lives. One song simply asks, “Are you ready for this?”
The choir will also be serving in these areas by ministering to students their own age at the Illinois Youth Center where young people are working to improve their chances of success. The choir will also be singing at the “oldest continuously serving rescue mission in the United States.” The Pacific Garden Mission will give One Voice the chance to sing AND serve at the rescue mission. Children of the Smoky Mountains will also have a chance to interact and hear the choir sing when One Voice sings for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, TN. In addition, the student musicians and actors will be leading worship in Presbyterian churches and Catholic churches in KY, IN, and OH.
Synopsis of the Musical
Most of us assume that change is a matter of simply making up your mind to do something. Yet so many of us struggle with spiritual growth and often very little life change is occurring. Then where is the breakdown? Are we in partnership with God? Are we allowing God to use his Holy Word, the Bible, to train and instruct us on what we should become? Are we relying on God’s gift, the Holy Spirit, to shape us?
Our tour musical, This Changes Everything, is a dramatic musical with music by Kyle Matthews. The drama for the musical was written by Dr. Owen Robertson, former Minister of Education at First Baptist Church, Easley, SC. Together, the music and drama convey the power of God to work through His son, Jesus Christ, to transform lives. The Biblical encounters, portrayed in creative fashion, demonstrate that God is still interested in changing lives. One song simply asks, “Are you ready for this?” That’s the question that we each must answer!
List of Songs in Musical
(all songs written by Kyle Matthews, except where indicated)
- The Way It Is (by Kyle Matthews)
- A New Kingdom
- Are You Ready for This?
- Pure Joy
- How to Live Together
- The Friends
- Comic Opera
- This Changes Everything
- The Lord’s Prayer (by Albert Hay Malotte)
- Troubled Waters (The Pool of Bethesda)
- This Is Not Normal
- Palm Sunday
- Remember the Song
- All I Know is What I See (The Centurion)
- All I Know is What I See (Thomas)
- This Changes Everything (Reprise)
This Changes Everything One Voice Choir Tour DVD
There will be a DVD of the This Changes Everything One Voice Choir Tour presentation that will be recorded at EFBC on Sunday, June 18 during the 10:15AM Worship Service. We will be selling them for $15 per DVD. Order one(or more) here!
This Year’s Ministry Challenge
The students adopt a tour mission project each year and our ministry challenge for This Changes Everything tour is to raise enough money to fund one slavery rescue operation through International Justice Mission. With over 45 million people in slavery and bondage around the world, all money received will go to support IJM’s mission of rescuing victims of injustice and slavery, bringing criminals to justice, helping to restore survivors, and strengthening the justice systems in the developing world. Our tour goal is to raise $6300, the cost of one slavery rescue operation. Will you help? You may contribute by clicking here to support this year’s ministry challenge.
Churches/Non-Profits Where We Will Be Singing
- Louisville Bats baseball game
- Second Presbyterian, Louisville, KY
- Second Presbyterian, Indianapolis, IN
- Illinois Youth Center, Chicago, IL
- Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, IL
- Holy Family Catholic Church, South Bend, IN
- Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
- Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, Sevierville, TN
- Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
- Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
- Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
- Seadog Boat Tours, Chicago, IL
- Skydeck, Chicago, IL
- Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
- Legends of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
- Ark Encounter, Williamstown, KY
- Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN
Follow the tour day by day!
Day 1 - Saturday, June 10th
Day 2 - Sunday, June 11th
Day 3 - Monday, June 12th
Day 4 - Tuesday, June 13th