Christian singer to share message with UMC

By on June 5, 2009

Singer Virginia Hill takes the pulpit for Sunday services
by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church will celebrate the first-of-the-season summer outdoor service with a musical “sermon” from pop-rock singer Virginia Hill.

Hill, whose sons Kenny and Kyle are members of the Sugar Grove Boy Scout Troop, attended Boy Scout Sunday with husband Ken earlier this year. She asked the Rev. Steve Good if there was any way she could share her musical gifts with the church.

Good quickly took her up on her offer, and is giving up the pulpit on Sunday, June 7, for Hill to share her message with worshippers at both services. The 8 a.m. service will take place at the church’s future site on Harter Road, under the new open-air pavilion built earlier this year. The 10:30 a.m. service will take place at the church’s current building on Main Street in Sugar Grove.

Hill, who performs frequently at Daniel’s Den in Plano, has two CDs to her credit. Two songs from her debut album, “LOL”, released in spring 2007, “I Want To Be Like You” and “I Believe,” made it to the indie Top Ten CRW Global AC charts. “I Am Here,” from her recent release, “Truth & Love,” debuted at No. 3 on the CRW Global Inspo chart.

According to Hill’s website, her “musical appeal lies in her boldly personal songs, delivered with a heartfelt fervency that reaches across the generation gap at every turn.”

“I’m an adapter,” she said with a laugh. “I’m comfortable in any setting, and can minister to any group.”

On tour, Hill plays at smaller events geared to women, youth, families, schools, or larger venues like the Muskegon 2007 Christian Unity Festival in Michigan, where she performed before 10,000 fans.

Good said he and the congregation are excited about Hill’s part in the worship services on Sunday. He said that she will not only sing, but will also share her life experiences and connect with the people in attendance.

“It will be something special,” he said.

Sugar Grove United
Methodist Church
Worship services featuring
Christian pop-rock singer
Virginia Hill
Sunday, June 7,

8 a.m. at future church site
at Harter Road west of Route 47
10:30 a.m. at 176 S. Main Street,
Sugar Grove