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Friday, September 30, 2016
And finally... something every church needs
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¬† A karaoke-style hymn machine, which plays 2755 sacred songs at the touch of a remote control button, has won the coveted My Church Needs One of Those ('McNoot') Award at the Scottish Christian Resources Exhibition in Edinburgh. The HT 300, which retails at £1899 (+VAT), is fully portable and can be used in churches, schools and old people's homes. It is especially useful in situations where a 'real' organist is not available. Nine other new products were entered for the competition, including glory golf balls and Salvation Challenge - a Monopoly-styled board game with a religious twist. Four Scottish clergy judged the competition which took place at the Royal Highland Centre. "We're delighted to have won the McNoot Award," said Hymn Technology's Martin Phelps. "I think the judges liked the fact that you can make the sound of a classic church organ - or even a Salvation Army band - using a simple remote control. "Many churches struggle to find an organist at key points in the week. Supplying music at weddings and funerals can prove time-consuming and expensive. This machine takes away the hassle factor - and churches have access to a "virtual" organist all day, every day." The Scottish Christian Resources Exhibition, often dubbed the 'ideal church show', runs until Saturday 15 October. It features speakers from many different traditions that include The Most Rev Mario Conti, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, Rev Dr John Drane, formerly of Aberdeen University, now professor of New Testament and Practical Theology at Fuller Seminary, California and Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill, from the Centre of Contemporary Ministry, Christian Workplace Forum. They are speaking on key areas like the Religious and Racial Hatred Bill, bereavement counselling, homelessness - and how to influence the Scottish Parliament. On display in the exhibition hall is an intriguing range of products and services, charities and missions. Among some 200 exhibitors will be the Scottish Palestinian Forum, Edinburgh Organ Studio and Reality at Work in Scotland. Entry is free. The show which opens yesterday, runs until Saturday, 10am-5pm. (10am - 4pm on Saturday). For more information phone (01844) 271476. Fax: (01844) 344988. Email: cre@resourcex.co.uk. Source: SCRE
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