Blues band raising funds for Cyrus Centre

The Good Friday Blues band will perform their annual evenings of worship at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and 3

Aaron Dawson and Angelika Dawson sing at last year’s Good Friday Blues Service. This year’s event will be held April 2&3

Aaron Dawson and Angelika Dawson sing at last year’s Good Friday Blues Service. This year’s event will be held April 2&3

The Good Friday Blues band will perform their annual evenings of worship at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 and 3 at House of James (2743 Emerson St.).

The unique experience, focused on blues music, also support Cyrus Centre, a Fraser Valley ministry that serves street-entrenched youth.

Cyrus Centre provides 24/7 care to at-risk youth in Abbotsford and Chilliwack. They rely completely on donations to operate and their goal is to ensure that youth have a safe place to go where they will be met with care and compassion. Last year’s event raised over $5,000 for this ministry because of matching donations from a generous donor.

The same generous couple is set to match donations up to $2,500 again this year.

Now in its fourth year, Good Friday Blues includes prayers, readings and a “sermon” delivered by actor, John Dawson. The evening will also include an original poem presented by Adriel Brandt. Although the structure of the worship experience is fairly traditional, it’s the addition of more than a dozen blues tunes that makes Good Friday Blues different.

The Good Friday Blues band is: drummer Steve Dahl (Oh Village), lead vocalist and guitar Aaron Dawson and Daniel Wagner, vocals and guitar (both Minnesota Nice), bassist Chris Teichroeb, vocalist Benita Warkentin, Byron Wiebe on harmonica, and Angelika Dawson on vocals (all White Moses and the Fury).

Tickets are $5 and are available from the House of James. For more information about the services visit www.goodfridayblues.wordpress.com or www.houseofjames.com. For information about Cyrus Centre, visit http://www.cyruscentre.com/