Wilmington’s Andrew & Nikki Thain To Perform In Stoneham’s First Congregational Church’s Easter Cantata

STONEHAM, MA — The First Congregational Church in Stoneham’s Choir along with guest musicians will present its annual Easter Cantata, “I Will Rise” by Gary Rhodes and Tim Cates, on Palm Sunday evening, March 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at the Church on Church Street in Stoneham.

Directed by Joyce Simpson of Revere and narrated by Jeremy Little of Wakefield, the musical event features 30 talented singers and instrumentalists from Stoneham and neighboring towns, including Andover, Burlington, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lynnfield, Medford, Melrose,  Reading, Revere, Wakefield, Wilmington, and Winthrop.  ASL Interpreter Donna Boucher will be the signer for the hearing impaired during the performance and Ken Gerwick will manage the sound.

All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.  Freewill offering appreciated.


  • Laurie Cecere, Chelmsford
  • Erica Farrand, Burlington
  • Kate Fournier, Haverhill
  • Jane Francis, Stoneham
  • Bonnie Glennon, Burlington
  • Mary Phaneuf, Malden
  • Dottie Terrell, Revere
  • Lynde Weston, Middleton


  • Donna Wall, Stoneham
  • Janice Barry, Wakefield
  • Rosemary Aylward, Medford
  • Jan Droz, Wakefield
  • Wanda Cantrell, Everett
  • Nikki Thain, Wilmington
  • Meg Critch, Medford
  • Judi Grogan, Melrose
  • Amanda Donald, Stoneham


  • Jim Burns, Chelsea
  • Joe Haddad, Wakefield
  • Thomas R. Rowen, Lynnfield


  • Mike Maloney, Somerville
  • Richard Perry, Reading
  • Andrew Thain, Wilmington
  • Ed Terrell, Revere

Guest Instrumentalists:

  • Steve Abisso-Guitar, Andover
  • Steve Knepper-Bass, Andover
  • Joe Cincotta-Drums, Winthrop
  • Yering Kang – Keyboard

About the First Congregational Church in Stoneham

The First Congregational Church of Stoneham was chartered in 1725. At that time, the town and the church were one entity, leading the political, social and religious life of its 300 citizens.  Today, the Church continues its active role in the Stoneham community and surrounding towns serving countless families through all life events. The Church also hosts a well-regarded nursery school for pre-school children and provides many other services for individuals and families in need, including the Stoneham/Board of Health Food Pantry and weekly community dinners through an interfaith program.

For more information, call 781-438-0097.

(NOTE: The above press release is from the First Congregational Church in Stoneham.)

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