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Hope Children's Home Choir to perform at New Port Richey church

Children's home choir to perform at church

Bible Baptist Church, 6628 Cecelia Drive in New Port Richey, will welcome the Hope Children's Home Choir for a special performance at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 24-member choir performs at churches and events throughout the Tampa Bay area. Through song and story, the children share personal testimonies of faith, forgiveness and healing.

Founded in 1968, Hope Children's Home provides care to abused, neglected and orphaned children from across the United States. The nonprofit organization, which operates on 55 acres in northwest Tampa, provides a Christian upbringing to youth up to age 18. The property includes boys' and girls' dormitories, family cottages, worship centers, a gymnasium and a K-12 school.

Mike Higgins serves as executive director at the children's home, which is managed by a board of directors that includes Florida pastors and business owners.

Bible Baptist provides monthly financial support to the children's home, which operates solely on private donations.

"We invest in them because of the transformation we see in the children's lives," said Matt Stidham, senior pastor at Bible Baptist. "The work they do is incredible. They not only house, clothe and feed the children as their own; they educate them as well."

Stidham, who began work at Bible Baptist two years ago, said the church regularly delivers donations of clothing, school supplies and other necessities to Hope.

There is no cost to attend Sunday's concert, but donations to Hope are appreciated.

"They are always in need," Stidham said.

Immediate needs for the home are posted at


Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road, Trinity, will host a Girls Night Out at 7 p.m. Monday.

The evening's theme will be "Bloom Where You're Planted." Speakers will focus on blossoming through the different stages of life.

Those attending should bring a canned good to donate to Metropolitan Ministries. There will be complimentary desserts and coffee. For information, contact Kim Mohsen (727) 375-8801, ext. 2293.