Manchester Church hosts the Sing Me Home Festival this Saturday, Sept. 30

By Chris Good

The Sing Me Home Festival returns to North Manchester, Ind., tomorrow–Saturday, Sept. 30– with a full-day event hosted by Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Sing Me Home 2023 is free and open to the public, and will feature local artisans, local food, family-friendly activities, and a diverse lineup of music including acclaimed singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, Grammy-winner Peter Madcat Ruth, Indianapolis-based Mariachi Zelaya, award-winning hip-hop/soul cellist and singer-songwriter Jordan Hamilton, and the Miami Nation of Indiana Twigh Twee Singers!

A free evening community meal also will be served celebrating local farmers during this harvest season.

Co-coordinators are Chris Good and Seth Hendricks. The Sing Me Home Festival is a collaboration between Manchester Church of the Brethren and Good and Hendricks’ band Friends with the Weather.

Hendricks is associate pastor of youth and congregational life for the Manchester Church. “We hope to create a space where a gathered community can experience a deep, spiritual sense of home,” he said. “Whether it’s being in the beautiful physical setting of our festival grounds, in the company of beloved friends and neighbors, or being inspired by phenomenal musicians, we look forward to sharing a wonderful day together on September 30th. All are welcome to join us!”

Good is an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based musician and North Manchester native, and Sing Me Home’s founder and co-coordinator. “We are so excited to build upon a successful first year of programming in 2022 by hosting our most ambitious event yet. It means so much to us to have broad community support to be able to offer this incredible lineup to the community for free!”

Please pray… For the outreach of the Sing Me Home Festival and Manchester Church of the Brethren, that it will bring blessing to the wider community.

No registration is required to attend the majority of the day, which will be held outside on the festival grounds hosted by Manchester Church of the Brethren at 1306 Beckley Street in North Manchester.

An RSVP is required to reserve a seat for the featured evening program that will be held indoors, featuring Michigan-based cellist/singer-songwriter Jordan Hamilton, Miami Nation of Indiana tribal council member Erin Oliver, and singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer with pianist Gary Walters and The Gathering of Spirits String Quartet.

Find the festival schedule, volunteer opportunities, artist profiles, and FAQ at


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