The GreenSpring Foundation (formerly HARPS Foundation), founded in 1999, is an internationally-recognized performing arts organization and a national model for music education and community service. Our programs annually provide: 300+ community concerts in Richmond, performances reaching 1,000,000+ viewers/listeners, and tuition-free music education programs for 800+ underserved youth in the Metro Richmond area. Our flagship program, the American Youth Harp Ensemble (AYHE), is a critically acclaimed ensemble comprised entirely of young people, ages 5-18. Based on the successful AYHE program model, GreenSpring has grown the Virginia Choristers, GreenSpring Chamber Music, GreenSpring Chamber Orchestra and Young Artist Program. GreenSpring International Academy of Music offers year-round music instruction. Private lessons for ages 5 to adult, group lessons, ensembles and early childhood music classes are available. The GreenSpring Summer Music Institutes attract students from around the world for intensive music study.
We are grateful for the partnership with Seventh Street Christian Church. Through this partnership, we are able to provide life-transformative educational opportunities for Richmond youth, regardless of financial means, background or disability, and provide impactful musical experiences, especially for those with limited access to the arts. We believe our work on behalf of those with the greatest need in the community furthers the outreach work of the church in a vital and meaningful way. A perfect example of our partnership at work was the GreenSpring “Music Feeds RVA” concert held in October of 2018 to benefit Seventh Street Christian Church’s Outreach efforts for FeedMore, Richmond’s food bank which generated a donation of over 430 pounds of food and several hundred dollars for FeedMore on behalf of the church.
The READ Center helps adults with low-literacy develop reading, writing, math, and digital skills through classroom-based instruction and one-to-one tutoring, so they can fulfill their goals and their roles as family members, workers, and members of the community. More than 29,000 adults in Richmond City lack basic literacy skills. Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty, improve housing opportunities, stabilize families and communities, and create sustainable employment. The READ Center believes everyone needs and deserves a literate life.
Mildred Bruce, a READ Center tutor and member of the Seventh Street congregation, brought The READ Center to the church. The READ Center has been providing adult literacy classes at Seventh Street Christian Church since 2014. Classes are currently held at SSCC on Tuesdays and Thursdays (11:00am- 1:00pm).
Incorporated in 2004, One Voice concerts regularly feature over 100 non-auditioned singers performing three major concerts per year and reaching out to the community through our auditioned ensemble which performs at public, corporate and private functions, as well as benefits for choral education and social justice events.
All are welcome to sing the beauty and power of diversity in an atmosphere of openness, inclusiveness, mutual respect, and fun. Those who join us experience friendships, and collaboration with people they may not have met otherwise and these opportunities open minds and hearts, one person and one voice to another.
Fellowship of the Spritit meeting
Alcoholics Anonymous - Speaker and Sharing: 5:30 to 6:30 pm Saturdays in Hanover Hall
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Festival Brass is a professional brass quintet formed in 1991 by several Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra musicians. Throughout the year, Festival Brass performs for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, political and charity fundraisers, open houses, Christmas parties, church services and recitals. Festival Brass has performed for the Grand Illumination at the James Center, Bay Day at York River State Park, and St. John’s Church Patrick Henry Re-enactment, along with a host of other performances. From classical to jazz to pop to “just plain fun”, Festival Brass excels at preparing eclectic programs juxtaposing several musical styles. We have been happy to make Seventh Street Christian our rehearsal home since 2001 and have performed recitals, concerts, services and the Arts on the Grove Festival throughout our long association.