For nearly 30 years, vocalists throughout St. Johns County have come together, rendering their talents and gifts, for a citywide gospel concert.
This year, the People Helping People choir will present “Operation Praise” at 6 p.m. July 30 at St. Paul AME Church, 85 Martin Luther King Ave.
Pastor E. Chris Washington, a 1986 graduate of St. Augustine High School and pastor of Beacon Light Community Church in Panama City, Florida, started the People Helping People organization in 1988.
“It has always been a joy to see soloists, choir and musicians come together to render praise and honor to God,” Washington says.
From 1988 to 2005, the People Helping People organization hosted a concert each year with choir members ranging from 50 to 125.
In 2013, People Helping People held a reunion concert. Several hundred people attended.
In 2015, as St. Augustine celebrated its 450th anniversary, People Helping People performed for more than 40,000 residents and tourists.
The funds raised at each concert help support different functions in the community.
Over the years, People Helping People has contributed to youth scholarships, Community Aide, Habit for Humanity and many other community organizations and individuals in need.
The organization has also recognized individuals and presented awards for community service.
At the Operation Praise concert, the People Helping People Community Gospel Choir and other special guests will perform a variety of music including Gospel rap, choir, quartet and modern praise.
A People Helping People DVD, “Down Through the Years” will be available for purchase, and Washington’s book “Trusting God Through it All,” will also be available.
In addition, community awards will be presented to Arnett C. Chase and Lula Wise.