Terry’s Picks for April 2020

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

EVENTS2Here's the column in which your faithful West Michigan Christian News writer usually surveys the landscape for the area's faith-inspired arts/entertainment/enrichment events over the coming month.

But one of many persistent effects of the coronavirus COVID-19 is: for the entire month of April there are simply no events appropriate to the list that I can be sure will go on as scheduled.

So the "April Picks" headline is a misnomer.

If you go back and look at my picks for the month of March, you'll note that every single one of them was cancelled.

That's not a good batting average.


I wrote a separate story on all the events that have been postponed or cancelled  which featured at least seven April concerts that were affected, some of which otherwise might have been listed in this Picks column.

And just think of all the Holy Week and Easter musicals, dramas, Good Friday and Sunrise services, etc. that were washed away by the virus threat.

So it's back to square one.


Even the month of May is somewhat uncertain. Already large scale events – Tulip Time in Holland and the Amway River Bank run in Grand Rapids - have been postponed. There are a handful of Christian concerts still on the May books as of this writing, but I'm hesitant to even mention them in case they're called off. (At the end of April we'll revisit that for my May Picks).

So, let's push the pause button on this column as well, and see where the road leads. In the meantime, please check back with WMCN and we will attempt to keep you in the know.

Good health to you and yours,
Terry DeBoer
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Terry DeBoer
Author: Terry DeBoer
Terry is a journalist/feature writer for newspapers, magazines and websites, with a background in radio broadcasting. His usual beat is arts and entertainment, specializing in Christian/gospel music. A married father of two, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan Contributing Writer: West Michigan Christian News August 2011 – Present Feature writer: -Mlive.com (website and various newspapers) 1988– 2016 -Spotlight New Christian Music Magazine 1997-2008 -Church News Editor, Church Herald Magazine 2004-2009

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