Church service celebrates accomplished child

Sydney Hopson (left), who is perhaps better known around Conway as “ABC Girl,” along with Aidan Elsinger, an author and playright who is only in the sixth grade, will co-host special service at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tabernacle Missionary Church in Little Rock. The service will be a combined celebration of Hopson’s 9th birthday, her DVD release, her signing with a Christian-based talent group and the four-year anniversary of her memory recitals.

Eight year old Sydney Hopson continues to travel the southern region of the US singing, reciting and playing piano.

 

Her family said they are thankful for all the support they received throughout Hopson’s journey.

To that end, they have invited the public to join them as they pause to reflect during a combined celebration of her DVD release, signing with the Donna Groff Modeling and Talent Agency of Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ (AMTC), her 9th birthday and the four-year anniversary of her memory recitals.

The celebratory event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tabernacle Missionary Church in Little Rock. Rev. Carl Hunter is the pastor and overseer.

Hopson’s family said they hope to see her many supporters and friends will be able to participate in this celebration/praise and worship service.

Without the support of so many wonderful people, Hopson’s grandmother said, the traveling ministry would not have been what it has to date.

Other child artists will join Hopson in the celebration including 11-year-old Aidan Elsinger of Conway, who will serve as co-emcee.

Elsinger is already a published author, play writer, director, producer and YouTube vlogger. He is a sixth grader in the Conway Public Schools.

His book, “The Colorful Sky” can be purchased from Amazon or his website aidaneslinger.com.

Elsinger has been writing and directing plays since he was 8 years old. He wrote his first book at the age of 5.

Some of his works include “Steve Comes Home” and “Grandma’s Easter.”

He is currently working on more books and a third play titled “Sister’s Secrets,” scheduled for spring 2018. Elsinger said he enjoys performing with Red Curtain Theater and singing in his school chorus.

Hopson and Elsinger said they look forward to partnering to possibly work on some other projects together.

Other confirmed guests include singer and actress Destiny Wilson of Conway, Legacy Boys of Little Rock, Matallynn Hunter of Little Rock, Minister Terra Long, Determined of Little Rock, Worl Fashion Dolls of Conway, Pastor James Bell of Victory Ministries in Clarksville, Boss Angels of Conway, Rickey Tillman of Little Rock, Mira-mira of Conway, musician Quinton Whitfield and and a special appearance by Wonder Woman.

Special out-of-town guests will be Minister Isaiah Brown and the Gospel Redeemers of St. Louis, Missouri.

Gospel Announcers Dee Clay of Pine Bluff and Bro. Harold Smith of Forrest City and Victory Radio Station in Little Rock will also assist as Masters of Ceremony. Awards will be presented to people, churches and institutions who have shown considerable support over the years to Hopson and her mission for Christ.

Hopson is a member of Greater Friendship M.B. Church in Conway. Her pastor is Houston White.

She participates in supplemental studies at New Life as her schedule permits.

Hopson won’t quite be able to kick her shoes off and rest after the celebration planned because she is scheduled to participate in a Republican Party fundraiser at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock at 7 p.m. in memory of her family’s first Republican member, Velmar Bailey formerly of West Memphis, who died in May.

Rene Henderson, Hopson’s grandmother, said followers and supporters of Hopson have repeatedly asked: “How is our little ABC Girl doing?”

Henderson said that so many good and miraculous things continue to happen.

For example, just as Hopson’s mom Katrina was about to enroll her in public school due to a prolonged interruption in child support which resulted in decreased funds for private school tuition, an anonymous donor stepped forth to pay most of Hopson’s tuition balance at Conway Christian School for the 2017-2018 school year.

Hopson’s family said they are so grateful to the anonymous donor and for the committee members who selected her for a partial tuition scholarship.

She continues to make the Principal’s list with all As in her classes, Henderson said.

Thanks to the generous donations and support of members and friends of the Faulkner County Democratic Women, Hopson was scheduled to attend a Girls in Politics Congress Camp in Memphis in September, which was administered by the Political Institute for Women. However, the camp was cancelled due to complications from recent hurricanes.

For more about Hopson’s performance journey and recital ministry or to request her appearance at an event, call 501-697-3346, email abcgrandma@gmail.com or Facebook Rene Henderson.

 

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