Are you ready for another inspiring interview? Then grab your cuppa and settle down as I chat to musician Helen Sanderson-White…..
It’s really nice to meet you – please introduce yourself to us all!
My name is Helen Sanderson-White and I am 40 years old. I’m a singer-songwriter and musician. A weird fact about me is that I was born with six fingers on one hand! The sixth finger was deformed and had no bone it, so it was removed from hand.
Where do you live and what do you like/loathe about it?
I live in Buckinghamshire which I love; I’ve lived in the area for ten years now. It’s a county full of history and spirituality, with lots to see and do. I used to live in London, so I love that I live only 40 minutes away from the theatres, concerts, museums and shops!
How many kids do you have?
I have two children: my daughter is about to turn nine and my son will be four in the summer. They are very creative and love dressing up and putting on shows. Music is a must in our house and they enjoy singing and playing instruments.
What is the best thing about motherhood for you?
I love playing and chatting with my children. They have such an interesting point of view on life; it’s refreshing to see things through the view point of a child as it reminds of us of how over complicated we can make things! My children also remind to enjoy the simple things in life, such as a walk or reading a book together.
And what is the worst thing?!
Early mornings! Fortunately my daughter has grown out of this now but my son still gets up between 6am and 6.30am! I’m not a morning person so I don’t know where he gets his energy from!
How do you try to help your children connect with God and the bible?
We read bedtime Bible stories and pray every night. They like the Kids Kindle Bible App which has cartoon Bible stories. You can interact with the story and make the characters move, so they often end up fighting over who’s turn it is! I encourage them to pray when they are worried about something, it’s good for them to see God moving on their behalf and begin to develop their own relationship with God.
My daughter has a Bible that has different topics with relevant verses in it. She likes to go through and ask me questions and tell me what she thinks about situations that are arising in her life. I think that’s healthy and it’s good to sit with her and chat things through. Exploration of faith is important at all ages.
What is your “mission-field” at the moment?
My mission field has always been creative people, in particular musicians. I write a blog (www.helensandersonwhite.com) each month on various aspects of being a musician, creative and a Christian. The musician and entertainment world is a vast mission field and many Christians avoid it as they think musicians and artists should just be involved in church worship. I beg to differ. The role of an artist is to portray the world as they see it; it’s a prophetic role. Society takes it’s cues from celebrities and artists and not politicians these days. We have the power to speak hope and good into dire situations. Many musicians are broken by the industry (me included!) and finding our place and healing is tough. It’s an area ripe for God’s love and hope.
What causes or activities are you particularly passionate about and why?
In light of my life experience, I’m passionate about women’s rights not just in third world countries but here in the UK as well. Women still struggle to be recognised as valuable and of equal importance. My generation have more opportunities than my grandmother’s generation had, however I would like to see my both my children go on to have equal opportunities in life.
Thanks so much for having a cuppa with me!
Thanks for inviting me! Helen