Meet the Team – Richard Simpkin

Name: Richard Simpkin Role in Music Ministry Heading up the apprenticeship scheme, and organising the weekly teaching slot we do at Cornhill London Church: St Helen’s Bishopsgate, City of London How have you been involved in church music ministry over the years? I spent 5 years as a chorister at…

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Mediocrity is under-rated

I have a really good friend who would love to write a book celebrating mediocrity. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot recently as both of my boys dive back into their schools. The worlds of academia, sport and music don’t seem to put a high value on…

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Meet the team – Heather Cowan

Name: Heather Cowan Church: St Ebbes, Oxford What is your role within Music Ministry? A little bit of everything! I do mostly background things- emails, website, conference planning etc, helping the rest of the team do their thing, and then occasionally involved in some training and playing. I'm also part of the…

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Christmas Playlist – the breakdown

I'm very sorry if mentioning Christmas when it is still November is a big no no! But if you are involved with your church's music, I've no doubt Christmas has begun to be prepared for, particularly if you have choirs and whatnot! We are putting our tree up this week,…

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Meet the team – Ben Slee

Name: Ben Slee Church: Christ Church Mayfair, London What is your role within Music Ministry? I am involved in training apprentices, in writing the Dwell Richly Course, and in the team who are setting up 3:16 Music for writing and recording new music, which will become more active in the next year-…

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Music for, from and facing the church

A number of years ago, I read this helpful post by Mike Cosper, who in turn is building on the work of Harold Best. The framework they put forward has stuck with me as a useful tool to help evaluate what we are doing as Christians who make music. “What type…

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Meet the team – Andrew McKenna

Name: Andrew McKenna Church: ChristChurch Banstead Role within Music Ministry : teaching and training, and organising online resources such as blogs, and hopefully soon, podcasts. How have you been involved in church music ministry over the years? I started playing music in church as a young teenager, and pretty soon…

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| Hillsong Worship – Awake | Review

Hillsong Worship have recently released a new album named 'Awake'. It's their first studio album in a long time and it is a beauty in terms of production. Slick, interesting, emotional, and filled with musically beautiful songs. However.. lyrically, we might have some issues.

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Meet the Team – Andy Fenton

Name: Andy Fenton Role within Music Ministry? Team leader, and involved in teaching and practical training. Church: Christ Church Kensington  How have you been involved in church music ministry over the years? I've worked at 4 churches over the past 18 years, and so have been able to experience different…

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what a contradiction

I have a friend whose job title in the footer of his emails says ‘futurist’; basically he gets paid lots of money to tell technology companies what he thinks the next new thing might be. No, I’m not going there! Don’t panic, I’m not claiming to be a prophet. But…

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Leading well – a few basics

The below are answers to the 8 most common questions we get asked regarding leading and arranging songs in church . Regardless of our church size or capability, it should hopefully help us all to think them through a little, even just as a basis for how we plan our…

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autumn playlist – the breakdown

Every season we put together a mix of the songs we are listening to at the minute, some brand new and some not so much, and a combo of genres and styles. But if you’re on the hunt for something in particular, maybe you don’t want to sift through the whole playlist…

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