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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| Matt Boswell and Matt Papa – His mercy is more | Review

On the surface.. These two men have written some (underated IMO) crackers over the last few years. Some you may be aware of like ‘His mercy is More’ and ‘Christ the sure and steady anchor’, others maybe not so much. This album redoes some of the best, in new arrangements,…

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summer playtlist – 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…

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A day in the life of an apprentice

I recently learned from my boss that I got my place on the Music Apprenticeship Scheme on the strength of being able to tune a guitar successfully. What he didn’t know of course, was that was about as far as my guitar skills extended. Thankfully however over the course of…

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| Choosing Songs for Sunday 3| Introducing New Songs

This is the final part in a series of posts looking at the task of choosing songs for Sunday services. The aim in this series has been to provide a model for music leaders, pastors and others involved in selecting the songs you sing. In part one, Clarifying the Task, we…

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| choosing songs for Sunday 2 | working week to week

This is the second in a short series of posts looking at the task of choosing songs for Sunday services. The aim in this series is to provide a model for music leaders, pastors and others involved in selecting the songs you sing. In part one, we saw how singing is…

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