Singing in the Terraces

How to improve your congregational singing while we can't sing When trying to encourage our congregations to sing, we will sometimes reach for illustrations and examples from the few other places where people are comfortable singing nice and loudly in a crowd of people. These normally include watching your favourite…

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before DURING after

Last time we looked at BEFORE, this week DURING, or what I like to call:  ‘the privileged, joy-filled, sweat fest of musical averageness, singing with church family, who love me and love Jesus even more’ Me, leading at the Bristol Men's Convention on Saturday - very averagely! ——————————————————————— When you…

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BEFORE – DURING – AFTER

Some of this material comes from a recent conference in Bristol, so apologies if you heard it there, but over the next few weeks we are going to examine some general principles when leading the music at your church. Whether you are the main ‘leader’, or play an instrument, or…

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What Happens when we worship | Book review

During the Q&A time at our recent conference, ‘Together’, one of our speakers recommended a book called ‘What happens when we worship’ by Jonathan Landry Cruse,, as a helpful follow up from some of the content of the talks . Should you read it?  SUMMARY  It has 15 chapters, 196…

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Matt Merker – Corporate Worship | Review

If there's one book on gathering, worship and singing that I could give to everyone on our music team, it's Corporate Worship by Matt Merker. In fact, I will be as we relaunch into the new normal following the lifting of restrictions, and I'd love to see my whole congregation reading it,…

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Joyful Noise – Come People of God | review |

Joyful Noise are a fresh collaboration of songwriters that have come together around a passion for Jesus, music and God’s family, the church. Despite the challenges of lockdown, they have managed to record and release a strong debut EP, full of helpful, singable songs for congregations. If this first contribution is anything…

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Home for Christmas | Review

It looks like many UK churches are going to be able to put on something in person over Christmas. But there’s a key question we need to be asking. Who will come?   Back in August, cinemas hosted the new Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet. It was well trailed and heavily marketed.…

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Doxecology Album Review

Overview Doxecology is a new album released by Resound Worship. It features 13 new songs, written collaboratively, on the themes of creation, ecology, and Christian hope. While there are many great things about the album, which I will come to, I’ll begin by letting you know that this is possibly…

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Singing to One Another while under Restrictions

I was invited to take part in a webinar for church leaders organised by the FIEC, where we discussed the challenges of singing together when we can't sing together as churches. You can watch the whole video below: https://youtu.be/f-iTr7xdvdQ My short section (18:45 onwards) attempted to answer the question of…

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It ain’t over ’til the congregation sings

This past Sunday our church had live singers singing in front of a congregation for the first time in over 5 months. A good number of churches in the UK are now able to meet for in-person services. Some are preparing to do so soon, and others are having to…

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