Nottingham 2019 talks

On 28 Sept 2019 we were in cornerstone church in Nottingham for a brilliant, jam-packed day of teaching and training. We weren't able to record all of the practical seminars (some wouldn't make sense without being there anyway), but below you will find recordings of the 3 main session talks.…

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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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| 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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| 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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LMMC talks 2019

Check out below the videos and outlines of Nigel Styles in Exodus, and Matt Merker on 'Promoting a culture of congregational singing' part 1 and 2. Awesome stuff. https://youtu.be/CPI6q64B3R0 Click here for outline https://youtu.be/D9R1yH3kwuk Click here for outline https://youtu.be/DBWu5ynUfWE Click here for outline

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| CityAlight – Yet not I | Review

On the surface.. Cityalight manage to walk the line between the Getty-ish hymns style that my parents love, and a more contemporary feel that appeals to the younger generation too.  This is a great EP, uplifting, strong vocals and a good mix of upbeat and thoughtful. It covers a range…

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| Sovereign Grace – Prayers of the Saints | Review

On the surface.. The temptation is to be too gushing about this album, because it is quite possibly the best songs-for-church album I've heard in a long time.  Strong melodies, awesome words, and a really well produced album. It focusses on the ideas of endurance in hard times, dwelling on…

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Singing with the (too) cool kids

Young teens (11-14s) are a group I think can sometimes struggle with singing. They’re at the stage where they’re often incredibly self-conscious and many are desperate for approval from their peers. They may be tempted to think that singing about Jesus isn’t cool or for them. But this is such…

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Jesus shall reign

Sometimes its helpful to think a little deeper about the hymns and songs that we sing. So we asked Daniel Johnson to give us some historical and theological background to this Isaac Watts classic that has been recently adapted by the Gettys. We hope you find this interesting and helpful.…

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new songs for new year

Recently we emailed a number of music directors around the UK and asked what songs they had been teaching over the last few months in their churches. We hope the list below and the Spotify playlist will give you some inspiration in the coming weeks and months. Obviously with lists…

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