Singing the Faith plus

The Methodist Church
September 2019
 
 
Singing the Faith Plus

Website progress report


Encouraging progress is continuing on the new-look Singing the Faith website. The new design and structure have been created (image left) and we are currently working to transfer over content. Like moving house, there's more stuff to re-home than one remembered!

 

We are happy with the new functions on the site. For example, there will be the option of looking up hymns simply by number – which many of you have asked for.

In the meantime, the current StF+ site remains in use and new material (such as the Marriage and Relationship worship resources, below) will be posted here until the new site is launched. Current resources, such as lectionary suggestions and materials for Creation Time (commenced 1 September) are also still available.

God in love unites us - worship resources on StF+

 

The Report of the Marriage and Relationships Task Group 2019: God in Love Unites Us was discussed extensively at the 2019 Methodist Conference and commended for study and prayerful discussion throughout the Church.

 

It is available on the Methodist Church Marriage and Relationships page.

 

To accompany the report, a study guide has been produced, together with resources designed to use in worship or for opening and closing devotions when the themes of God in love unites us are being discussed.

 

These worship resources, available on Singing the Faith Plus, complement the Report and the Guide. They reflect the content of the Report and the structure of the Guide. Each section draws out some key themes and issues from the Report, offering relevant Bible passages, hymns to explore, and a selection of prayers.

 

There are also short reflections on the Bible passages and hymns that unpack the themes a little further, offering a number of starting points for developing a sermon or other aspects of worship.

Time to study - time to be inspired

   

What is meant by “Christian art”? How can we use it effectively in worship? Following a successful first outing earlier this year, Wesley House in Cambridge is re-offering its online course “Drawing closer to God: exploring art in worship and theology”. It will run for six weeks from 20 January 2020.

 

The course is designed for anybody interested in exploring mainly contemporary art from a variety of sources, including the prestigious Methodist Modern Art Collection. It will be overseen by Sarah Middleton, a Methodist Local Preacher and member of the Collection’s Management Committee.

 

Find out more about the course on the Wesley House website and book your place.

 

Also coming up, the 2019 Music Day of the United Reformed Church Music Network: Music for our Well-Being. Many of us are involved with Methodist-URC partnerships around the UK. Even if we’re not, we are invited to this event, taking place this year in North London.

 

The day has been planned around the healing and inspiring qualities of music in worship – featuring a Quaker perspective on music, and the use of music for supporting people living with dementia. Book your place on the Music Network website.

New owners for Calamus licence

 

The Calamus licence has been acquired from Decani Music by the online licensing service, One License. Hymns covered by Calumus include ones copyrighted to The Iona Community and the Taize Community, as well as many hymns drawn from Catholic traditions. It covers much music not covered by CCLI.

 

This new service for Calumus customers came into operation on 1 July this year. At the same time, One License appointed Hymns Ancient & Modern as its UK, Ireland, and continental Europe agent. For more information, go to the One License website.

Thank you for your continuing engagement with StF+, which we value. You can get in touch with me by emailing stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk.

 

With good wishes from all of us at Singing the Faith.
 

Laurence     

            

Laurence Wareing

   
 
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