Singing the Faith plus

The Methodist Church
February 2018
Singing the Faith Plus

Lent reflections


With Lent just a short way off (Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day on 14 February this year), we’ve updated our resources on Singing the Faith Plus. Lent in worship and reflection 2018 is a great place to start, with links to a number of resources produced by partner organisations, as well as to our own thoughts about Ash Wednesday and Lent in Other Places.


We’re delighted that this year’s Easter Offering Service, produced by Methodist Women in Britain, feature’s Andrew Pratt’s hymn, What peace for tarnished lives, published on StF+. It provides an interesting reflection on the service theme: Seek Peace and Pursue It.


Don’t forget, also, that our suggestions for hymns relating to lectionary readings are now available up to and including Easter Day, this year with some helpful additional notes form the Revd Phillip Poyner.

John Bell interview


In our occasional What Others are Saying series of posts, we've added an archive interview with popular hymn writer and worship energizer John Bell.


Archived from the March 1993 issue of Reformed Worship, the interview (titled For Whom the Bell Toils) reveals a good deal about what drew John to writing hymns and what his priorities are.

Do you write hymns?


A big thank you to those of you who have submitted hymns over the past few months for possible inclusion on Singing the Faith Plus. We are working through these (there are quite a lot!), so don’t worry if you’ve not heard back yet.


In the meantime, there are two hymn submission opportunities from the other side of the pond that may interest you. You can find all the details on our Hymn Competitions page. From the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, a search for a new “short form” hymn to reflect the theme of the society’s 2018 conference: Sacred Song and the Public Square. And our sister denomination, the United Methodist Church, is asking for submissions for its planned new 2020 hymnal.

Piano accompaniment CDs



Our bespoke Piano Accompaniment CDs have proved popular with many congregations, for whom “live” music is not always an option. All hymns and songs are played with a feeling for the words and give singers space to breathe. Where there are alternative tunes, these are played in the sequence printed in the hymn book, eliminating the need to search for tunes or tailor a tune to a different number of verses.


The complete set of 33 CDs, including a single CD comprising midi files is available from Methodist Publishing for £132.00 (incl. VAT) plus £6.00 p&p.

You can get in touch with me by emailing, using the feedback page of the website.


With good wishes as we enter the season of Lent and begin again the journey towards Easter hope.



Laurence Wareing

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