New Hymn Book

The Methodist Church
November 2012
Singing the Faith Plus
The Methodist Church
Laurence Wareing

Welcome to the StF+ News November 2012 update

Hymn writer Brian Wren concludes his informative and prayerful survey of hymns since the 1960s (Hymns for Today) with a selection of texts that he entitles simply: “Treasure”.

We hope you will think much the same about the new material we’ve been posting on Singing the Faith Plus.

Also below, the latest news about the Braille edition of Singing the Faith, and the CD accompaniments.

Laurence Wareing

Dove and Globe

New hymns to explore

The newest additions to the all-round Christmas stocking that we call Latest Hymns include Barbara Honeyball’s searching but hopeful Carol of Peace, Alan Hinton’s Light out of darkness (an excellent and accessible response to the first chapter of the Gospel of John) and Andrew Murphy’s re-wording of the perennial Christmas favourite, Winter Wonderland.



Remembrance hymns and queries

As well as an overview of hymns suitable for Remembrance Day/Sunday in Singing the Faith (Remembering conflict – singing for peace), we’ve added two new texts by Gareth Hill and Andrew Pratt, and an article that reflects the varying viewpoints that arise around this annual event (Hymns and war – conflicting views).


Christmas is coming

As if you’d forgotten! But don’t forget that, as well as lectionary suggestions now available for all of December and our overview of candle-lighting hymns, we’ve also updated our Advent and Christmas resource notes and added an off-beat reflection on In the bleak midwinter by Methodist dog walker Peter Thurston.


Backing track cds

CDs on the way

Recording of the CD piano accompaniments is still in progress, with every effort being made to make this as user-friendly a product as possible. Publication of the 40-CD set is scheduled for publication in spring 2013 and is expected to sell at a highly competitive price of £132.00 (incl. VAT) plus £6.00 p&p.


Braille edition pressing ahead


Two separate Braille projects are making good progress at Torch Trust. Firstly, the transcription of the entire collection is partly completed. When finished, Torch Trust will be able to produce the complete set of Singing the Faith words in a Braille edition. This will only be produced to order to avoid wastage. Cost is still to be finalised but will be kept as low as possible.

Secondly, Torch Trust will be able to supply individual hymns as Braille-coded files for embossing locally. This service will require users to copy and paste words from the electronic Words edition of Singing the Faith to the Torch Trust website; a file will then be returned, automatically encoded, so that users can take the file to a local embosser for the production of an embossed sheet for that hymn. The file will also work in portable Braille devices. Details of this service are to be finalised, but if you would like to test the service, you can contact Torch Trust for further information. The contact is:

Paul Wood, Technical Services Leader
Torch Trust
Tel: +44(0)1858 438260
Fax: +44(0)1858 438275


Guitar player composing musicGuitar players

A number of new hymns on the site are particularly suitable for guitar and praise band accompaniment, including Rob Newton’s deeply personal I cannot speak your name. We’ve also added background notes and links for our current “Featured Hymn”, My soul finds rest in God by Aaron Keyes and Stuart Townend.



And finally...

Maybe you'd like to add your response to the question: Is singing on the way out?

Our very good wishes to you from all at Singing the Faith for this period of remembering, preparing and celebrating.

Laurence Wareing (Editor, Singing the Faith Plus)

You can get in touch with me by emailing, using the feedback page of the website, or posting your thoughts to “Editor, Singing the Faith Plus” at Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.


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