Singing the Faith plus

The Methodist Church
December 2019
 
 
Singing the Faith Plus

Introducing StF's new-look website


We’ve got there!

 

The old website has been packed up, moved, re-thought and re-ordered. Still retaining its unique StF+ identity, it has taken a new shape within the main Methodist website. More than ever - with Methodism’s Our Calling priorities at its heart - Singing the Faith Plus aims to support meaningful, creative and inclusive worship that expresses God's presence and celebrate God's love.

 

In this newsletter we share some of the changes we’ve made and offer you some starting places for exploring the new layout and features.

Worship in all its aspects

 

Singing the Faith Plus of course retains its core role of supporting and complementing the printed hymn book. All the resources you have become familiar with, such as lectionary suggestions and new hymns, are still here – and signposted, we think, more clearly.

 

At the same time, these resources are now balanced with a range of additional materials to help you plan worship in all its aspects.

 

The main menu includes two new headings, Leading Worship and Prayer in Worship. Here you can find, for example, a detailed guide to preparing for worship – ideal for someone new to the task, or for those wishing to refresh how they go about it. Creative prayer ideas draw together updated resources that may have been overlooked before but which complement our wide-ranging thoughts on Hymns as prayer.


We’ve also incorporated material that used to be held elsewhere on the Methodist website, for example Special Sundays. Now on a more comprehensive page, this resource draws together ecumenical as well as specifically Methodist Sundays and special weeks.

Clearer themes

   

We have separated out resources that focus on the liturgical year (e.g. Christmas, Pentecost) from broader themes. Currently, these include: God in Love Unites Us; Climate and Creation; Refugees and Migrants; and Remembrance.

 

Each theme is supported by hymn suggestions but also by a wide range of articles and links designed to open up the topic, be informative, and stimulate your imagination.

Searching StF+

 

The new StF+ search mechanism is far more flexible than previously, for example allowing the option of searching by number and word. Of course, as with Google or any other search engine, the more specific you can be in your search requirements, the more likely it is that you will find what you are looking for.

 

Now that StF+ is located within the Methodist website, it is also easier than before to move between our resources and related materials on other sections of the broader website. We will work hard to make useful connections between resources in order to help you make the most of the support we offer, both when planning services and when exploring themes and issues beyond the realm of Sunday worship.

And now it’s over to you. Explore the site, see what takes you where, and let us know what you’d like to see more of. After a few months of relative quiet on the old site, while we’ve been developing the new one, we’re eager to develop new resources that reflect your needs and hopes.

 

As ever, get in touch at stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

Finally, as we move ever nearer to the invitation of Christmas, all of us at Singing the Faith offer our good wishes, whatever this season holds for you. We look forward to working with you more in 2020, together exploring what Our Calling looks like in worship.
 

Laurence     

             

Laurence Wareing

   
 
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