CONFERENCE POSTPONED
Due to concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus we have decided to postpone this event until later in the year. All current registrations will be fully refunded. But please watch this space for more information.



6 June 2020

St Ebbe's Oxford, OX1 1QE
9am - 3pm

What does the Bible say about our singing and worship? How do we play our instruments in a way that helps (and not hinders) the congregation's praise? What are the key skills needed to run a biblical music ministry? How do I create a healthy culture amongst my music team?


Come and join us for a day of great Bible teaching as well as practical seminars, singing, fellowship and Q&A. Come to be equipped, challenged, resourced and excited about God's purposes for your church's music ministry. Presented by Philip Percival, Alanna Glover, Liv Chapman and others from the Emu team.

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Program
9.00am: Doors and registration open
9.30am: Main Session
10.40am: Morning Tea
11.00am: Elective 1
Church Music Masterclass*
Music for Kids and Youth
Leading a Music Team
Hymns for Today
12.15pm: Lunch
1.15pm: Elective 2
Leading from Acoustic Guitar
Piano for Church

Drums & Bass
Melody Instruments
Song Selection and Service Planning
Song Leading and Vocal Techniques
2.35pm: Final Session
3.00pm: Conference Close

Church Music Masterclass: In this session we aim to cover everything you’ll ever need to know about leading excellent singing in your church - whatever your church size or preferred style of music! We’ll look at how (as a music team) we give priority to the congregation’s voice, and how we can use any instrument and vocal combination to provide a creative and confident lead for the singing in your church. Helpful for everyone - musicians, vocalists, worship leaders, sound team, pastors. *If you have not been to a Word In Song Conference before, we highly recommend attending this seminar.

Leading a Music Team: Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of the music director, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, how to partner with the pastor, as well thinking about your own personal holiness and development.

Hymns for Today: Some of the songs we sing are hundreds of years old, but the lyrics roll of our tongues like they were written for us. In this seminar, we'll be digging into the history of a couple classics and seeing the saints who have written them, why they were inspired to write them, and how we can use them to best serve the church today.

Drums & Bass: What does it take to create a solid foundation to a rhythm section? The bass and drums are the 'engine room' of any church band. We will look at: our roles, finding a part, locking in together, time, technical skills, playing the song, groove vocabulary and more. Bring your sticks and bass!

Song Leading: 
In many ways, the song leader is the single most important person in leading great congregational singing. We will look at the biblical basis for having a song leader, but will aim to spend most of our time on the practicalities of how to lead singing well - including mic technique, what to say, how to teach new material etc., as well offering some constructive criticism to those who are happy to stand up and have a go! Helpful for singers, worship leaders, pastors.

Piano for Church: For many churches the piano is the key instrument in leading congregational singing. But often we lack the skills to turn years of lessons and exams into playing in a helpful style for church leading. We'll look at contemporary keyboard techniques and discuss how and when to leave the score behind! We'll also discuss the differences between playing on your own and in a band.

Leading from Acoustic Guitar: This session will look at how the guitar can be used most effectively in facilitating congregational singing, as part of a band but also on your own. We will look closely at use of capos, strumming rhythms, and how to play hymns on a guitar.

Song Selection and Planning a Service: Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is key to an effective word-based music ministry. However, there is so much to consider when creating services week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep our focus on what is important! In this workshop we’ll think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week. We’ll also consider how style, instrumentation, lyrical content and liturgy affect our song choices. Helpful for pastors, singers, worship leaders, songwriters.

Melody Instruments: Single-note instruments can play a vital role in the overall sound and feel of congregational music. But sometimes knowing what and where to play can be confusing. How do you fit with the other instruments in the band? What do you play when you don't have a score in front of you? We'll explore some practical techniques for self-arranging, harmonising and improvisation – no matter what your experience!

Leading a music team: Effective music ministry can’t happen without someone in charge. But many of us land in the job of music director with little experience or knowing how to take the ministry forward. This session will look at the role of the music director, how to shape a team culture, how to shape a culture of singing in the church, how to partner with the pastor, as well thinking about your own personal holiness and development.

Music for Kids and Youth: Music and singing is one of the most effective ways to teach and train our kids and young people in Bible knowledge and godliness. But often we feel under-resourced or unable to create and sustain a singing culture in our children’s and youth ministries. In this seminar, we’ll look at the why, what and how of music for kids and young people. Be prepared to get in touch with your inner-child or teenager and get ready for some 'hands-on' action as we consider singing with kids together.

 


Cancellations will incur a £5 administration fee. Sorry, no refunds will be given for cancellations within two weeks of the event.


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