What does the Bible tell us about our worship and singing? And how do we best lead our churches in singing the praise of Jesus? Keswick Ministries, in partnership with Emu Music, will be running the Word in Song Conference in Keswick.

Join us for two days of refreshment, teaching and practical training for church musicians and pastors. Each day will include hearing from the Bible about God’s plan for singing within the church, sessions to personally encourage you in this unique (and not uncomplicated!) ministry, plus practical workshops for song leaders, instrumentalists, songwriters and pastors.

Register here!

VenueRawnsley Hall, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick, CA12 5NP

Friday Day:
10.00am: Doors and registration open
10.30am: Main Session 1 
11.30am: Break
11.45am: Church Music Masterclass 
1.00pm: Lunch (BYO)
2.00pm: Reflection & Application
3.15pm: Close

Friday Afternoon and Evening:
4.30pm-6.00pm: Optional Workshops
(Songwriting, Band Workshop)  
8pm-9.30pm: A Night In With Emu
(An acoustic concert featuring Liv and Philip)

9.00am: Doors open
9.30am: Main Session 2
10.30am: Break
10.45am: Seminars
(Vocal Leading, Piano for Church, Ministry of Sound, What Songs Should We Sing?)

12.15pm: Lunch
1.15pm: Seminars 
(Leading from Guitar, Drums & BassLeading a Music Team)
2.45pm: Q&A and final session
3.30pm: Close

The cost for the conference will be £60 per person (this includes the Friday concert).
This does not include accommodation. There is some accommodation at the Convention Centre which is available on a first come first served basis at an additional cost. If you would be interested in making use of the Convention Centre accommodation please contact Carolyn South at carolyn.south@keswickministries.org to discuss cost and availability.

Tickets are available through Keswick's website here

Seminar Descriptions
Vocal Leading: Many consider the song leader to be 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!

The Ministry of Sound: The single most important tools of the musician and sound operator are their ears. This session is about training your ears, and the practical implications of the church being called to hear God’s word: spoken and sung. We will consider volume, balance, the critical mass of a space, how we play for different sized congregations, how to self-mix, ambient sound, and the complexity of relationships between musicians, sound guys and congregation.

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.

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. 

Leading from 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.

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.

What Songs Should We Sing? Choosing songs thoughtfully and intentionally is a bit of a lost art. There is so much to consider when picking songs week in and week out - and it can be hard to keep it all in mind! In this session, we will think about how to create a well-rounded repertoire of songs for our church service and talk through all the factors we need to consider when choosing from this list each week.  

Optional Workshops:
Songwriting: What makes a good congregational song? We'll explore how to write lyrics that are true, poetic and relevant, and what musical issues are important in writing a corporate song. We'll then have time to break into smaller groups and give it a go!

Band Workshop: It's time to take what we've been learning all day and put it into practice! This workshop will be spent in mixed groups playing through classic church songs while some of the Emu team support and give feedback. Come with your instruments and a teachable spirit!