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Sung Worship When You Can't Sing (Webinar)

How can we serve our churches well when coronavirus restrictions mean we can't sing in corporate worship?


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The theme of this Leadership in Lockdown webinar is corporate worship in our churches when we can't sing.

FIEC's National Director John Stevens gives a brief update on the latest coronavirus guidance. Then Adrian Reynolds, one of FIEC's Associate National Directors, introduces three presentations on how to serve our churches in corporate worship under the current coronavirus restrictions. He is joined by musicians and church leaders:

  • Andrew McKenna, Associate Minister at Christ Church Banstead and part of the national team of Music Ministry UK;
  • Aaron Johnson, Pastor at Springwood Church, Derby (now closed);
  • Phil Moore, Director of Ministry for Youth and Music at Cornerstone Church, Nottingham.

00:00 - Bible teaching from Zephaniah 3:14-17 (John Stevens);

06:03 - Coronavirus guidance update and our response (John Stevens);

14:23 - Theological reflection on singing (Adrian Reynolds);

18:45 - One Another (Andrew McKenna);

26:05 - Music at Home (Aaron Johnson);

35:26 - Singing when you can't sing (Phil Moore);

43:21 - Q&A

  • Why can community choirs gather to sing but churches can't?
  • Can we gather as more than six in a house to record a live stream?
  • If you have a live musician but not a singer, would it be better to listen to a recording with vocals instead?
  • Is there are update on the research into singing and a revision on the following restrictions?
  • How can we improve our live stream quality?
  • Could we do open-air carol services?
  • Why should we keep a 2m distance in church even if we are wearing face coverings?
  • Can we do open-air preaching and other open-air evangelism (tracts, knocking on doors)?
  • What do local lockdown restrictions mean for pastoral visits?

Further resources

You can watch back previous webinars, and sign up for future webinars, on the Leadership in Lockdown page.

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