Extravagant Hospitality Through Music

The United Church of Christ boldly proclaims that “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.”  Music that is invitational has a powerful potential of reaching many people from diverse age groups, musical abilities and theological perspectives.  This topic may be divided into two workshops: 

1. MUSIC AS EVANGELISM:  Reaching out to those who are disenfranchised or not familiar with the Church and 

2. MUSIC FOR EVERYONE IN WORSHIP:  Creating vibrant musical experiences for all ages and people from diverse backgrounds.  

Music as Evangelism We will explore numerous ways to reach out to people in your community through music including drum circles, Bible School, after school programs for children and youth, coffee houses, open microphone forums, and the use of musical groups in public places (parks, clubs, restaurants, sidewalk, etc).

Music for Everyone in Worship
We will look at simple and creative ways to include many people in the music making process of worship.  We will displace the myth that music in Church is only for the choir, soloists or trained musicians.  Emphasis will be placed on how to invite children, the elderly or other-abled persons to make music. Simple techniques will be taught on how to use songs that invite everyone into worship.  We will also develop simple ways of using instruments that are easy to learn such as such as rain sticks, windchimes, djembe drums, handbells and handchimes, with various rhythm instruments.