6 – 7th May. A weekend of events focused around singing and worship in St Mary’s Church, Penzance and possibly St Ives too. Awaiting more information, but look at those palm trees!
I shall be leading a workshop for headteachers and clergy at Newtonrigg, Penrith. Its on sings for school worship and run by Carlisle Diocese. I’ll be focusing mainly on short songs which help to enable movement – the ‘coming in’ and ‘going out’ bits, prayer and praise. Resources which help children to connect and engage. […]
20 – 26th May. This week at the MacLeod Centre is led by myself and Pat Bennett, hymn writer, Wild Goose Publications author and fellow member of the Iona Community. What makes a good hymn or liturgy? Are the words and music we use in worship effective in helping people to engage with and respond […]
On 17th June I will be working with members of the North Cumbria Methodist Circuit. More information to follow.
29 June – 7th July are the dates of the General Council of the WCRC. But I shall be there for 2 weeks as a member of the worship team. People will gather from Reformed Churches from all over the world and in this significant anniversary of the Reformation, the gathering has special significance. WCRC […]
Back in Morecambe Holy Trinity in November 2016 for a Big Sing focused on Advent, Christmas & Epiphany. It was just great to be back and people came ready to put something in and get something out of it – a good way to begin anything in church! Such brilliant songs from writers such as […]
24-26th November. A residential weekend exploring the songs and worship of the Iona Community. Rydal Hall is in a beautiful part of my home county, Cumbria, just outside Ambleside. Rydal Hall Conference Centre
It has been a pleasure to work with the staff and pupils of this local primary school, introducing new songs for their assemblies and collective worship. Rachel Battersby, the Head Teachers said: We regularly use these songs now in our collective worship at Cartmel. It was incredible how easily they were retained by the children. […]
The long drive to the Northumberland Coast was well worth it. I loved singing with the young people from the Diocese at their annual ‘Staying Alive’ camp in Seahouses. The theme was on Micah 6:8 and we sang songs around that theme of Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly with God.
Northern Synod of the URC invited me to lead a Big Sing in June 2016. Jesmond Church’s lovely, spacious, redesigned sanctuary was the perfect place to sing. I’ve been at this church 3 times now and am grateful to the gifted and enthusiastic Alison Shiel, who’s the musician there.