Creation Liturgy

Watch this short clip of the open air Creation Liturgy.  Creation Liturgy Celebrating Creation and deepening our commitment to care for it was the theme of this liturgy in the open air in Cornwall, with the Penlee Cluster of Anglican Churches in the Penzance area.  We used the liturgy from the new Iona Abbey Worship Book […]

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Singing the Season

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 […]

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Cartmel Primary School

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.  […]

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Youth Gathering at Seahouses

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.

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Big Sing in Newcastle

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.

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Psalms workshop for Elders’ Training Day

In April 2016 I was invited by Duns Presbytery (in the Scottish Borders) to lead a workshop of Psalm singing.  A good number gathered and we used the singing as a way into reflecting on the range of the themes of the Psalms and how we can use them in worship and pastorally.  Great participation from […]

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Celebrating 70 years of Christian Aid

Wigan Baptist Church were the hosts of this superb celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Christian Aid in October 2015.  I led an afternoon workshop on songs focused on relevant themes such as justice as well as songs from around the world.  We then pulled together much of what we’d learned into a powerful service […]

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Lincoln Cathedral – Diocesan Event

It was a joy to work with fellow Iona Community members John Bell and Jane Bentley in Lincoln Cathedral in September. The gathering was a day run by the Diocese: SAINTS IN EVERY GENERATION. A day to inspire and equip people. I ran workshops on singing with limited resources, aimed at small congregations. In an […]

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Greenbelt 2015

The team from the Iona Community had a great Greenbelt. We packed out the tent at the workshop, the wee sing and all three liturgies. Thanks to all who came and endured the squashed conditions in The Shelter, we managed to reflect and pray and sing so well together in spite of it! Our collaboration with […]

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A day on Lindisfarne – with the Psalms

Psalms as Soul Food – a precious day on Lindisfarne reflecting on the impact the Psalms can have on our lives. We did this mostly by singing them, rather than talking about them, although we did also use the psalms in praying for ourselves and the world using the themes of light, longing, loss, burdens, […]

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