Useful links for planning worship, broadening horizons and exploring the many worlds of sung worship.
Founded in 2008, ArtServe promotes and supports the use of all creative arts in worship, including music, dance and drama, visual arts, and creative writing.
The organisation has grown out of (and now incorporates) the former Methodist Church Music Society. ArtServe’s services include an annual conference, a twice-yearly magazine, long service awards, the Methodist Organ Advisory Service, and a website that enables members to share ideas and experiences with others. Find out more.
The General Board of Discipleship (UMC)
Based in the USA, The General Board of Discipleship is the resourcing, training and consulting agency of The United Methodist Church. Its wide-ranging website offers a wealth of suggestions and support for worship, including extensive “Lectionary planning helps”, music downloads, background articles and hymn writer biographies. Find out more.
- encourage study and research in the field of hymnody
- promote “good standards of hymn-singing”
- encourage “the discerning use of hymns in worship”
Details of events around the country (including an annual conference) – new texts – and a wealth of archived articles under the heading “80 treasures”. Find out more.
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
With an international membership (including many familiar British hymn writers), the USA/Canada Hymn Soeciety frequently sponsors “hymn searches” (competitions).
The society publishes a magazine (The Hymn), bi-annual newsletter (The Stanza) and monthly e-newsletter (The Verse). Find out more.
Methodist Insurance supports the Singing the Faith Plus website.
Methodist Insurance runs its business in a way that reflects Christian based values and returns most of its profits back to the Methodist community. Thanks to this unique relationship, the company really understands the needs of the Church and can help with your church insurance, charity insurance and community group insurance requirements. Find out more.
Methodist Prayer Handbook
The 2014/15 Methodist Prayer Handbook has been titled “Partners in Sacrifice” The editors of this latest edition of the popular resource write that it “looks at our everyday sacrifices as God’s people taken up by God into the eternal sacrifice of the Cross.”
The handbook is available from Methodist Publishing.
Methodist Publishing is not only the place to order your copy of Singing the Faith. It is also home to a host of other books and resources designed to support the life and mission of the Church. The team can be contacted by phone 0845 017 82200845 017 8220 or email (email@example.com) and the full range of resources offered by Methodist Publishing can be found online at Methodist Publishing.
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)
The RSCM is a Christian charity that supports a world-wide network of 8,500 churches, schools and individuals. It offers training in practical skills through three core programmes (Voice for Life, Church Music Skills, and a Foundation Degree in Church Music). Members benefit from a range of other services and two publications, ‘Church Music Quarterly’ and ‘Sunday by Sunday’, the RSCM’s quarterly resource for all who plan and lead worship. Find out more.
The Worship Cloud
A creative resource site, supported by The Methodist Church, full of photographs, illustrations, stories, scripts, songs, paintings and prayers, everything you need for a sermon, assembly, presentation or many other uses.
The Worship Cloud is a subscription service (different levels available). Up front payment allows free downloads as and when you need them. Find out more.