So much good music making goes on around the United Reformed Church – and in many different styles. URC Music Network is a new concept in connecting music makers, worship leaders, composers and hymnwriters to share experience, knowledge and music within the United Reformed Church.
The Rev’d Nigel Uden, Moderator of General Assembly 2018-2020, says that: ‘When it comes to worshipping God, music is amongst the things that can best inspire it.’
The URC Musicians’ Guild has existed throughout the entire life of the URC so far, but now it is time for a change, reflecting the ways in which music making, worship leading and worship styles have developed over the past few years.
URC Music Network is a platform for people to share their commitment to worship – to promote good practice, learning opportunities and to be a true network of mutual help, being a place where people can, amongst other things: discuss issues arising between worship leaders of word and music; request or offer answers to particular problems; review music, books and on-line resources; share music, songs, and hymns which have been used effectively in worship; and, offer original hymns, songs or texts for wider use.
Those interested in music can subscribe to a monthly eNewsletter, where a reflection, events and reviews are sent direct to an email inbox. A relaunched website is available (www.urcmusic.org.uk) with a number of resources suitable for music makers and worship leaders. URC Music Network can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
The Rev’d Richard Church, the URC’s Deputy General Secretary for Discipleship says that: ‘It is encouraging that URC musicians have this network with its diet of reflections and resources to support this important dimension of our service to God.’
The Rev’d Nigel Uden, remarks that: ‘With fascinating and relevant material, the new website of URC Music Network is an inspiration in itself. Surf on con moto.’
This announcement can be downloaded here.