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This Month's Featured Idea
March 2014: Adult Choral
Ann S. Ables, Adult Choral Interest Area Chair, Houston, TX
Making connections in adult choirs
Connections are important in any group, and choirs connect in many ways: to each other, to the church, to our music, and most importantly to God. Here are five ways my Chancel Choir stays connected.
As folks arrive at rehearsal, a team of two choir greeters welcomes each person. (They are called the Altissimos because they offer the "most hi's" every week. Corny, but it works.) They stand at the door and give a smile along with new music, making sure every singer is connected from the moment they arrive.
I send out two weekly emails: a "Monday Musical Moment" and a "Thursday Chancel Cyber-Choir News." The Monday message is a devotional thought based on the next Sunday's anthem. It helps them prepare their hearts, and connect to the meaning of the music. Thursday's email is a recap of the previous night's announcements, joys, concerns and choir reminders.
When our youth choir goes on tour, each person has a Chancel Choir prayer partner. The adult prepares three cards the youth will receive while away, and they pray specifically for them. And each year, we help with our big children's choirs kick-off and other programs. In these ways, we are connecting with the younger singers in our church. I always say: "If we do this right, they will grow up to be us!"
Food and fellowship are a big part of Methodism and our choir is no exception. The last Wednesday of each month, volunteers bring refreshments and singers hang around after rehearsal to visit. They learn about each other and create new connections.
Each week, we end rehearsal with a volunteer offering a devotional, followed by us singing our closing chorus. It reminds us of our connection to Christ, and why we do what we do.