Christmas and Advent Resources

It is a busy time of year for those of us involved in worship planning!  But we're here to help with a bunch of ideas, music and visuals to add a fresh creative touch to your services and celebrations.  First place to start is using our Theme search to look at Advent and Christmas themed material. Christmas Songs

This songwriting group which Sam is involved in has recently released a CD of all its Christmas material.  Beautifully arranged and produced without a jingle bell or a rocked-up carol in sight!  You can buy the CD from the site, and get chord charts, choir arrangements, orchestral scores etc.  We are also helping to produce a lyric video for every song.  

"What Kind of Throne" has been used by hundreds of churches all over the world, and for the new recording we've created a lyric video, a PowerPoint and a background loop.  These are all free and available here.

"You Bring Peace" is one of the more involved videos, and includes an encouragement to places or people that need God's peace.  We realised that this could work really well in a Remembrance Sunday service, or as a time of prayer and reflection during a Christmas Carol service.  So we've made the video and a PowerPoint available for download here

Advent Journal

Our Family Creative Journal for Advent and Christmas has been selling like hot cakes!  People have been buying with the bulk discount in order to distribute to families in their church or community.  We've also released pdf downloads of most of the pages, so you could print out a limited amount of individual pages.  We're now hard at work on a follow up for Lent, so watch this space. 

Recent news updates:

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Posted: 06 Oct 2014 09:02

We're really excited about our 'Engage with God' Family Advent Creative Journal!  It aims to help all the family engage with the themes of Advent and Christmas through creative ideas and interactive worship. It was sent to some experts in family ministry, and we've had some great feedback including this from Martin Saunders (Youthscape, former editor of Childrenswork mag): "I love this idea - a practical way for families to explore and deepen faith together.  Clever ideas, engaging design - and some genuine depth.  I've never seen anything like it!"    We're doing a fantastic bargain-deal for buying in bulk, so do check...

Posted: 08 Sep 2014 10:27

We've just returned from teaching at the first week-long Albanian School of Worship.  This was brilliantly organised by Beni and Irma Xhako, and was a real joy to be part of!  We had the privilege of working with over 20 students, ages ranging between 16-45.  We taught a range of material, including stuff from our book How Would Jesus Lead Worship, Bible-based subjects we would usually do at a church training day, plus practical things such as guitar and voice sessions, band rehearsal skills and songwriting. We've written some reflections which you can read here, based on our experiences and thoughts.  Here we...

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 10:45

London School of Theology, where Sam works has programme leader of the Theology & Worship course, has been busy!  He's just finished writing a module on Issues in Contemporary Christian Worship for the new MA in Integrative Theology, with options in Music & the Arts, and Christian Worship Studies. The LST Choir has just released a single called Voice (video below, single available from iTunes and other digital outlets).  In the Autumn they will be releasing an accompanying set of interviews and study notes, so do look out for this! LST is also hosting two amazing conferences relating to music and songs...

Posted: 09 Jun 2014 10:24

We're looking forward to putting on a gig at The Greenhouse, Luton on 21st June, to raise money for our trip to Albania.  We'll be going over in September to teach at a pioneering worship conference - for more info look here. The evening will feature Sara and Sam playing their acoustic performance stuff (Soundcloud demos here), plus some covers, and support and collaborations from our friends George Barnicote, Tom Green and Richard Morgan.  The vibe will be chilled-out acoustic and it will be a great evening.  Get tickets here. On Sunday 8th Sam completed the St Albans half marathon to raise...

Posted: 19 May 2014 10:00

We had a blast at #YWS14 this past weekend.  There was such a great range of speakers, and we were encouraged to offer broad, creative worship with the engageband plus six London School of Theology Music and Worship students. All the talks went immediately on the YWS website, so if you missed it go and have a look!  In case you were wondering, here are the songs and resources we used: We began with a simple version of 'Open the eyes of my heart' (shifting just from E to Bm, harmony geeks), and interspersed with this 'Open Up' prayer...

Engage With God DVD
Reflections from Albanian Worship School
We've just returned from a week teaching at the first Albanian worship school.  There are more pictures, video and information on this news page, but here I wanted to reflect...
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