One of the main themes that came out of our Vision Project was a concern for our organ. Another theme that arose was the possibility to use music and the organ as a form of outreach to the community. We have decided to bring these two ideas together and have a Music for All group. Over the next few weeks and months we will form a group that will teach music in many forms to the community. The idea is to bring people together to learn instruments and to sing together.
Currently every Thursday morning Art for All meet in church. Using this model of socialising and teaching we have already interested a few local music teachers to come and help us. We plan to teach the next generation to use our organ and for others to learn other instruments and to sing together. The funds raised will be split 50/50 between the organ fund and church.
Raising these funds it is hoped that this year we will be able to have the interior of the organ professionally cleaned and then move on to replace the blowers. Bit by bit we will rebuild the organ while it remains in church. Originally the previous company wanted to remove the organ for up to 18 months and repair it all in one go, costing £120,000. Rebuilding the organ bit by bit will enable us to continue to use the instrument and reduces the overall cost. Music for All will also enable us to use the organ and the church building for outreach in the community.
This June we will hold a month of inspiration. This year the festival of Pentecost or Whitsunday is in June. Pentecost is where we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the word inspiration means being inspired by the Holy Spirit. In June we will hold a series of events such as an Art Exhibition, where Art for All and other groups and individuals will display their work in church. We could even hold evenings celebrating poetry and music.
Our organ is an asset to the church and should be used to inspire us all, both in church services and in the community. Using the organ in the community outreach like all our groups will bring us together and show the best of our church family. So over the next few weeks and months look out for more news about the month of Inspiration and Music for All and pray that our efforts will be successful.