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Music as Ministry

It is said that music is the universal language, transcending boundaries and bringing people together.

 

Our congregation is passionate about music. We recognize that people who create, perform and teach music have very special gifts. But we also recognize that part of the universal appeal of music is that anyone can enjoy music – by listening to music performed by others and by joining in song (regardless of musical talent!). In these ways, music can awaken and inspire our hearts.

 

sing joyful songs… 1 Chronicles 15:16 TNIV

 

Music is a distinct part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s cultural fabric. St. John’s has a vibrant music community, with many not-for-profit, community-based music groups clearly demonstrating the power of music to bring people together.

 

We believe that we can use music to extend and expand our Christian ministries. We will use our passion, our gifts and our facilities to create outlets and opportunities for people to learn and share the gift of music.

 

We will continue to invest in and expand our own choral programs, placing an emphasis on active participation and fellowship, especially amongst the children. We will also transform our facilities into a community centre for musical performance and instruction.

 

Our sanctuary has physical and acoustical attributes which make it a great venue for concerts when not being used for worship or sacraments. As we expand our concert programs in the future, we will bring thousands of people with diverse interests and backgrounds to our church. Many of these people may not have a church home in St. John’s or may not be active in a particular church. During the concerts, we can inform patrons about our Christian ministries and invite them back for worship and fellowship.

 

The rest of the church building is also currently underutilized and will be adapted for music instruction for children and youth, with a particular emphasis on those who may not otherwise be able to afford such instruction. These music instruction programs will also expose more children and their families to our Christian ministries.

 

If music be the food of life, play on. Shakespeare

 

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