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Last updated 31st January 2023

Choir Church

 

What is Choir Church?

Choir Church is a model for new worshipping communities, built around children’s choirs in schools, led in partnership with local churches. It offers worship, musical excellence, and spiritual formation designed to build and grow congregations, working for social justice. While it is principally school-based, its worship is open to the wider community of parents, teachers, neighbours and friends.

 

 

Bishop Philip, Acting Bishop of Blackburn and Choir Church sponsor said, “This is a passion project for me as it’s no secret that I came to faith through the choral tradition myself. Music can lift the soul and inspire people in so many ways and we now have the opportunity to test how the choral tradition, with its grounding in sacramental worship, can be adapted to a ‘planting context’; connecting home, church and school in fresh new ways.” 

 

What happens at Choir Church?

Local school Choir Church builds a new congregation around a children’s choir based in a school, which may or may not be a church school 

Eucharist A children’s choir sings in a Eucharist which is open to all – parents, teachers, and neighbours, including a ‘planting team’ of existing worshippers 

Choral excellence Children learn a wide range of liturgical music, with the English Choral Tradition at its heart, equipping them musically for worship and life 

Social justice The congregation is built and developed using the practices of community organising, so it can work with its neighbours to act on Jesus’ command to challenge injustice

Who is Involved?

  • Choir Church Co-ordinator and Blackburn Cathedral
  • Local school and parish
  • A Choral Director

How can you Support? PASE

  • Pray
  • Act
  • Spread the Word
  • Encourage and Invite

Prayers 

Prayers for use in Choir Churches have been written and are available here.

Prayer requests for January include:

  • Pray for the Choir Churches that have started in January.
  • Pray for the Parishes as they plant these new congregations
  • Pray for the Choral Directors as they  work with the schools on growing faith and bringing new families to Jesus.

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Research

Choir Church is an innovative project that has the following focus:

The Christian choral tradition is a powerful tool for evangelism among children and their families. We want to test how the English Choral Tradition and its grounding in sacramental worship can be adapted to a planting context in the faith, home, school triangle as part of a mixed-ecology church.

Questions we are asking include:

  1. Will planting congregations in schools built around communities of children and their families increase discipleship?
  2. Does the Anglican Choral tradition retain the capacity to prepare children to participate in worship, help them to choose for Christ and lead them on a journey of discipleship?
  3. Does Choir Church provide a model to draw Central and Catholic tradition parishes into church-planting?
  4. How can the Eucharist and social action be most imaginatively employed to make new disciples for Jesus Christ?
  5. Can a sense of transcendence in worship, lifting hearts to heaven, draw the unbeliever into seeking God and believers into the fullness of the mystery of God in Christ?

During the course of the project, we will be posting our findings.

Contact Details

CHOIR CHURCH COORDINATOR – DR REBEKAH OKPOTI

CHOIRCHURCH@BLACKBURNCATHEDRAL.CO.UK

 

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