John Crothers News

Executive Committee member, John Crothers, on French radio, recording the annual programme that introduces French-speaking listeners to English-language Christmas hymns and carols. The programme, ‘Magazine anglican’, is beamed to the US and Canada via the Episcopal network, as well as to Francophone countries around the world, including much of Africa. It can be listened in to on Christmas Eve at …

New look website launched

We have just launched our new look website that incorporates our Facebook and Twitter feeds (see panel on the right) to coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. As you will see, there are sections for the Secretary’s Newsletters, the past Treasures from the Bulletin and Short Guides that can be printed out …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.70: Autumn 2016

Secretary’s Newsletter 70 Autumn 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.70: Autumn 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast Extract from the first entry in the Minute Book of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland: ‘A Conference of those interested in the Study of Hymnody was held in …

Our 80th Anniversary Radio Broadcast

Extract from the first entry in the Minute Book of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland: ‘A Conference of those interested in the Study of Hymnody was held in Room A of Westminster Central Hall on Monday October 5th 1936 to consider the question of forming a Society for that purpose…Rev. Canon G. W. Briggs, Worcester, was called …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.69: Summer 2016

Secretary’s Newsletter 69 Summer 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.69: Summer 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship The third aim of The Hymn Society is ‘Encouraging the discerning use of hymns and songs in worship’. Sunday Morning Worship a few weeks’ ago (19th June) came from the chapel …

Short Guide No 25: Ordination and Commissioning Hymns

Ordinations and commissioning services happen in a variety of contexts, and are a cause of great celebration and spiritual power. Liturgies and traditions notwith-standing, the singing of hymns on these occasions plays a crucial role, and their selection is, therefore, not to be undertaken lightly. Contexts Approaches taken towards the discernment, vocation and formal commencement of a person’s authorised ministry …

Short Guide No 24: Confirmation Hymns

‘Confirmation’ covers various approaches to Christian initiation and commitment. When adults make a commitment and are received into membership of the church, the act of worship surrounding it can be a celebratory, evangelistic, sacramental expression of unity, and the hymns have a vital role to play in the blend of joy, hope and affirmation that a Confirmation should be. Adult …

Short Guide No 23: Baptism Hymns

Baptism can occur in different contexts and at different stages in life, yet the fundamental spiritual and ecclesiological purpose and outcome of such initiation is the same. Nevertheless, each context and understanding of baptism demands its own approach if they are going to be not only welcoming celebrations of commitment but opportunities to preach and sing the faith of Christ …

Short Guide No 22: Funeral Hymns

Christian funerals take place either in a church or at a crematorium or cemetery chapel. While the circumstances are different the issues surrounding the picking of hymns are similar. Hymn singing at funerals is in decline, so even greater care needs to be taken in using hymns to enhance the hope of a funeral, rather than increase the discomfort. The …

Short Guide No 21: Wedding Hymns

Many couples still choose to marry in church, yet the combined impact of more choice and the increasing lack of prior knowledge of hymnody has made it increasingly more difficult to accommodate their needs and desires with Christian integrity and wisdom. Tunes are the key to wedding hymns. The current state of affairs Notwithstanding the decline in the number of …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.68: Spring 2016

Secretary’s Newsletter 68 Spring 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.68: Spring 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page Please see below for important information about Risk Assessment, Investments and Reserves and the Structure and Future of the Executive. ******* Annual Conference, St Andrews, Fife Bookings are coming in well for this year’s Conference which …

Short Guide No 20: Using Short Songs in Worship

The New Testament encourages believers to sing ‘Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’, suggesting the Body of Christ needs a range of sung material. As well as hymns, the imaginative use of short songs of various kinds can enrich worship; this paper explores the repertoire of shorter songs and suggests ways of incorporating them into services. Chorus is the name which …

Secretary’s Newsletter 67 Winter 2016

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.67: Winter 2016 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page Annual Conference, St Andrews, Fife This year’s Conference is being held from Tuesday, 26th July to Thursday, 28th July 2016. The international flavour of last year’s Conference is to some extent being sustained with lecture contributions …