Short Guide No 27: Hymns and Ministry to Those with Dementia

Ministering to people who have reached that stage of life when ‘mind and memory flee’ presents serious challenges which cannot be ignored. This short paper draws on the author’s experiences as a part-time Chaplain to a local hospital in which worship amongst geriatric patients (many of whom suffered from dementia) was conducted regularly (but informally) by clergy and volunteers from …

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.65: Summer 2015

Secretary’s Newsletter 65 Summer 2015

The Secretary’s Newsletter: No.65: Summer 2015 From the Secretary: Revd Robert A. Canham Windrush Braithwaite KESWICK CA12 5SZ Email: Please see the Contact page Cambridge 2015 International Hymn Conference The International Conference is now little more than days away. A few facts and figures: about 170 people are coming with 46 people from the Inter-nationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Hymnologie (IAH), 42 …

Short Guide No 10: What are the Pastoral Considerations when Using Hymns?

The pastoral use of hymns covers both the occasional offices of the church – baptism, weddings and funerals – but also those relating to healing and healing services. It is also necessary to examine the pastoral impact of hymns in ordinary and seasonal acts of worship. Here are some principles which may be applied in various contexts. General pastoral criteria …

Short Guide No 8: How Can We Use the Psalms in Worship?

The Psalter is Scripture’s own hymn book; its contents speak to a vast range of human emotions and experiences. Therefore they should not be ignored. Traditionally the psalms have held an honoured place in Christian worship, but there is no universal agreement within the church as to how best or how often they should be used. Different denominations, different approaches …

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging by Graham Deans: An article from Bulletins 220 & 221 Summer & Autumn 1999 (This article is condensed from part of the dissertation presented by Mr Deans in November 1998 for his M.Th. degree at Westminster College, Oxford. The original title was ‘Hymnody and Belonging: an Examination of Effective Uses of Christian Hymns in …