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’[1] 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 …

Secretary’s Newsletter 65 Summer 2015

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 from The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (HSUSC), and 83 of our own members; a pleasing array from 17 different nations. Some are members of more …

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. Initially it is …

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. Opinions expressed in this …

Treasure No 65: Hymnody and Belonging

[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 Ministry to the Confused Elderly’. However, the present article is of more general import, as is a companion article on …