Music is a key element and plays an important role within Christ Church – not only as a vehicle for worship but also within the wider community.
As part of our worship we are reminded by Paul who said in Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
There is an expectation here of variety in music style and genre. Christ Church aims to encompass the sentiments of this in its choice of hymns – both traditional and contemporary – and worship songs. Our aim is to see a blend of both, accompanied by organ and piano either together or when appropriate, separately. As James White wrote in ‘Introduction to Christian Worship’:
The chief function of church music (sacred or liturgical) is to add a deeper dimension of involvement in worship… Sometimes one has to experience the absence of music in a familiar service to realise how greatly music enhances full participation.
We were made to enjoy God and life. Real enjoyment of life expresses worship to God – we see God in everything, all circumstances and situations.
Another area that Christ Church considers important is involvement in our community across West Wight. Once again music is a key element here as part of our reaching out into the wider community.
We have produced a number of musicals drawing together folk from across West Wight to form a community choir. Members may not be church goers or musicians but have a heart to sing and make music. The musicals are ‘home grown’ and have a Biblical basis either in story or moral ethics. Our latest project was to reach out and draw together a children’s choir from our five local primary schools to work alongside the adult community choir. As part of this production our aim was to raise funds for our local Sports and Community Centre here in Freshwater – a much needed facility that does so much great work within the West Wight area. This was well supported by the local community and we are looking forward to our next production. It is so good to see all ages working together for the good of our community.
Music as a vehicle for worship, has the ability to transform us as individuals and as a community. We belong to God and to each other and through our worship we become the people God wants us to be. As Church House Publishing says in its publication ‘Worship Changes Lives’:
Relationships take time, space and energy to flourish. It’s no different with worship – we need to learn how to worship, to grow in our relationship with God, and not just go with the flow, because the flow can ebb away.
For more information about our choir, contact our Music Director Richard Britton. Use the CONTACT US page and we’ll pass the message on!
See also Concert and Organ Recitals.