Worship in the broadest sense is an essential aspect of the life of any church; and, in Newmarket’s All Saints church, musical worship is a significant part of the character and focus of our services.
The music is led by a small group of singers and musicians who are committed to offering worship that is:
The style of our musical worship is varied: we use hymns and songs from well-known traditional writers such as John Wesley whose rich and beautiful words have been sung for hundreds of years; through to hymns and songs that have been written right up to the present day - drawing on the many contemporary writers such as Stuart Townend and Matt Redman, as well as hymns that come from the centuries in between.
Whatever the music, we aim for it to be relevant to today’s congregation without losing the richness of our musical heritage; we believe that this balance better enables our congregation to enter into worship.
Just as we have services with different styles, the musical style has a varying emphasis to complement each particular form of service: so there will be more traditional hymns in the family communion services that take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, and more of the contemporary songs in the Morning Praise on the 3rd and 4th Sundays. But all of the services will draw on the music of any age or style that is best suited to a particular need.
The majority of our congregation appreciate each of the different styles of service; and that this variety is something that encourages the rich tapestry of people from differing traditions and backgrounds that make up our wonderfully diverse congregation.
The worship team practice each week, usually on a Wednesday evening. Most instruments could be used to enhance the music in one or more of the different services and we are always looking to enrich our musical offering with additional musicians.
Equally important, but less visible, members of our worship team are our sound engineers who mix the sound of the singers and musicians to ensure that there is a good balance in the music and that volume is sufficient but not excessive.
If you feel that you might be able to contribute to the worship team either by singing or playing and instrument then contact or speak to Beckie Offley about it, and about how much commitment you could make.
If you feel you might contribute to the technical side of the music then you might consider speaking to one of our sound technicians - Phil Smith, Paul Stannard or Richard Hey.