less than 7 weeks to “songwrite2018”

Registrations are coming in for
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2018 – a  marvellous opportunity for folk from around Australia to gather in creative community over 48 hours to craft & nourish new songs in Christian worship.

Registrations have already come in from South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, with regos anticipated from other parts of the country too.

In coming weeks, registrants will be updated with details, including local transport, program and “what to bring” information. Registrations close: 18 January 2018

A pool of support/mentor musicians is being gathered to facilitate the workshopping of new songs and local arrangements at Indooroopilly Uniting Church are being advanced.

We keenly anticipate the skilful input and encouragement of our guest presenter Tanya Riches.

For more information contact
David MacGregor
dmacgreg1@optusnet.com.au
0414392802

 

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songwrite2018 draft program now available

The exciting and varied program for songwrite2018 is now available.

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  • plenty of creative space opportunities to craft new or emerging worship songs
  • three “keynotes” facilitated by our special guest presenter Tanya Riches
  • opportunities to learn from other worship song writers
  • songwrite cafe’ on the Saturday evening
  • two days in creative, Christian community, in connection with Indooroopilly Uniting Church, Brisbane

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note:

  • this program may well change between now and January 2018 🙂
  • Facebook page
  • contact David MacGregor 0414 392 802 or dmacgreg1@optusnet.com.au for more information
  • online registration available by early September 2017

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“songwrite” … a special weekend

songwrite has come and gone at Kippax UC, Canberra this past weekend. Around 30 folk from many parts of Australia. Many having written or shared a worship song in the context of a weekend time of community before, let alone had their song turned into music score or mp3 recording.  Andrew Dutney (Rev Professor) and Robin Mann as our special guests led us brilliantly, sharing along the way so much behind the crafting of some of their songs.

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songwrite was just as much about each one of us being encouraged (and we pray, empowered) to share their songs as gift – in worship and often as a prophetic voice in their communities. Saturday night’s “open mic” time, when 16 or so of us got up and shared – and importantly, the rest of us sang along, was one of the high-points.  Another highpoint was the sense of collaboration and networking; being affirmed in our musical gifting. Our support team of coaches, techos and musos helped so much in this regard.

Kippax UC proved a marvellous venue – the hospitality of the church folk there was just amazing; great catering, so many ‘creative spaces’, hospitality, admin support. We could go on.  Thanks Kippax, and particularly Gordon, Erin, Hannah, Dean and all who worked alongside you.  it was great making the songwrite connections via your three Sunday worship services, with 6 of our new songs being shared and sung.

Really, songwrite has not really come and gone at all. Anything but! There’s a clear sense among the 30 of us, that we’d like another songwrite weekend; we’d like to explore how in an ongoing way we … and the many, many other worship songwriters out there can be supported and encouraged, and ultimately the triune God can be worshipped and served in fresh ways.

Watch this space.  songwrite 2?   I’m up for it (David).

Grace and peace,
David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk

(coordinators)

 

“songwrite” less than 6 days away

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songwrite registrations have now closed.

We are so excited at how this national Uniting Church event is shaping up, believing it will give huge encouragement and impetus to the broadening of worship songwriting and the use of these songs in the wider church.  We’re andrew dutneycoming expecting to be surprised by the creativity of the Spirit.
Andrew Dutney, Robin Mann and other gifted musicians will add so much to the flavour and learning of the weekend.
Can you believe we now have 22 songwriters coming in that capacity – and that’s not counting the 10-person guest & support team, robin_mannmany of which are acknowledged and published songwriters themselves.

Kippax Uniting Church, Canberra – from 1 pm Friday,  Please pray that this will be an event of openness, community, creativity,  affirmation support and most of all, a vessel for the movement of God.

Grace and peace,
David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk  (Coordinators)

registration form & details now online!

As promised, we now have detailed information for
15-17 February 2013
Kippax Uniting Church, Holt, Canberra, ACT.

It’s all there on the rego form, downloaded here..
Page 1 gives the key details. Page 2 provides the registration form: to be completed and mailed to the address provided.

Things are shaping up well for songwrite, with much interest being shown. This has all the promise of being a special event indeed, as new songs of worship are written for the church.

General inquiries: 
David MacGregor    dmacgreg1@optusnet.com.au   0414392802

Registration inquiries:
Sharon Kirk    downspres@bigpond.com    0427 962 781

Now for some basics:

costs:

  • a $20 non-refundable  registration fee
  • $160 to cover weekend costs – catering (all meals except breakfasts), tech & admin costs
  • those attending are requested to organize their own transport arrangements & accommodation (unless billeting is sought).

subsidies:

songwrite subsidies are available on request, by contacting
Sharon Kirk 0427 962 781   downspres@bigpond.com

Participants are also encouraged to approach their congregation/faith community/agency AND presbytery to gain financial assistance.

also invited:
songwrite will be enhanced by the involvement of a special group of coaches/mentors, thinkers, musos and tech people.  If you would like to assist songwrite in this way, please indicate on the rego form.

We look forward to our special guests:

theologian & thinker (& songwriter):
Andrew Dutney (Rev Prof)
– President: Uniting Church in Australia


songwriter-in-residence: Robin Mann

click here to download registration form & details

songwrite is a songs that unite initiative of the
Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly
Worship Working Group