just about ready to go … songwrite2018

songwrite_words 2018 begins in less than 24 hours – at 2 pm at
IUC outsideIndooroopilly Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia – drawing creative folk from four states of Australia.

Here’s what the program looks like:

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We look forward to God’s creative hand among us, as songs are written, honed and shared together, including with the local Indooroopilly Uniting Church community this Songwriter composing a songSunday, 28 January.

songwrite2018 is a national UCA Assembly initiative through the Assembly Worship Working Group, building on previous national events in Canberra (2013) and Adelaide (2015)

David MacGregor
David Busch – coordinators



less than 7 weeks to “songwrite2018”

Registrations are coming in for
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


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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  • 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’ two days away!

paint_music_word2Two days to go and 32+ folk from across Australia descending on Kippax  UC, Canberra for a great weekend of congregational songwriting, community, worship and reflection!

Pray that this will be a very special weekend, for the sake of God’s reign and for the life of our worshipping communities.

David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk

“songwrite” less than 6 days away


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)

“songwrite” regos close tomorrow. Don’t miss out!

songwrite_purpleBGHi everyone.
We’re getting close … just over two weeks to songwriteand registrations close tomorrow. Yes; you’ve read this correctly. Thursday 31 January is the deadlinesongwrite happens from 15-17 February.

CLICK HERE for registration details – send rego form back pronto and you’ll be joining a special group of songwriters, mentors, thinkers, techos and other support folk from many parts of Australia for what’s shaping up as an amazing 2 days as Christian creative arts community together. Scroll down for the latest program information.

It’s our prayer, that responsive to the Holy Spirit (and mindful how the Spirit blows where she will), some fantastic worship songs for God’s church will be written.

Rev Gordon Ramsay and staff at Kippax UC, Canberra are working hard with all sorts of kippaxlogistics.  Reminders:

  • get your rego payments in if you haven’t already
  • subsidies are still available
  • accommodation and transport (to/from/at Canberra) is your responsibility, unless particular arrangements have been made
  • songwrite begins at Kippax UC (http://www.whereis.com/act/holt/134-hardwick-cr?id=35B908008EE6A6) at 1 pm Friday 15 February, with sign-in etc from 12.30 pm.  Kippax UC is  on the corner of Luke Street and Hardwick Crescent, in Holt, ACT, Australia.

David MacGregor (Rev)
Sharon Kirk

 program    15-17 February 2013

FRIDAY segment
12.30 pm registration
1.00 Lunch

1.45 Worship
2.00 Setting the scene
2.15 Life Overflowing 1
3.00 Afternoon tea
3.15 Crafting a worship song
3.45 Creative space 1
6.00 Dinner
7.00 Worship / Life Overflowing 2
7.45 Chill-out time
9.00 Friday close
9.00 am Gather – song/prayer
9.10 What makes a song great for worship?
10.00 Songwriter reflection 1
10.20 Morning tea
10.30 Creative space 2
12.30 pm Lunch
1.00 Songwriter reflection 2
1.20 Creative space 3
3.00 Afternoon tea
Creative space 4
5.00 Serving your church as songwriter – panel
6.00 Dinner
7.00 [planning for Sunday worship]
7.30 Open community time – sharing music together
… a time for ‘testing’ songs
ncl. food/drink
9.00 Creative space 5

* time for extra recording etc

3 services Worship @ Kippax UC
morning tea with Kippax congregation
12.00 pm Wrap-up
12.45 Lunch