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



registrations now “live” for songwrite2018!

Registrations are now open for songwrite2018
Click here.

songwrite2018 is the third national UCA gathering for writers of songs for Christian Tanya Riches 1community worship. Special guest: Tanya Riches.

songwrite is an opportunity to write new songs for worship. Whether you are a first-time songwriter or have written some songs, you will have creative space, people to listen and learn from, and the opportunity to score and record your songs.

some songwrite2018 basics:

  • 12 pm Friday 26 to 2 pm Sunday 28 January 2018
  • Indooroopilly Uniting Church, Station Rd, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Australia.  The venue is directly across from the huge Indooroopilly Shopping Centre complex and a 200m walk from Indooroopilly Train Station
  • Cost: $150
    • includes Saturday and Sunday lunch.  Friday lunch & Saturday dinner extra
    • accommodation and transport extra
  • accommodation: type in “Indooroopilly” in sites such as:
  • 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” … 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



‘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