‘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

“come together” at “songwrite” – 22 already are!




Registrations for songwrite have come in strongly this past week. Fantastic!SON001_01

We now have 12 songwriters coming, along with 8 support coaches / mentors / thinkers / techos. On top of that, our special guests: Rev Prof. Andrew Dutney (UCA President) and esteemed songwriter Robin Mann … and there are still 12 days left before registrations close.

This is going to be one special event in the life of the Uniting Church in Australia – at Kippax UC, Canberra, Australia!

CLICK HERE for a rego form and details you need, but don’t miss the 31 January 2013 deadline.  Contact details on the form.

“songwrite” update – a feast of inspiring musicians – regos close on 31st!





This is what M.J. says about the One Voice Co-op weekend (Presbyterian Church of Sing_totheLord1783
Aotearoa New Zealand) From MJ:

It can be pretty lonely … as a song writer without a music team willing to workshop ideas and new songs. And, while books and the internet are great, there is nothing like doing theology face to face, hammering out the implications of what the Bible says in the cauldron of real experience. So, the … One Voice weekend was a feast really, a feast of inspiring musicians who write songs and lyrics that I could never come up with, and hanging out with people that challenge my thinking, and how I say things, and people who listen respectfully but aren’t afraid to say “Yes, that’s brilliant, but what if…”
So, I wrote another song in the car on the way home – it’s on my phone! … The creativity has had a shot in the arm. Can’t wait to try out some of these new songs on my unsuspecting congregation – it is going to be good!

This sort of experience, fun, learning and spiritual growth can be yours at songwrite … 15-17 February in Canberra, Australia.  Regos close soon – 31 December 2013. Remember; subsidies are available!  Rego/info form: CLICK HERE.

David MacGregor & Sharon Kirk

songwrite update 30 Dec: “a fantastic opportunity”


This is what Matt says about the One Voice Co-op weekend (Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)

The Co op weekend was a fantastic opportunity to meet and fellowship with other songwriters and theologians. Personally, it was a big step out of my comfort zone, as I have struggled in the past to write songs in a team context, and also to write melodies for use in corporate worship. Having other musicians and writers there to trigger idea’s and develop them was humbling and inspiring. I also appreciated the chance to hear from Ray, Rory, Malcolm and Natalie, as they shared their thoughts on the role of music in worship, and what God might be saying to the church today in all of this. It was also good to have a place to ask the bigger questions around what it means to be worshipping community that sings together.

We’re hoping & praying for similar feedback from songwrite … 15-17 February in Canberra, Australia.  Regos close 31 December 2013. Remember; subsidies are available!  Rego/info form: CLICK HERE.


feedback … and less 8 weeks to “songwrite”

songwrite (15-17 February in Canberra) is based on the recent One Voice Project of the Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand. Malcolm Gordon – key creative voice for the project had this to say about the experience:

All in all, it was an extraordinary experience. I must confess to being a little overwhelmed by the volume and calibre of the songs written. More than a few of our writers went home and have written even more songs inspired by the input they received from the weekend.

So … don’t wait any longer. Register now – regos close 31 January 2013.  CLICK HERE for rego form. Oh … may the joy and blessings of Christ, Emmanuel be with you this Christmas.

David MacGregor
Sharon Kirk