Massachusetts Music & Gospel Arts Department
The Creative Arts Ministry of The Salvation Army -- "The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Worcester Music Programs
Worcester Citadel’s music programs are growing by the week and that’s the way we like it. The Captains Lopes have been very aggressive in getting children to not only attend the Kids’ F.E.A.S.T. program, but to participate in all the available music programs.
To start, every Thursday during the Kids’ F.E.A.S.T. program, an hour is set aside for at least 35 children to learn the basics of music through theory and to sing old favorites and to learn new songs. This is done is a variety of ways through DVDs, CDs and guitar. The children learn the songs and then have a chance to come to church and perform them during certain times as a way to get them into church as well.
Along with group activities that deal with music, we are starting to develop times when children can come in and practice with personal instruction. We have two new guitar students that meet once a week as well as a few children that play instruments in school that can come in and practice when they need to.
The children aren’t the only ones who can get involved in music programs. There is a songsters group practice held once a week with eight members that has grown in the past three months. This group gets together and prepares songs that are sung on Sunday as a worship and offering to God. The other group for people who are interested is the worship team. As of right now, there is a worship team of between four and six people that lead the congregation in praising the Lord. There are two vocalists, two guitarists, a drummer and a bass guitarist who make up this band.
God has been generous in his giving of music in Worcester and we pray that it continues to grow and we continue to use the gifts God has given us.