As our world continues to change and become less predictable, the church’s song can be a source of healing and hope. But the ways in which we gather for worship and gather in song require new vision, new mechanisms, and creative thinking. Below is a list of resources (being continually updated) curated by The Hymn Society staff.
ECUMENICAL CONSULTATION ON PROTOCOLS FOR WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, AND SACRAMENTS
In early June, an ecumenical consultation led by United Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal liturgical scholars, medical experts, and in consultation with the CDC released a 36-page document entitled “Resuming Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life During A Pandemic.” Este documento está también disponible en español.
The same group gathered again to release guidance for the 2021 Holy Week and Easter seasons.
A blog summary on 8-18-2020 of two recent COVID-19 & Music studies:
The Center for Congregational Song published a post in June 2020 that highlights the section specifically pertaining to music-making.
FACT-BASED UPDATES ON COVID-19
Providing factual updates to your members and friends can help save lives. Please make sure you do your part to fact-check any articles or sources you share about the pandemic. These two sites are some of the most trustworthy and fact-based places available.
A study to investigate aerosol and droplet emissions during singing, as compared to talking and breathing, that was published in September.
CHOOSING HYMNS & SONGS
Free downloadable collection of hymns and songs designed for singing in times of crisis. Provided by The Hymn Society.
Hymnary.org’s “most popular hymns” list is a great place to find hymns and songs that have seen the saints of the past through many difficult times.
This playlist of songs has been specifically created to speak to congregations during this time by the organization Music That Makes Community.
A collection of new texts (specific to the Covid-19 Pandemic) set to familiar Christmas Carol tunes. It’s for fun! It’s to bring joy and frivolity in this time of loneliness and hopelessness. Free to download and use.
A list of hymns and other resources gathered during our Zoom session on Tuesday, April 28 hosted by Ginny Chilton & Lindsay Smith.
Michael Hawn, FHS shares some background about specific hymns that were written during similar times in centuries past.
Our Tuesday gathering on June 9, in which Ana Hernández led out in singing various movement songs, was recorded and can be found here on our YouTube channel.
On Tuesday, June 16, members and friends of The Hymn Society gathered to discuss various possibilities regarding how we can worship differently during this time. Both the recording of that session and the document we compiled with ideas that were shared are available here.
Resources from Other Organizations
Hymnary.org has some lists for selecting hymns, a new tool for helping churches and people worship at home during the pandemic, and more.
The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts has provided a list of resources from their members and leaders. The list continues to be updated as new ideas and resources are provided.
The Presbyterian Church (USA)’s page provides many resources, including a list of live-streaming resources and tutorials, guidelines on the sacraments, and more.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship’s resource page responding to COVID-19.
Resources, Articles, and other helpful information from Duke Divinity’s “Faith and Leadership” website.
The United Church of Canada’s resource list with specific sections for youth and children’s ministries as well as online, streaming, and technology information.
John Thornburg, FHS is the guest for an episode of the podcast “Worship Matters.” He discusses his thoughts on what should be kept in mind as we face our return to gathering in person once more.
This recent study examines the safety of singing during the pandemic. (Note: Page is in German, but has an option to translate into English)
Technology, Streaming, and Licenses
One of the two major licensing/copyright companies is offering free licenses for church’s who don’t already hold a license to help offset the costs of moving online. Other resources and information about streaming and copyright is available on their site.
The other major licensing/copyright company, CCLI, is offering discounted prices on their streaming license in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can also see a webinar on streaming from OneLicense here.
A 7-minute tutorial video on how to use Zoom for music-making. This is simple but importance information for any musician or worship service relying on the Zoom platform.
This basic blog will walk beginners through how to successfully live-stream their worship service.
Tips for making the most of live-streamed worship services to best connect with your congregation.
This short but helpful vlog (video blog) is a great tutorial on helpful gear and technology for live-streaming your worship service.