Join The Crescendo
Launched at Music and Creative Arts Leaders Councils in 2019, Join the Crescendo is an educational resource with video supplements designed for any leader or future leader in The Salvation Army involved in Music and Creative Arts. Going from brass and drama groups to photography and flower arranging teams, this is the place to visit for advice on spiritual enrichment, pastoral skills, leadership skills, artistic priorities and rehearsal delivery. Designed by our Regional Music and Creative Arts Specialists inspired by front line need, this latest resource from the Music and Creative Arts team is the first in a comprehensive series looking at many different expressions of Music and Creative Arts in The Salvation Army today.
In a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible we find these words in Psalm 150:6,
'Let everyone everywhere join in the crescendo of ecstatic praise to Yahweh! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!' (The Passion Translation 2017)
In whatever group we are leading, or activity we are involved in, there is always this tremendous invitation to join the crescendo; to join those who are already embracing opportunities to praise God wherever they are and in a way that choose to do so. In attempting to summarise Psalm 150, we can consider the ‘Where, Why, How and Who of praise within the Psalm.
The where of praise: everywhere (150:1)
The why of praise: every act and attribute of God (150:2)
The how of praise: with everything you’ve got (150:305)
The who of praise: everything that breathes (150:6)
These are astounding statements to consider, to meditate on, and a helpful foundation on which to use the Join the Crescendo resource that has been prepared for you.
Download - 'A' Guide Leaders Guide For All
Download your copy - Brass Tutor Guide
These handy tips and suggestions will hopefully prove valuable in your ministry as a brass teacher within The Salvation Army. The brass banding scene across the United Kingdom is highly active with hundreds of bands performing and contesting regularly. Within our own movement, brass bands have played a vital role in evangelism, worship and affirmed discipleship. So it seems right that we should continue to educate and encourage brass playing to the glory of God and the sharing of the gospel.
Download your copy - Contemporary Worship Guide
As contemporary worship leaders it can be easy to focus solely on facilitating corporate worship within our churches. As leaders it is our responsibility to be creative in considering ways that worship teams can use contemporary music to bring the message of God’s love into our communities and beyond. Are there performance opportunities in your local area that you could use? Could video and audio recordings on social media help to make an impact on your community? Download your copy to find out more.
Download your copy - Vocal Guide
As a Salvation Army vocal group, we are called to worship and spread God’s word through song. William Booth understood the power of utilising corporate singing in worship and even encouraged the use of popular songs with alternative Christian lyrics. We continue to promote and endorse the value of worshipping through song as a way of communicating and sharing the gospel.
Community choir pack
Launched at Symphony Sounds on 3rd June 2017, this is a brand new pack, inspired by feedback to our Regional Specialists, to assist corps with a community choir or singing group. The choir pack will include 5 songs that have been adapted from The Salvation Army's music journal. They will come in the form of a Conductor/Pianist score, vocal score and lyric sheet.
The pack is availabe for free here: Community Voices - Full Pack
Posters and Cover Photos are available to download here: Poster
Available as separate downloads are the songs that are included in the pack. Please click the relevant part you need (Conductor/Pianist Score/Vocal Score/Lyric Sheet) to download.
An Act of Worship - Drama Scripts
An Act of Worship - Volume 1
Featuring 6 new drama scripts - Downlaod Here
An Act of Worship - Volume 2
Our brand new Act of worship is available now - Download Here
An Act of Worship - Easter Edition
Our brand new Act of Worship is available now - Download Here
An Act of Worship - Christmas Edition
Our brand new Christmas Special Edition is available now - Download Here
'Grace' - New Songs for Worship Band
This new project offers songs written by composers and lyricists who are part of, or committed friends of, The Salvation Army. Worship bands are increasingly becoming a part of our music offering and in response to that, 'Grace' has come to life. We trust that you will find these songs to be a fresh and vibrant expression of faith and an opportunity to worship in a new way.
Singing By Heart
Music & Creative Arts has partnered with Older Peoples’ Ministries to create Singing By Heart; a simple, free resource which will enable your corps to begin its own dementia friendly singing group.
Dementia is a growing concern in the UK and being able to provide a distinctive Christian singing group can be a great opportunity to witness to people in our communities who need support.
Tunebook backing tracks
Available now from SP&S - Tune Book Backing Tracks USB
The Music and Creative Arts team has recorded all 958 tunes in the tunebook. These are a piano backing, with generally 3 verses of each song (Songs will have a specific number where shorter, or if popular may have 4).
We hope that this will be a valuable resource to the territory
In addition to the regular accompaniment CDs that are released with our vocal publications, we have also generated a set of CDs containing a selection or brass and keyboard accompaniments for congregational singing. A similar collection of Christmas music is also available.
Download a copy of the Regulations and Guidelines For Musicians playing for The Salvation Army's Music and Creative Arts team.
Further resources are available in Training and development.