SING PRAISE! This month there seems to be an emphasis on singing. If this leaves you cold – if you have ever been told ‘you can’t sing’ don’t stop reading! A great preacher, songwriter and musician – John Bell of the Iona Community always lambasts those who accuse others of not being able to sing, it is as if they are being denied a voice, denied their part in music making. Some might question whether he is right – but I have seen on music weeks on Iona how he has managed to bring very differing talents and experience together into something which is to the glory of God. Using music in worship and helping children to do so has been one of our priorities since our meetings with Bishop Mike this time last year. We have seen children in the 1st Sunday choir, in the Confirmation choir we’d like to help them use singing to find out more about God. We are trying to link children, faith and music into ‘SING PRAISE!’ by working with Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School to provide a musician who can lead sung assemblies in school, help with some after school activities and try and link them up with worship in Church especially on First Sundays and festivals. We have managed to find some funds to which the PCC has added which allows us to test this approach for two years. We have liaised with Mills and the College as well and they can see ways it might help their young musicians as well. The hours are not long but we hope they will have an impact on music and faith in both the school and our worship. We have now got to the stage of advertising for a Director and setting up interviews in late June – please pray for this and if you know someone who might like to see the details and even apply please let me know.