Adding a Music Program to Your Senior Adult Ministry
By: Greg Skipper
Just as a well-planned and well-constructed addition to a house can add value to your home, a senior adult music program can be a wonderful addition to an existing ministry.
1. Gather Information
* How is the new program going to fit with existing programs?
This is a good time for the minister to senior adults and the minister of music to collaborate on a building plan.
Check with other churches in your association to see if they have senior adult choirs. You can learn a lot from others. Ask their leaders to share the good and the not-so-good.
2. Determine Interest Level
Consider which seniors are currently in the sanctuary choir, as they may help to form a nucleus for the new group. Assign these choir members to be on the lookout during the service for other senior adults who are singing in the worship service. Also, attend a senior adult meeting and ask, "How many have sung in choir over the years? Who would be interested in forming a new choir of just seniors?"
3. Determine Structure
* What will be the minimum age for your choir? Will it be the same as for other senior adult activities?
The answers to these questions will determine the basic structure of your program. Remember, nothing takes the place of good planning. No shortcuts here.
4. Get Approval
5. Start Building
Carefully choose music appropriate for senior adults and prepare it for the first session. You may need to begin with unison or two-part music until you determine if you have SATB capabilities. This ensures that your choir will have a feeling of accomplishment instead of being frustrated by arrangements that are too difficult in the beginning.
6. Move In
Have fun learning new music and singing familiar tunes. Save time for fellowship at the end of the rehearsal. Please keep in mind that you are working with volunteers.
During the rehearsal, let your new choir members know when they will be singing for worship or a special event. No one wants to rehearse and not be given an opportunity to sing.
If you have followed these steps to building a successful senior adult music program, you should be off to a great start. This addition to your senior adult ministry will add tremendously to the value of your existing program, and can be enjoyed by church and community alike.
This article is courtesy of Lifeway Christian Resources, www.lifeway.com.