Music Ministry Conference

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Chris Fischer

All Together Now

Saturday March 7, 2020 from 9:30 to 3:30

Musicians and worship leaders are invited to explore Intergenerational Worship with Dr. Tori Smit and Chris Fischer. The day will be both inspirational and practical for leaders who long to welcome all ages into the worshiping community. $65 per person includes a buffet lunch in our historic dining room.

First keynote - All Together Now: The Theology, History and Theory of Intergenerational Worship

Intergenerational worship is not a new thing, in fact it is a very, very old thing. Over time though we’ve let go of the intergenerational aspects of our worship and now find ourselves wondering what we might have lost and how we might claim it back again. Together we will hear the stories that reveal why intergenerational worship should be at the forefront of our worship planning.

Second keynote - All God’s Children Got a Place in the Choir: How Do Make a Place For Everyone?

Together we will consider what really makes intergenerational worship a delight for all ages. We’ll hear stories of intergenerational worship that is as traditional as it can be, and as non-traditional as you could possibly imagine - all of which achieve the goal of worship that is meaningful for all ages. We’ll specifically look at the music, liturgy, and preaching aspects of intergenerational worship and unpack how we can make them more appropriate for all generations.

Third keynote - All You Need is Love (and Some intentional Planning)

With all of the best intentions, the reality is that a shift towards intergenerational takes a lot of hard and dedicated team work. In this last conversation we’ll talk about the ways to prepare the congregation, parents and children for a move towards intergenerational worship, anticipate some roadblocks we might encounter along the journey, and celebrate the incredible possibilities.

We have a history of great musical gatherings!

Since 2015, musicians of all kinds have come to Crieff Hills every June to learn and grow as music leaders in a beautiful setting. Each year, Crieff Hills works with local musician Christopher Fischer, who searches out excellent leadership. Workshops have been led by skilled musicians and teachers including

    • Dr. Gerard Yun (Asst. Professor of Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University),
    • Debbie Lou Ludolph (director of WLS global song community choir Inshallah)
    • Chellan Hoffman (RCCO 2017 Travelling Clinician from Knox United Church, Calgary).

Past Conferences

2015: Finding Our Voice: Music Ministry in Today’s Church

2016: Music Ministry that Transforms Lives

2017: Building Bridges: Music Ministry in an Emerging Church

2018: Toward (Un)Common Ground: Music,  Worship and Reconciliation

2019: Cultivating Generous Space: Worship, Music and Intersectional Justice

Dr. Tori Smit is a graduate of Ewart College and a Diaconal Minister with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, presently serving as the Regional Minister for Faith Formation for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda. Tori has been a professional Christian Educator for over thirty-five years, serving congregations in Milton, Hamilton and Guelph, Ontario, and in Orlando, Florida. Tori served more recently as the Associate Secretary of The Vine for the PCC. As an educator, Tori is passionate about ministry with children, youth and their families and is a strong advocate for an intentional shift toward Intergenerational Ministry as the primary platform on which our faith can best be passed from one generation to the next.

 Chris Fischer, MM, BMus, ARCCO, AMus (they/them) has served as Pastoral Musician at Knox Presbyterian Church in Guelph for 14 years. In 2015, they began this annual series of one-day conferences at Crieff Hills with the primary goal to encourage conversation and collaboration between church musicians, clergy, and lay worship leaders, for the building of bridges between and within congregations, as well as individual Christians in the community at large. Past areas of focus at Crieff have included: emerging worship styles within local congregations; the relationship between music and both pastoral care and faith formation; music and worship in multicultural and multifaith contexts; exploring connections between Christian worship and Indigenous spirituality;
and the role of worship and music in the process of growing into faith communities that seek to include and affirm the gifts of LGBTQIA2S+ people as full members of the Christian family.