For centuries, music has been an integral part of the worshipping life of most Christian denominations, not least the Methodist Church which was famously said to be "born in song". Church music relies almost entirely on live performers who often exercise a crucial role in worship. It was for this reason that the Methodist Church Music Society (MCMS) was formed in 1935.
From its origin as a group of organists and choirmasters, MCMS developed to support all types of music within the Methodist Church, and ArtServe continues to encourage the full range of music in worship.
Everything connected with the use of organs and other keyboard instruments in worship.
This is where you can find advice about forming or running a church choir. Many choirs struggle to find enough singers to perform traditional SATB repertoire, but there are other types of music which a small choir can sing and which can be just as enriching to worship.
hymns and songs
Hymns and worship songs - resources, choosing hymns, choosing tunes, teaching new songs, and copyright issues. This is also where members' own hymns and songs can be published. Unless stated otherwise, any hymn published here may be reproduced and used locally with due acknowledgement to the author. Submit a hymn for possible publication (log in first).
For poety and other texts which are not intended to be set to music, please go to the creative writing section of the site.
instruments and bands
Advice and suggestions for using instruments in worship, whether a single melody instrument, an ad hoc music group, or a worship band.