From the earliest times in the Christian church, music has had a central role in worship. In listening, it has the power to move, to uplift and to put us in touch with thoughts and feelings which bring us closer to God. Through joining in hymn and psalm singing, we feel part of the company of worshippers, young and old, offering our praise and thanks.

The congregation of St John’s-Renfield is very appreciative of the rich variety of musical offerings in the church. The choice of praise ranges from ancient to modern: CH4 is the hymn book of choice, supplemented by other familiar sources.

Our organist and choirmaster, Cameron Murdoch, is a much respected, professional musician whose playing, whether on the organ or piano, inspires our worship. Under his leadership the choir offers music from a wide range of sources, to a very high standard. There are also a number of talented professional musicians within the congregation who have a regular role in enriching worship.

The Choir contributes to worship in the course of Holy Week and offers a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols during Advent. They also assist at services in local Care Homes. As part of the wider circle of our Parish Grouping, members of the choir take part in joint services, and choral events.

We are fortunate in having a grand piano as well as a fine organ, which can be enjoyed when the church is open to the public on Doors Open Day, as well as during Sunday worship.

The sanctuary has a very good acoustic, and as such is used by a variety of musical organisations for recording sessions and performances, the latter being well attended and valued by the congregation and the wider community.

The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7 till 8. New members are very welcome.

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