After the pandemic, which silenced our ministry for many months, it was good to make a gradual return to providing music for services at St. Mary’s from Spring 2021, following the government guidelines at the time which initially restricted our numbers, but eventually allowed us to return in full.
The biggest development for our ministry in 2021 was the change to providing music for the 9.30 Service at St Mary’s on the third Sunday of every month, using our new Parish Eucharist in the Celtic tradition. From the comments I have received, this has been very much welcomed by the congregation. It has also given us a chance to expand our repertoire and explore new areas of music, especially our communion anthem, which has included music with Celtic and folk roots from the Northumbria Community, and prayer chants by contemporary composers including Margaret Rizza, Keith Duke and Geoffrey Nobes.
On the second Sunday of each month at 6pm Free Spirit continues to lead and provide music for Time and Space, a reflective service held in St Lawrence’s. We have a regular congregation which is growing in numbers but there is always room for more. Please give it a try if you haven’t been before.
We are always open to members of the congregation with musical gifts – if you feel you could offer something and are open to worship in the ‘Free Spirit’ way – it would be good to have a conversation with you.