The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is providing support to worshiping communities across North America to host Hymnfests. The purpose of this program is to promote learning about what it means to sing the whole of Gods story.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is providing support to worshiping communities across North America to host Hymnfests. The purpose of this program is to promote learning about what it means to sing the whole of God’s story.
Who is participating?
Over 70 worshiping communities in North America are participating. These participants were selected through an application process (now closed). See the full list of participants. See all upcoming Hymnfest dates on the web calendar.
Why is this happening?
To promote singing the whole story of God and God’s people through vibrant congregational song and participation of all ages.
The 900+ songs in the new hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts will help you select songs from several styles and several periods of church history, including songs from contemporary songwriters from a variety of cultures and contexts around the world.
What are the requirements?
The HymnFest must
- be a public worship event free of charge (perhaps a Sunday evening or mid-week service);
- feature congregational singing following the Festival template (PDF) provided and using songs from Lift Up Your Hearts;
- be planned by a team (at least three people) from the worshiping community; and
- be held between September 2013 - May 2014. See the CICW web calendar for confirmed dates and locations.
What does the support include?
- Five copies of the hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts for the planning team.
- One copy each of The True Story of the Whole World: Finding Your Place in the Biblical Drama (Faith Alive, 2009), Dwelling: Helping Kids Find a Place in God’s Story (Faith Alive, 2012), The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd edition (Faith Alive, 2013), and the June 2013 issue of Reformed Worship.
- The Lending Library (70 copies of the hymnal) for use at the Festival and/or purchase afterwards. Free shipping and instructions will be provided.
- Access to guest musicians and leadership (Worship Institute staff and associates) with costs covered by the Worship Institute.
Email Kristen Verhulst with any questions.
|14th Street Christian Reformed Church||Holland||MI|
|Alameda Christian Reformed Church||Alameda||CA|
|Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Bethel Christian Reformed Church||DeMotte||IN|
|Blythwood Road Baptist Church||Toronto||ON|
|Brookdale Reformed Church||Bloomfield||NJ|
|Brookfield Christian Reformed Church||Brookfield||WI|
|Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church||Bryn Mawr||PA|
|Calvin Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Calvin Christian Reformed Church||Ottawa||ON|
|Christian Fellowship Congregational Church (UCC)||San Diego||CA|
|Christ's Family Church (RCA)||Davenport||IA|
|Church Music Ministry of Canada||Coquitlam||BC|
|Delavan Christian Reformed Church||Delavan||WI|
|Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|First Baptist Church of Berkeley/American Baptist Seminary of the West||Berkeley||CA|
|First Christian Reformed Church||Barrie||ON|
|First Christian Reformed Church||Denver||CO|
|First Christian Reformed Church||Detroit||MI|
|First Christian Reformed Church||Sioux Center||IA|
|First Church in Marlborough UCC||Marlborough||MA|
|First Congregational Church of Oakland||Oakland||CA|
|First Presbyterian Church||Boyne City||MI|
|Fredericton Christian Reformed Church||Fredericton||NB|
|GKI Kutisari Indah||Surabaya||Indonesia|
|Grace Christian Reformed Church||Burke||VA|
|Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church||Atlanta||GA|
|Holland Marsh Christian Reformed Church||Newmarket||ON|
|Hope Reformed Church||South Haven||MI|
|Immanuel Christian Reformed Church||Ripon||CA|
|Immanuel Presbyterian Church||Warrenville||IL|
|International Council of Ethnodoxologists||Duncanville||TX|
|Kuyper College||Grand Rapids||MI|
|LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Life Transforming Crusade||Bishopville||MD|
|Lucas Christian Reformed Church||McBain||MI|
|Maranatha Christian Reformed Church||Woodstock||ON|
|Monroe Community Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church||Toronto||ON|
|Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|New Hope Baptist Church||Creswell||OR|
|New Hope Community Church||Gilbert||AZ|
|Noel Methodist Church||Shreveport||LA|
|Oak Chapel United Methodist Church||Wooster||OH|
|Olympia Christian Reformed Church||Olympia||WA|
|Orland Park Christian Reformed Church||Orland Park||IL|
|Parkwood Presbyterian Church||Jenison||MI|
|Ponds Reformed Church||Oakland||NJ|
|Raymond Village Community Church (UCC)||Raymond||ME|
|Redeemer Christian Reformed Church||Sarnia||ON|
|Rehoboth Fellowship Christian Reformed Church||Etobicoke||ON|
|Richmond Reformed Church||Grand Rapids||MI|
|Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church||Jenison||MI|
|San Jose Christian Reformed Church||San Jose||CA|
|Second Reformed Church||Kalamazoo||MI|
|Shiloh~Inwood United Church||Bright's Grove||ON|
|South Grandville Christian Reformed Church||Grandville||MI|
|St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church||Sierra Vista||AZ|
|St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church||Owen Sound||ON|
|St. Mark's Episcopal Church||Fort Lauderdale||FL|
|St. Paul United Methodist Church of Detroit||Detroit||MI|
|St. Paul's United Church of Christ||Douglassville||PA|
|Third Reformed Church||Holland||MI|
|United Parish of Bowie||Bowie||MD|
|West End Christian Reformed Church||Edmonton||AB|
|Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church||Kingston||ON|
|Zion Christian Reformed Church||Oshawa||ON|