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Hymn Festivals

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.

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

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. 

What does the support include?

  • Five copies of the hymnal Lift Up Your Hearts for the planning team.
  • 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.
Print out the Festival template (PDF).

For the Festival printed program, use a downloadable program headers in color or black and white (right click the link and select "save link as" to download the image to your computer).   

Email Kristen Verhulst with any questions.

HymnFest participants include

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
Christ's Family Church (RCA) Davenport IA
Church Music Ministry of Canada Coquitlam BC
Corban University Salem OR
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 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
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
Oak Chapel United Methodist Church Wooster OH
Olympia Christian Reformed Church Olympia WA
Operation Mobilization Tyrone GA
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
Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church Jenison MI
San Jose Christian Reformed Church San Jose CA
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'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


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