28 Mar Director of Music at St Paul’s Church
In the midst of these strange times, I thought I’d take an opportunity to share some good news with you. You may be aware that we advertised recently for a part-time Director of Music at our church, in the prayerful hope we would find someone who could help us to develop our music and also reach out to our community through music. Before the lock down ‘kicked in’ we were able to interview for this post and I’m delighted to tell you we have made an appointment – Abi Yelland Brown.
The interview lasted for almost an hour and a half and was a robust conversation about our music, our mission and how the post might lead to significant developments in both of these areas. Abi had a strong sense of the Lord calling her to this church and this role and she had some great ideas about the role and its execution. More importantly, the panel agreed that the Lord has called Abi to St Paul’s for this purpose.
We discussed the current situation of social isolation and whether we should delay the start date for the role, but agreed that the hours could be put to purposeful use in aiding the church develop its online presence, sort out the administrative and practical infrastructure for the forward movement of our music provision, as well as begin the planning process for the implementation of a community choir (which may become even more important after a long period of social isolation).
For those of you who have not yet met Abi, here’s a word from her: “Hi! My name is Abi and I attend St. Paul’s Throop with my husband Michael. St. Paul’s is a special place to me as it is where I grew up, where I first heard about Jesus and more recently, where I got married! I became a Christian 11 years ago whilst attending Spring Harvest with my family, who also attend St. Paul’s. It was through worship music that I experienced the Holy Spirit for the first time. It is because of this that I love listening to and playing Christian music, and leading others in worship so that they may encounter Jesus too!”
I hope it won’t be too long before you get the chance to meet Abi face to face, back in church. In the meantime, trust that I will be in conversation with her about all things music, online and offline, from when she takes up the post on April 1st. Please be praying for Abi as she begins the process of being our Director of Music.