We all love singing in the choir. For many of us, that is our primary ministry in the church. We gather together on Sunday morning and in rehearsals to sing and worship the Lord with all our hearts. But why are the beautiful sounds the choir makes reserved for your own congregation? We should use the choir as an outreach and offer it up for people who don’t have the luxury of hearing it every week.
More Than Sunday Mornings
Getting outside the walls of the church can sometimes be difficult, but community outreach is something that can grow your choir musically and spiritually. You also have a chance to try out music that could challenge the choir. For example, my choir has done outreach events at Japanese festivals, Jewish Synagogues, and Norwegian concerts.
Get the Wheels Turning
A good outreach idea for your choir is to plan a trip. Not only will it give the choir something to be excited about, but you may even pick up more members who want to come on the trip. It can be one concert or a whole choir tour. You’d be amazed at how many churches, nursing homes, community centers, or even detention centers would love for your choir to come and share some music.
Keeping It Local
Obviously you don’t have to travel all across the country for outreach. Most of the time, you can find places to sing no more than four or five miles from your church. My church sings at a nursing home right down the street once every month. All we do is take some hymnals down there and spend time singing with the residents.
The Reason We Sing
Outreach is a simple concept that many of us overlook. We get so comfortable in our choir loft that we forget about those who aren’t there on Sunday mornings. The Bible says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” So get out there and let everyone see and hear the gift that God has given you!