Friday, 8 September 2017

CMM September Newsletter

Dear friends

Roger Jones conducts final rehearsal of Angel Voices musical at Scargill House during music week August 2017

As promised last month, we are announcing new developments at CMM. See the new document BEYOND 2017 for a fuller version of our plans. In summary, this includes:
  • My own post 2018 plans
  • MUSICALS – choirs, conductors, soloists required, plus Musicals in a Day with Annie and others
  • A new INTERNSHIP
  • SPIRIT WORKS & WORSHIP WORKS – days, evenings, weekends, etc
  • MUSICAL MAN – evenings with songs from the shows
  • How you can support us
  • Sat 19 May 2018 – an important date!
Please pray for us as we look to the future shape and content of the ministry.

We have one more ALL-AGE MUSIC WEEK coming up soon:
  • 22-28 Oct 2017 WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED Music Week - Brunel Manor, Torquay (01803 329333)
- wonderful times, where all are welcome to be part of times of fellowship, music-making (all-ages, all abilities), worship, bible-teaching, etc.  Even if you're not a singer or instrumentalist, there's a place for you to relax as a part of the family! Book directly with Brunel Manor

Our free song of the month is GOD IS WITH US, EMMANUEL , beautifully sung by Ann Steer and backed by Devon Brown. This track, from THE ROGER JONES CHRISTMAS COLLECTION works well in a Christmas or general worship occasion.  I must admit to it being one of my favourite albums.  You can hear extracts from the album on the homepage of our CMM website and the music book is also available on Kindle.  This and most of our albums are also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

The CMM CHOIR starts rehearsals this month (18/19 Sep) rehearsing STARGAZERS and other Christmas material:
  • Mondays at Harborne Baptist Church
  • Tuesdays at Christ Church, Ward End
Come and join this lovely community choir.  Drinks from 7pm and no auditions required!  Rehearsals start at 7.45pm.

Once again, thank you all for your support and encouragement. 

Roger Jones         roger@cmm.org.uk

CHRISTIAN MUSIC MINISTRIES
01527 576440
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1JP

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Story of Scargill Music Week 2017 in pictures

 Group of walkers on the music week at Scargill, N Yorks
This year's music week focus was the Roger Jones musical Angel Voices.

Go to the slideshow now 
Helen Pollard teaching singers at Scargill music week August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Creative use of Roger Jones' musicals at Evensong

Geoffrey Porter has written to tell us about a new initiative at St. Faith’s Church, Havant (Hampshire) where they have used Roger Jones' musicals to enrich worship and found their numbers at Evensong have more than doubled. The story appered in the July/August edition of Pompey Chimes, the Church of England newspaper for the Portsmouth Diocese.

From September 2016 to June 2017, recordings of musicals by Roger Jones were played on the first Sundays of the month at 6.00-7.00pm. This replaced the normal Evensong, when the service attracted about 6 worshippers. The average attendance at the "RJ Series" was 15.

The pattern included a welcome and introduction, a reading from the relevant passage of Scripture, the playing of the musical, a reflection on the message by the rector, a curate or a reader, a prayer, a blessing and The Grace.

Musicals were chosen which lasted under the hour and sometimes linked with the church’s season. The video of “While Shepherds Watched” was included before Christmas.

Copies of the words, audience leaflets and vocal scores were provided and attendees were invited to join in if they wished. If there was no narration on the CD, one would be provided and in one case the drama was read. The series culminated in a live performance of “Saints Alive” on Pentecost Sunday, having listened to it the month before. 
If your church is using Roger Jones' music to create new initiatives, please tell us more! Contact Lindsay on events@cmm.org.uk

Friday, 4 August 2017

August News from Roger Jones

Dear friends

With holiday time upon us, I thought I’d get the August e-News out early!

We’re thrilled to announce that CMM now has a Kindle edition for some of our titles, with more to follow! WORSHIP WORKS
SPIRIT WORKS
THE ROGER JONES HYMN COLLECTION (available from Saturday 5th)
- and, of course, the “hard copies” are still available on our site, from Amazon, or from local bookshops.

Did you know that almost all of our recordings are now available as downloads from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, etc?

ALL-AGE MUSIC WEEKS coming up soon:

  • 26 Aug -02 Sep  ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Scargill House (01756 760500)
  • 22-28 Oct WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED Music Week - Brunel Manor, Torquay     (01803 329333)
These are wonderful times, where all are welcome to be part of times of fellowship, music-making (all-ages, all abilities), worship, bible-teaching, etc.  Even if you're not a singer or instrumentalist, there's a place for you to relax as a part of the family!  We'd love to see you there - book directly with the individual centres.


The Look of Love CD cover - songs of healing and wholeness

Our free song of the month is THE LOOK OF LOVE from ROCK, the story of Simon Peter. The vocal score, recording, etc, of ROCK are available from CMM.

See also the ROGER JONES SONG COLLECTION music book, and our very popular album entitled THE LOOK OF LOVE.


 

Lindsay is looking for personal stories of transformation and/or faith development from people who have grown through their involvement in a CMM musical or choir event. We would like to share these stories on the CMM blog. If you would like to offer your story she would welcome you sending it to her at events@cmm.org.uk There is no deadline as the blog is ongoing. Take a look at the Blog now.

Next month (September) we will be announcing exciting new developments at CMM.  Please pray for us as we look to the future shape and content of the ministry.

Once again, thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Roger Jones         roger@cmm.org.uk

CHRISTIAN MUSIC MINISTRIES
01527 576440
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1JP


Friday, 21 July 2017

I didn't expect that!

The Music Week at Abbot Hall in 2017 focused on Angel Voices, a musical based on the Book of Revelation. Alison Rushton attends CMM Music Weeks regularly and reflects on this year's event:

Going back to Abbot Hall each year is an encouragement, being able to meet up with old friends and rekindle fellowship as soon as I arrive. 


I joined the Prayer Ministry team at my church after one of Roger’s talks last year led me to believe he was speaking to me directly. It wasn't something I had thought of, but the calling was very strong. It was reinforced by a subsequent sermon which gave me the same message. 

This year at Abbot Hall we had a session on Prayer Ministry. I felt comfortable taking part in it, although in the past this would have taken me a long way out of my comfort zone. 

My biggest challenge has always been to read the bible more. Roger told us to treat it as lots of stories in one book rather than 
one big book. This helps to make it less daunting. I have never been a prolific reader. I tend to do handicrafts so the challenge is to pick up the bible as much as possible and choose a book to read. I will start with Philippians. 

During the PSH (Planned Spontaneous Happening) parts of Angel Voices in the Friday rehearsal, I found myself singing words I didn’t understand. I believe I was singing in tongues and found it came quite easily. I didn’t expect that to happen at all!


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

See our Events on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ChristianMusicMinistriesUK/
All our events are posted on Facebook, where we include more information than in our sidebar here. Facebook links the venue to a Google map so you can see the location, and you can also tell us that you are interested in attending, like our page or event, and message us. 

Visit our Events page on Facebook now!

Friday, 14 July 2017

2017 has been a busy year so far. See our year in pictures. The following links are to Slideshows of the events in Photobucket.

January to June 2017 in pictures.

ANGEL VOICES at Clarence Park Baptist Church, Weston-Super-Mare, to celebrate Annie Routley's 60th Birthday (January)

BARNABAS at Staines Methodist Church (February)

WORSHIP WORKS at Christ Church, Selly Park (February)

SPIRIT WORKS' launch at Holy Trinity, Lickey (February)

MUSICAL MAN at Caldicot Methodist Church, South Wales (March) 

WORSHIP WORKS at Lee Abbey (April)

BARNABAS at Stowmarket (May) 

ANGEL VOICES Music Week at Abbot Hall, Grange-over-Sands (May/June)

JAIL BREAK performed by the CMM Choir at LICKEY and ST GERMAIN'S (June)

If Roger or Annie participated in your event and you do not see pictures here, please send us any photos you have from participants or organisers. Thank you!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Dear friends

We're well into summer now, so may I remind you of these ALL-AGE MUSIC WEEKS? -

  • 26 Aug -02 Sep  ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Scargill House (01756 760500)
  • 22-28 Oct WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED Music Week - Brunel Manor, Torquay (01803 329333)
These are wonderful times, where all are welcome to be part of times of fellowship, music-making (all-ages, all abilities), worship, bible-teaching, etc.  Even if you're not a singer or instrumentalist, there's a place for you to relax as a part of the family!  We'd love to see you there - book directly with the individual centres.

Our free song of the month is  HAIL TO THE LORD'S ANOINTED from DAVID, one of my earlier musicals in 1978!  We re-recorded in 2004 and added the hymn.  The vocal score and other resources for the musical DAVID are available from CMM . See also the HYMN COLLECTION and PSALM COLLECTION.


We have launched five new webpages for schools:

These pages are especially useful for teachers with responsibility for modelling Christian values in school, and we are promoting the musicals as useful resources for music, RE and drama teachers who might want to work across departments or with all ages. The hymns and songs are also ideal for school choirs. The “Schools” section appears as a new drop-down list on the website’s menu bar. If you know a teacher who is responsible for organising school performances around Christmas or Easter, please could you pass on the links? Alternatively, send us their email address (with their permission) and we’ll send them a copy of our recent mailing to schools.

We have a new catalogue with our resources for 2017-2018.  Download a PDF of the catalogue now.

Once again, thank you all for your support and encouragement.  Best wishes for a happy summer holiday to those who will be taking a break!

Roger Jones         roger@cmm.org.uk

CHRISTIAN MUSIC MINISTRIES
01527 576440
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1JP
CMM web site

Friday, 9 June 2017

Roger's latest e-news

Dear friends - with the onset of June we look to a very full summer programme.

This weekend the CMM Choir starts its productions of JAIL BREAK:

Sat 10 Jun - St Hilda’s, Warley Woods - 19:00
Sat 17 Jun - St Germain’s, Edgbaston - 19:00
Sun 25 Jun - St Bernard’s, Hamstead - 18:00
Sat 01 Jul - Holy Trinity, Lickey - 19:00

Our first music week of the year, at Abbot Hall, Grange-over-Sands, went extremely well, and I was reminded about how much folk enjoy ANGEL VOICES.  Coming at it for the first time in a while, I myself really appreciated the amazing story-line from Revelation, a very relevant theme for this day and age!  I thought to myself: "I quite like this musical!" Well, the choir, soloists and instrumentalists were splendid, and we were aware of how much the Spirit was moving amongst us.  It was such great fun!

Our remaining all-age music weeks this year are at:

  • 5-12 Aug ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Lee Abbey (01598 752621) - virtually full, but you can enquire!
  • 26 Aug -02 Sep  ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Scargill House (01756 760500
  • 22-28 Oct WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED Music Week - Brunel Manor, Torquay (01803 329333)
These are wonderful times, where all are welcome to be part of times of fellowship, music-making (all-ages, all abilities), worship, bible-teaching, etc.  Even if you're not a singer or instrumentalist, there's a place for you to relax as a part of the family!  We'd love to see you there - book directly with the individual centres.

Our free song of the month is  O CHRIST THE SAME from "Seasons and Reasons", a collection of 32 seasonal and general hymns, with words by Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith.  It was a great joy to work with him on this project!  Go to our website (bottom left corner of home page) where you can stream the full album. The music book and CD are available direct from us.

SPIRIT WORKS is proving really popular, and we've just ordered a reprint.  We are starting to get requests from churches to lead "Spirit Works" days and weekends, although we're having to look well ahead in the diary!

Once again, thank you all for your support and encouragement,


Roger Jones         roger@cmm.org.uk
CHRISTIAN MUSIC MINISTRIES
01527 576440
24 Spadesbourne Road, Lickey End, Bromsgrove B60 1JP
CMM website

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A letter from Roger Jones:

Dear Friends - Pentecost is coming, one of the most exciting times of the year, yet perhaps the most neglected.
Spirit Works book cover, a resource for individuals, groups and churchs
Launched in February 2017
Our book SPIRIT WORKS, based upon the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, has got off to a good start, and several churches have already booked us to lead an evening/day/weekend, or enquired about the possibility.  This subject has always been at the heart of our work and ministry, and for a few more months you can still obtain SPIRIT WORKS at the special introductory price of £7.99:  Order now

Spirit Works is one of the best introductions to the work of the Holy Spirit I have come across. Written in a clear and readable style, illustrated with personal examples, and offering lots of points and questions for group discussion, it’s ideal for individual study or for small groups and worship groups to work through together. Roger, Helen and Annie write from long experience of helping people engage with the Holy Spirit in simple, practical yet life-changing ways, and their wisdom shines through each of the chapters. If you want to go deeper with God but are perhaps a little unsure about how to set about it, this is the book for you!
Revd Dr Alison Morgan, author, speaker, associate of Mathetes Trust, formerly of ReSource Trust.

Still on the Holy Spirit theme, you can now download an MP3 file of our free song of the month from "Saints Alive!" and the "Roger Jones Hymn Collection": BREATHE ON ME BREATHE OF GOD

As well as "Saints Alive!", many of our other musicals have Pentecost themes or content, ie. PHARISEE, WILDFIRE, ROCK. The music and recordings for all of these are available online: CMM shop

Tim Jones' latest Backing Tracks album : COME, HOLY SPIRIT is a collection of well-known worship songs that speak of the life and work of the Spirit.

The CMM Choir start their productions of JAIL BREAK soon:

    10 Jun - St Hilda’s, Warley Woods - 19:00
17 Jun - St Germain’s, Edgbaston - 19:00
25 Jun - St Bernard’s, Hamstead - 18:00
01 Jul - Holy Trinity, Lickey - 19:00

We lead four all-age music weeks this year, where all are welcome to be part of wonderful times of fellowship, music-making (all abilities), worship and bible-teaching.  Even if you're not a singer or instrumentalist, there's a place for you to relax as part of the family.
27 Jun-3 Jul ANGEL VOICES - Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria (01539 532896)
5-12 Aug ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Lee Abbey (01598 752621)
      26 Aug-2 Sep  ANGEL VOICES Music Week - Scargill House (01756 760500)
   22-28 Oct WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED Music WeekBrunel Manor, Torquay (01803 329333)

We'd love to see you there - you should book directly with the individual centres.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement,                       
Roger Jones 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Regular freebies from CMM

Take a look at our website's homepage to play the stream of songs from "Jerusalem Joy". We will feature a different CD here every month.

Download a free mp3 file of our featured song of the month. This April, we are giving away "I met you at the Cross" http://cmm.org.uk/shop/index.php?id=sotm

Roger writes:

April is nearly gone and I realised I hadn't sent our monthly e-newsletter.  But we're still in the Easter period, and celebrating the reality that Jesus is alive, and that changes everything!  We also want to give you the recording of our song of the month: "I met you at the cross". Download now.

As well as ministering on the Isle of Wight with BARNABAS and at Lee Abbey with WORSHIP WORKS, Mary and I have recently been at Spring Harvest, enjoying wonderful bible teaching and times of worship.  


We rejoice with HELEN & JAMES over the birth of MICHAEL CHRISTOPHERSee what a lovely little boy he is. Mary and I visited them yesterday!

Next week we lead two WORSHIP WORKS events:
25-26 April (Tue-Wed)
Appledore Baptist Church, Meeting Street, North Devon EX39 1RJ at 7pm (01237 424757)
29 April (Saturday)
Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church, Taunton from 10am - 4.30pm (01823 490142)

We're very excited about launching SPIRIT WORKS, and wonder who is going to invite us to lead an event (evening, day or weekend) based upon the work of the Holy Spirit in the church and individuals.  So, for a few more months you can still obtain SPIRIT WORKS at the special introductory price of £7.99:  Order now

Click here to see a PDF of more CMM events

Here's a message from Lindsay Peniston:

We need your Help to Grow our Social Media!
Christian Music Ministries is part of the online technical age so we have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a Blog, and our music can be ‘streamed’ from Deezer.com. The CMM choir also has its own Facebook page.

We need your help to build up our online network. Therefore, if your church or choir has a Facebook or Twitter page, we would be grateful if you could encourage them to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. In addition to tweeting our own messages, we can retweet appropriate messages from others. If your church is hosting a musical, Worship Works or Spirit Works event, we can also share your information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Click the links below to visit, 'like' and 'follow' our various social media:


Once again, thank you all for your support and encouragement,                       


Roger Jones roger@cmm.org.uk

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Roger has a busy few days ahead on the Isle of Wight. It is a very exciting but challenging time with lots to do and great opportunities to spread the word. Roger has just contracted a bit of a cold, which makes things that much harder to do, but he's not going to let such opposition stop us doing what God wants!

Friday         - travel via ferry to Isle of Wight
                  - 1930 rehearsal in St John's Newport

Saturday     - 1500 rehearsal at Ryde Methodist
                  - 1930 production of BARNABAS at Ryde Methodist

Sunday        - 0930 Annie with team speaking at St John's Newport
                   - 1000 Roger with team speaking at Shanklin URC
                   - 1530 production of BARNABAS at St John's Newport

Monday        - Annie, Bill, Caroline, Dave return home
                   - Roger, Mary, Sarah & Devon stay on

"Pray also for me (us), that whenever I (we) speak, words may be given me (us) so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel." (Eph 6:19)

Tuesday       - 1300 LENT TALK at Shanklin URC
                   - 1930 SPIRIT WORKS at Gunville Methodist, Newport

Wednesday   - Roger, Mary, Sarah & Devon return home