Friday, 12 January 2018

Barrie Renwick - our longest serving associate and dear friend

Friends - This isn’t the New Year newsletter that I expected or wanted to write!

It is with great sorrow and acute pain that I have to inform you of the untimely death of our dear friend Barrie Renwick.  After spending a joyous Christmas and New Year at his beloved Lee Abbey, Barrie returned home where it appears he passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly.  

Barrie was our longest serving associate.  He first encountered CMM at our Hull production of GREATER THAN GOLD (1983-84), and since then has been a regular at most of our holiday weeks, UK tours (where he was the Hull organiser) overseas tours, and as a soloist, helper and driver at many of our days and weekends.  To say that CMM will not be the same again is a gross understatement.  He was our dear friend and part of the family!

But, in the midst of our grief and tears we know that there is another reality – that Barrie is now with Jesus in a place more perfect than we can ever imagine or describe.  I quote from Helen’s Facebook post of yesterday:
Friend. Where you are now there is no more sadness. You will never ever be alone again. Pain is no more. The weather will always be just right for the perfect photo. All is beautiful, peaceful, joyful and glorious. And the cricket will be so, so good.
This is not “pie in the sky” wishful thinking.  Those of us who know and follow Jesus have a certain future and a secure hope.  This does not take the pain away but helps us to live through it and see beyond it.  “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (2 Tim 1:12)

It is appropriate to mention our free Epiphany  SONG OF THE MONTH “As with gladness”, from STARGAZERS.  The last verse says it for Barrie and us all:
In the heavenly country bright need they no created light
Thou its light, its joy, its crown Thou its sun which goes not down
There for ever may we sing: Alleluias to our King!

May Jesus bless you all!

Roger Jones

Friday, 5 January 2018

Annual Retreat to support CMM leadership

Roger listening to a participant during his presentation
of a Worship Works event in November 2017
This weekend (6-7 January 2018) the annual retreat for the EBRG Support Group and CMM Trustees takes place.

These two groups of people support the work of Christian Music Ministries throughout the year. They have been instrumental in the setting up and continuation of CMM and Roger and Mary's work as well as the work of Annie Routley and Helen Pollard.

They meet this weekend for the annual retreat which focuses on the work of the CMM team and discerning God's pathway for the future of CMM. Please keep the Support Group and Trustees in your minds and prayers as they meet each other in the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pray for guidance, insight and renewal.

Thank you!

Read more about the EBRG Support Group

Read more about the CMM Trust and Trustees 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas news from all the CMM Staff team members

We have published CMM team members' Christmas newsletters and the CMM News and Events leaflet. Take a look to get to know us all better!

Read CMM's News and Events leaflet at

Read Poppy's News (Roger and Mary's Lurcher...) at

Read Annie's news at

Read Lindsay's news at

Read Nicky's news at

Read Helen's news at

Read Rachel's news at

Read Roger's December enews bulletin at

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

December e-news from Roger Jones

Dear friends

I’m so encouraged!  Over the last two weekends I know of at least four of my Christmas musicals being performed.  I was in Ilkley, Yorkshire, doing SIMEON, and I really enjoyed myself - I’d forgotten what it was like!  I’ve also heard of performances of WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED and THE INN CROWD.  Has anyone done AWAY IN A MANGER?  And what about individual items from our collections.

The CMM Choir have been doing a series of STARGAZERS presentations, and there is still one to go this side of Christmas: Sun 10 Dec at Church of the Redeemer Baptist, Edgbaston B16 8UZ at 1830 hrs.  Do come if you can!

Looking for Christmas presents?  We have musicals, songs, carols, choral pieces, books, house group courses, etc, so please do have a look at the CMM SITE. There are lots of new items, and of course, all our recordings can be bought on CD or downloaded from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.  Please don’t forget our latest seasonal release: SONGS OF CHRISTMAS.

Did you know that you can raise funds for CMM whilst purchasing from your usual suppliers, yet it won’t cost you a penny extra? Please have a look at EASY FUNDRAISING and consider supporting CMM in this way.

Our free SONG OF THE MONTH is “Come see the beauty of the King”, from WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED and the ROGER JONES CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.   This is one of my most popular songs, and is used in worship at all times of the year, not just Christmas!

Watch this space!  Later this month we’ll be sending the Christmas Newsletters from all of us.  Poppy is just finishing hers but has writer’s cramp in her paw!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. 

Roger Jones

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

Month Three in the Life of an Intern

Read Month One
Read Month Two

Another month, another blog post (sorry this one is a few days late)!
A big part of this month has been spent getting ready for the CMM choir productions of Stargazers. I began by printing out 200 inserts, folding them all and putting them inside the audience leaflets – it seemed to take forever! At the final few rehearsals, I was playing oboe and flute as this is what I’d be doing during the performances. Although oboe is my weapon of choice, some of the music for Stargazers requires a 3-octave range – enter my flute. As well as this, the softer tone of the flute is better suited to some of the gentler songs in the musical, and therefore I decided I would play both (although not at the same time). After a mid-week joint rehearsal with both choirs, with almost the full band present, the first performance was held on the following Sunday. It was great fun to be a part of it, and lovely to see how all the rehearsing had come together to produce a fantastic performance.
This month I also experienced my first Worship Works event in a place near Barnsley with the wonderful name of Jump. As well as playing oboe for the worship songs, I was also in charge of operating the static video camera which recorded the sessions of the day. I later spent time in the office editing these recordings down to remove the copyrighted material which means that the resulting videos can be used as an example of Roger’s teaching.
I attended a memorial service for Bishop Michael Whinney at Birmingham Cathedral as CMM were leading some of the music. Although I never met Bishop Michael, it was interesting to hear memories of him, particularly about how he took the time to befriend people and encourage them in their faith. This is something which I am blessed to have been on the receiving end of from some of my own friends, and an important legacy which I think we all should strive to continue.
Office jobs this month have included a lot of reorganising – I sorted out the boxes on the vocal score shelf, refilling them as required, creating new labels for them and arranging them in alphabetical order. I also did a similar job with the storeroom, bringing overflow boxes for the collections and books upstairs, and moving all the musicals downstairs (which are now also in alphabetical order). I created new labels for the bookstall to replace the handwritten ones that had gone before – I am very proud of these as they look neat and uniform, are nicely laminated, and there are even some blanks which can be written on with a whiteboard pen just in case there happens to be an item for sale that I haven’t prepared a label for.
My bookstall labels had their first outing to Ilkley where the church in Ben Rhydding were performing Simeon. This was great fun to take part in as the church had put in a lot of effort, organising not just the choir, but soloists and musicians, as well as dance and drama. As there was no written oboe part for Simeon, I played a mixture of the descant recorder and trumpet parts on my oboe, the latter of the two testing my brain with a bit of on-the-spot transposition! On the Sunday morning I, along with the other team members, joined with the worship group for the morning service. The big achievement for me during this was the fact that, although I didn’t play all the time, when I did play, I didn’t play any melody. This is perhaps one more step along the road towards me being able to improvise, and is definitely a testament to the time given and the patience displayed by Amy who came to the office during the preceding week to teach me some tricks of improvisation and give me a chance to practise – thanks Amy!
All in all, it’s been another varied month which has presented me with lots of different challenges and opportunities – it certainly keeps me out of mischief!
Editing the videos from the Worship Works day

Birthday meal for Lindsay!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Musicals on show this Winter

This Winter, Roger Jones musicals are springing up around the UK. Tell us if you are performing one that is not listed on our Facebook Events page.

CMM is directly involved in some and where we have beeen present, Roger has had his camera poised. CMM Choir (Birmingham) is also performing STARGAZERS at several Birmingham venues. See here for details.

SIMEON in Ilkley, 25 November 2017

WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED music week at Brunel Manor, 22-28 October

Friday, 24 November 2017

Jones and Jones play Jones

The next CD off the CMM production line will be a new backing track by Tim Jones with jazz guitar and improvisation by Michael Jones. The result will be the work of three generations of Jones family men.

Watch them chatting about it now

Friday, 10 November 2017

November 2017 news from Roger Jones

Picture of Autumn leaves with God's light shining throughDear friends

Winter is upon us, although we’ve just got back from leading an exciting music week at Brunel Manor (Torquay) where the weather was very mild.  However, Christmas is looming and we are so keen to encourage folk to celebrate a truly Christian Christmas, with bible-based stories and lyrics.  At CMM we have musicals, songs, carols, choral pieces, etc, so do have a look at the CMM SITE, which gets increasingly busy with lots of new items.

We now have many of our books available for Kindle as well as “hard” copies, and all our recordings are now on iTunes, Spotify, etc, as well as on CD.  Do consider our Christmas Musicals, Christmas Collection, Songs of Christmas, Choral pieces, “Squidgy Bod at Christmas”, Backing Tracks, etc.

At this time of year there’s always the perennial challenge of presents for friends and family.  Did you know that you can raise funds for CMM whilst purchasing from your usual suppliers (eg. Amazon, etc), yet it won’t cost you a penny extra? Do have a look at EASY FUNDRAISING and consider supporting CMM in this way.

Our free SONG OF THE MONTH is “Coming with the clouds”, from “Angel Voices”, and my PSALM COLLECTION and suitable for Advent and other times.  

Our Intern Rachel Haddon has been very busy doing all sorts of new things with CMM:

The CMM Choir is about to launch a series of evenings for Christmas, which will include performances of STARGAZERS (new edition available) and an exciting new carol by Annie:
  • Sun 19 Nov, St Bernard’s, Broome Ave, Hamstead, B43 5AL - 1800
  • Sun 26 Nov, Ward End Elim Pentecostal Church, St Margaret’s Road, Ward End, B8 2BD - 1830
  • Sun 03 Dec, Hagley Road Retirement Village, 322-336 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, B17 8BH - 1600
  • Sun10 Dec, Church of the Redeemer, Monument Road, Edgbaston, B16 8UZ -1830
This Saturday (11 Nov) we lead a WORSHIP WORKS day at Jump Wesleyan Reformed Church, Barnsley (1000-1630), and later in the month we are working with St John’s, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, W Yorks. The production of SIMEON (Sat 25 Nov) is at 1830, and I shall be preaching at Family Worship the next day at 1000.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. 

Roger Jones

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