Music Sunday — 6th June 2021
Join us in celebrating the role of music and musicians in church life
On Sunday 6th June we call on churches and individuals, whether RSCM members or not, to unite in celebrating the role of music in worship and in giving thanks to all those who minister through music. This will be an opportunity to reflect on things we have missed, like congregational singing and the physical community of church musicians, and things that have developed over the last year such as being able to reach out through technology to people unable to attend church in person. Indeed, the technical skills of many clergy and musicians, including many RSCM staff, have grown exponentially through this challenging period.
As we look forward to RSCM Music Sunday we hope that many churches will hold their own service, whether virtual or with a real element, perhaps adopting the new anthem, prayers or extended service soon to be provided below, or adapting your own service to reflect the themes of our celebration.
All are welcome to join the Big Music Sunday Service which will broadcast from Lichfield Cathedral during the afternoon. As with all our main lockdown services, a music pack will be available for a small fee – see main section below.
Another way to participate in the service is to sign up to the Self-Isolation Choir’s short course Sing for Music Sunday. You will have the opportunity to learn the Music Sunday anthem with RSCM Director Hugh Morris and contribute to a recording to be played during the Big Music Sunday Service. The course starts 10th May – see www.theselfisolationchoir.com/sing-for-music-sunday for more details.
Just a few examples of feedback from the Big Music Sunday Service 2020
“Thank you RSCM – a great service in both senses of that word.”
“Wonderful uplifting music and worship. Thanks to each and everyone who has participated in any way to make it a memorable occasion. Here’s to us being able to sing together again very soon.”
“Just a big thank you for last night’s Evensong. Such a special event.”
Suggestions For What You Might Do
Learn the winning anthem of the Music Sunday 2021 Composition Competition
The winning anthem is now available from RSCM Music Direct as printed copies or digital download for purchase.Find Out More Here
After your event please complete the online feedback form or click here for a downloadable form. We would be grateful for feedback from all participants. In particular it will help us claim Gift Aid where possible
Click here for a list of other fundraising ideas.
It can be daunting deciding to plan an event, however our guide will take you through the stages to make your event a success. Click here to read more.
If you have decided to hold a sponsored event, this generic sponsorship form may suit your requirements.
Gift Aid can be claimed at any gathering where donations are collected.
One way for us to claim Gift Aid on donations is by individual donors completing Gift Aid envelopes which you are able to request on the booking form. These must be sent to us with the donations.
However, it may also be possible for us to collect Gift Aid on donations via small collections. The information that we require will be the date, venue and nature of the event (which we will have from your registration form) as well as the approximate number of attendees. Please include this in your feedback form.
What is the 50:50 campaign?
Recognising the financial needs of our churches, we introduced the Music Sunday 50:50 campaign 3 years ago to allow churches to share event and service proceeds and collections with us rather than necessarily donating 100%. It is up to churches themselves to decide how they want to participate this year. The logo will be the same for all events and publicity material whether you are raising money for the RSCM or not, but we do ask you to ensure that you are clear with your audiences and congregations about how any funds raised are being used. All donations to the RSCM will support us in our mission to sustain music within churches and communities.