Music Sunday — 14th June 2020
Celebrating the role of music in church life
Join us in doing something special to join with other churches and the RSCM on or near Music Sunday to celebrate the work of church musicians and the valuable role of music in worship.
From saying special prayers in a standard service to singing the newly commissioned anthem to holding a special concert, you will find many ideas in the sections below. This is an opportunity for innovative and creative ideas but the main thing is to choose something that feels really appropriate to you and, no matter what you do, register it here or download a registration form here and send it to us. We all need to work together to highlight the enhancing effect of music in worship to as wide an audience as possible.
We recognise that churches face many financial challenges, and are grateful to those who are able to share collections, event proceeds and donations with us, whether as part of the 50:50 campaign, or by giving us 100% of the funds raised as some do. We are also able to claim gift aid on some of the funds raised which will help us to make your donations go further to support our vital education work.
How to get involved
- • Commit to joining Music Sunday & spread the word
- • Plan your event & register it with us (see below)
- • Publicise your event widely and creatively. Why not use the downloadable publicity resources below?
- • Enjoy!
- • Send us 50% of the proceeds if you are an organisation, 100% if you are an individual
- • Share your story with us and your community
“St Mary’s, Finedon has enjoyed participating in RSCM Sunday for many years. We often use the event to attract extra singers into our church choir and to sing larger scale choral works. Often this involves a Come & Sing Choral Evensong event. It’s something that many singers, both regulars in our church and singers from the local area, enjoy taking part in. The refreshments afterwards are very popular too. Although we don’t raise lots of money from the event every little helps as they say; we split the donations between church funds and RSCM.”
Jonathan Harris, Director of Music, at St Mary’s, Finedon, Northamptonshire.
“Music spreads joy, something in short supply in our national life at the moment. Music brings a sense of togetherness and harmony (ditto). This year’s Music Sunday is more important than ever. Let’s make our churches a focus of everything that unites us as humans, turning neighbours into friends. Your event could make a difference!” John Rutter FRSCM
Top 5 Suggested Activities
Learn the new piece specially commissioned by the RSCM for Music Sunday 2020
Hymns and Psalms and Sacred Songs by Thomas Hewitt Jones is now available exclusively to RSCM members as a free download, and to members and non-members as printed copies for purchase.Find Out More Here
Hold a Songs of Praise event
Join with other local churches and come together to sing a variety of hymns, possibly from different traditions. These could be interspersed with speakers, readings or prayers.
A Sunday afternoon in June is a splendid time for Afternoon Tea. See our guide below for other events combining refreshments into your event.
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.