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How Does Your Church Sing

Does your church use hymn books, chorus sheets, songs shown on overhead projectors or do you only sing what everyone knows off-by-heart? Do you cater for those who are hard of hearing and have poor eye-sight?

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The church I attend sings songs from the overhead, anywhere from todays worship music to hymnal songs. We have a choir & a couple of pianos,but it's not "rocked out" like some churches I've gone to.As far as the deaf, there is a lady that signs the songs,but mostly it is on the screen.
---candice on 5/13/08

RitaH ... we have large print as well, and also a loop for the hard of hearing.
It would be nice to have someone sigh#ning for the deaf, but we have no-one able to do this.
there is though a church in Bristol which does sign, and it is a jpy yo see the way in which this enables the deaf to join in things, as they themselves sign
---alan_of_UK on 9/25/07

Alan, it sounds as if your church is catering for many needs. That is excellent. I must try to persuade my church to get more large print hymn books. We don't need a Braille one at the moment but it's always possible that a visitor might appreciate one some day. I also wish they would get a few large print bibles as mine is extremely heavy to carry to church and I really struggle with the ones provided.
---RitaH on 9/25/07

I also do sign language to worship songs. It brings out a whole new meaning to the song. Like the song, Shout to the Lord. When done in sign language, it gives a deeper and more spiritualy meaning.
---Rebecca_D on 9/24/07

My church uses OHP with Powerpoint, but also have books for those who prefer these, and we have a Braille copy of the hymn books
---alan_of_UK on 9/24/07

Thanks for the explanations of Powerpoint. I havn't seen that in U.K. Most still use overhead projection (not my church though) and/or hymn books and chorus sheets. I would have a problem with anything other than a book because of my eye sight. If I am in difficulty I can hold that one inch from my nose. Even on the front pews I cannot read the overhead projections. What suits many doesn't suit everyone unfortunately. We should retain the books even when we have the new technology.
---RitaH on 9/24/07

Powerpoint is a computer software program among several which are used in churches. It has been used in the business world for years for presentations and is also used in churches for the singing and teaching. Many denominations use it and project the scriptures on it as well which helps those who have trouble seeing the small printing in the Bible.
---Susie on 9/24/07

Rita: Powerpoint is a computer program in which slides can be made with text and/or pictures, and then projected onto a screen from the computer. It is replacing the old fashioned overheads that teachers and professors used to use.
---Trish9863 on 9/23/07

I can see where you were not saying that this practice is exclusive to charismatics, I guess the wording first led me to believe that was the context.
---Trish9863 on 9/23/07

Trish, I had never heard the term powerpoint until the day before yesterday. Can you explain it to me please? I haven't linked it to any denomination. How could I when I don't know what it means? I did, however, say that I thought that charismatics might prefer overhead projection so that their hands are free. I didn't say that overhead projection is exclusive to them though. Is powerpoint another name for overhead projection??
---RitaH on 9/23/07

Rita: My church is by no means charismatic, and we have been using Powerpoint for years. It is about technology not about denomination.
---Trish9863 on 9/23/07

Our church uses organ, piano, keyboard, drums. tamborines and guitars. We use overheads for the choruses and hymn book for the hymns. We have a state-of-the-art system for hearing aid wearers. They can sit in three specific rows and turn their hearing aids to a particular channel and hear the service clearly. And, we are an old-time pentecostal church which still operates in the Holy Ghost gifts.
---Susie on 9/22/07

Whatever works for each church. Most Catholic churches use hymals, but some have also used overhead projection, and others fancier means. We often also have an accompanying choir (big or small).

My grandmother always said that if you do not like the voice God gave you, give it back to Him in song during Mass. It was her way of saying that everyone should participate by singing.
---lorra8574 on 9/22/07

My church uses hymn books, then we put the cds of what songs we want to sing for the church members, and we cater to everybody that needs to be catered to.
---ANN on 9/22/07

Power point has nothing to do with denomination-it's just technology being used to make it easier for people and it's cheaper than buying hymnals for a 2000 member church.
I think power point is cool and by no means "charismatic". I have seen a Methodist church and Baptist church use them too. It just appeals to the younger crowds- that's all.
Why must everything be a denominational issue?
By the way, the words to hymns are put on powerpoint too.
---Michelle on 9/22/07

If you go to uTube and on search...Paul Wilbur,you can see how our church worships but not on quite such a grand scale.
---Virginia on 9/22/07

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I think that the use of overhead projection has become more popular in charismatic churches than it has in others. I'm guessing that the reason is because they like to have their hands free to raise whilst singing. A year or so ago I visited a charismatic church 3 times - they used neither books nor projection but did offer me a sheet with about 12 songs on it when they saw I wasn't singing. On the third visit the pastor said "Now put that down, you should know them all by now." !!!! .
---RitaH on 9/22/07

yes we have a hymnal book in our own language.We are just singing in simple way we have no sound system no other equipment for singing.

Many can't hear many can't see but no means.
---natha78857 on 9/22/07

It is just the background music with no words at all. No, it is just us four girls. Every now and then we will get singers from another church to come and sing. I am called to sing, so it doesn't bother me to sing every service.
---Rebecca_D on 9/21/07

Trinity Church of Cedar Hill Texas- worship band, with a worship choir, praise team and power point for the words. We also have interpreters for the dear and spanish translators that speak to our spanish speaking brothers and sisters through an ear piece.
---Michelle on 9/21/07

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Rebecca,do you mean that you use a backing track of the music that you sing along to or do you join in and sing with people who are singing on the soundtrack? Is it just the four of you who sing or is that just a part of the service and the congregation sing together in another part of the service?
---RitaH on 9/21/07

i have gone to three churches which use overhead transparencies to sing with.i prefer hymnals.something to stand up and hold while you sing.some churches whom do this do not have church organists,too.davidg3387
---dave_gustafson on 9/21/07

The church uses a computer projection system for all phases of worship. All of the United Methodist Hymnals are on Power Point. The entire service is a power point presentation. Projection is on a white wall on at the front of the church the display operator changes each display at the proper time during the hymns and during liturgy and sermons. The display is large and bright enough the most visually impaired members use the display instead of the hymenal.
---notlaw99 on 9/21/07

our church used hymn books with a organist..we have a choir.
---irene7395 on 9/21/07

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My church doesn't use hymn books at all. We use soundtracks from Southern Gospel music. I mostly buy the songs that touch my heart and me and three other girls sing them at church.
---Rebecca_D on 9/21/07

Our church uses old fashioned hymn books and sometimes chorus sheets (some in large print) but never overhead projection. We have a loop system for those with hearing aids but no-one to sign if we ever had someone who was totally deaf. The reason I asked is because churches use overhead projection exclusively these days and have discarded their hymn books. This is a huge problem for me with poor sight and not knowing their hymns. Very few churches seem to provide large print books and bibles.
---RitaH on 9/21/07

We have a praise and worship team/choir that sings the songs. We know the songs and we sing and worship along. We use all instruments and lift up the name of Jesus. I play a timbrel/maracha along with the praise team, out in the audience.We have a hallelujah good time. Dancing,praising,worshipping our God.
---Robyn on 9/21/07

My church uses the overhead projector with mostly modern praise and worship songs, or arrangements of traditional hymns that are more upbeat and modern.

I am not sure that we have had a need expressed for people with hearing or vision difficulties.
---Trish9863 on 9/20/07

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We use an overhead, but in a spirit-filled church if you don't know the words. You can just close your eyes and sing in the Spirit.
---Andrea on 9/20/07

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