We’ve seen God do amazing things at this church through the worship; there’s been some amazing times of God’s presence, stories of healing, and our relationships with God ignited and restored.
It's our job as Team members to help facilitate this as best we can. So we're always looking for ways to do this better. If you’re interested in getting involved in any of the Worship/Sound/Visuals Teams here, then take your pick and fill a form out for us.
It's a real honour to be able to do this, a blessing and a privilege. But it's also a responsibility we have to carry. Musicality and technical excellence are essential and important aspects of the job. But servant heartedness, good character, honesty, humility and integrity are all just as important.
Come and talk to us, we want to do what we can to find the right place for you and encourage you in your talent and gifting, so come and say hello. Take a read of our Vineyard Worship Values below to see where we're coming from as a church movement. What is our purpose in worship? What are we trying to achieve? Thanks!
Vineyard Worship Values
When it comes to worship in the Vineyard there are three main values that we hold dear. These values underpin our approach to worship, both in the spiritual sense in how we conduct our everyday lives and also in the practical expression of our worship through the writing and recording of songs.
Intimacy in worship is one of the foundations of the Vineyard movement. When John and Carol Wimber and others began meeting in a home in 1977 in California, they gathered because they were hungry to meet with God. And so, for years Vineyard worship around the world has been marked by songs that are simple expressions of love and devotion. The Bible is full of accounts of intimate worship. As David looked after the sheep he sang intimate songs to the Lord. He continued when he became king of Israel. The woman in Luke 7 worshipped intimately as she poured perfume on the feet of Jesus. Intimacy will always be our highest calling and aim in this life and then, when we pass on to the other side, it’s only going to get better.
If there ever was a time when people are looking for integrity in leaders, that time is now. It is evident that people are expecting trustworthiness in all of life, and are not quite so willing to separate the private from the public. Integrity simply means wholeness, naturalness, the condition of being undivided. A consistency between private and public life. Amos 5:23 ‘Away with your hymns of praise – they are mere noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely.’ We need to face the truth that if we don’t have integrity God hates our worship! There is such protection in this truth. God doesn’t want us to come to Him as we think we should be, but as we are. And if as we are is not pleasing to Him and not in line with His Word, them we cry out for his mercy to change us. That’s all He asks of us.
In the past few years our society has made huge strides to make public places more accessible to those with special needs. People with wheelchairs, hearing difficulties and the like can enjoy more events and places than ever before. Sometimes as leaders, we need to ask some of the same questions that brought about change in the places we live: Is our worship accessible for all, or is it only accessible for those who artistically able and mystical? Making worship accessible sometimes means that we need something called restraint in worship. Restraint is picking songs that will say what the majority of the people gathered want to say to God; Restraint is the discipline not to play or sing all the time – if you fill in the spaces with ‘your stuff’ the music cannot breath and the congregation feels overwhelmed. Restraint is the realization that the notes you don’t play are just as important as the ones you do. Restraint is not adding tons of embellishments to a song that others cannot follow or sing.
Restraint isn’t necessarily easy and it doesn’t always feel good to you as a worship leader and musician. But it is right. If we lose accessibility, we will lose the people.
'Remain in me, and I will remain in You' John 15v4. When we draw into God, He draws near to us. We expect God to move in our worship times. To show himself to us and speak to us. We can be confident of His presence and His power. Every time of worship is different, we aim to be flexible and allow God the space and freedom to do what he wants to do in the service. And we're excited to see what that is!
We come to God with passion and devotion. Fuelled by an authentic love of God and relationship with Him. We lay it all down.