9:00 a.m. - 06. Singing our Faith: Building Community
Friday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m.
In this seminar Heidi Epp will be leading us in hymns gathered from Christian communities around the world, connecting how singing together, reflecting our diversity, centering on Christ, builds us as a community.
Heidi Epp grew up in a Mennonite family where family, faith, community and music were all valued and nurtured. She has been an active music and choral educator/conductor in the secular community as well as the Christian community. She is a very active piano teacher with her own private studio. She also teaches music for the Heritage Christian Home School organization in Chilliwack. She is currently entering her 8th season as the Artistic Director of the Richmond Youth Honour Choir. Heidi is also very excited to be one of the founders of the Yarrow Choral and Performing Arts Society and as the Artistic Director and conductor launching the Fraser Valley Children’s Chorus this fall! It is fair to say that she is well acquainted with the entrepreneurial spirit!
She has been a regular worship leader in her local church, both musically and liturgically. Heidi is frequently invited as a guest worship leader and/or workshop leader for a variety of worship arts at both a provincial and national level. Writing material and preparing for worship, as well as encouraging and supporting others in their gifts and passions, especially the expression of their faith is one of her favorite vocations . . . after being a mom to her 16-year-old daughter.
It is Heidi’s deep conviction that choral singing is a profound metaphor for what it means to be the living body of Christ, a community of faith. “We cannot sing in harmony alone any more than we can be the body of Christ alone.” Learning to listen is primary in both. The way we tune into our voice as well as to the voices around us reflects our collective tone and beauty. The way we tune into a dissonant chord or interval, shapes the value of the tension leading to resolution. That same “tuning of the heart” is what we need to engage in the natural tensions we have as a body of faith, or in our working communities. If we can do so, tensions that threaten to lead to fracture, division and isolation, can become places of creativity and inspiration, leading to new understandings, growth, beauty, a thriving community. This is why singing together in worship is so important. When we sing in harmony together we are practising and “tuning” into the very “Christ-like” principles that make for a healing, creative, thriving community of faith as Christ’s living body and as a community of people.