Throughout the next few months we will highlight Shallowford staff members in an effort to build community and educate our church family. This week we are excited to share Anne Thomas’s responses with the SPC community!
My busiest days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I spend most of Tuesday finalizing plans for our virtual Music Time with the Westminster Singers at 4:30 p.m., and the Cherubs and Trinity Choir at 5:30 p.m. These Music Times are the highlights of my week. The kids have a wonderful energy and it’s a perfect time to send (and receive) the message of God’s love for each of us!
On Wednesdays, we have offered FAITH (Fine Arts In The House) classes which have included Bucket Drumming, Creative Movement, Handbells, and Creative Time with Landon. Bucket drumming has become a crowd favorite and has had participants for every session we offered. I mean, who doesn’t love making a joyful noise to the Lord?!
During this time, I have been forced to learn new ways to make and share music. The days of standing shoulder to shoulder, listening intently to one another to make a corporate, beautiful, soaring sound under the leadership of a music director has been postponed. Instead, we meet virtually and learn our music (together yet separate) in our own little bubbles. My favorite projects have been creating virtual choir videos of the music we have learned in this way. I loved creating the video of A Lenten Love Song by Helen Kemp which is the story of Jesus praying to God the night before his crucifixion. We had 10 children participate and it was incredibly special to hear this story sung by our young people.
Hearing the Shallowford kids sing songs about our Lord and knowing that God is imprinting scripture and Bible stories deep in their hearts. That is what brings me joy as your Director of Children’s Choirs.