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 Frances Hart’s responses with the SPC community!
  • Staff: Frances Hart
  • Position: Music Ministries Assistant
  • Start Date: March 2016

Q&A with Frances

Coming to work each day at Shallowford is a ministry for me and not just a job. Whether it is in my home office or in my cubicle on campus, I look forward to serving the SPC staff and congregation through my work with Emily, Anne, Bradley, and Landon. For the past five years, I have primarily worked with our Music programs. In 2020, Shallowford expanded my role to include Children and Youth programs. The additional tasks bring me closer to the SPC families I have come to love in our choirs. When I think of ‘going to work’,  I realize that my passion for church music led me to this place where my retirement years are filled with purpose and passion.

My work week at Shallowford is 25 hours of various administrative tasks to support our Music, Children, and Youth programs.

Depending on the week you can find me completing the following tasks!

  • Routine paperwork (invoices, Realm updates, expense reports),
  • Music prep,
  • Filing music, and
  • Trip or event planning.

I prioritize my time based on what is happening each week. Even during Pandemic Time, my weeks were stacked with projects that help organize our departments efficiently.

When we were sent home in March 2020, two projects jumped to the top of our ‘to-do’ list that could be done at home:  Music Department Process Manual and Music Library.   
  1. Music Department Process Manual: I wrote a process manual for the Music Department which includes all instruction and policy for our choirs (Chancel, JOY Chorale, Chapel, Children, Bells, Instrumentalists). This manual includes tasks such as: music preparation, filing, trip planning, Child Protection and Consent, purchasing and invoicing, expense reports, roster maintenance, and many other tasks as they arise. I am continuing this project for Children, Youth, and Child Protection.
  2. Music Library: I was able to record and organize ALL of our music. This includes Children’s music in the Joyful Noise Library as well as our Choral, Service Music, Instrumental, Master Works, and Bell Music found in the Music Library.  Our music is fully numbered, recorded, and organized both electronically (Excel) and physically. There is a master list system which is available on our share drive, printed copies on the door in the library, and a card catalog for our choral pieces. These are available to anyone needing to locate music by location, title, or composer/arranger.

What brings me the most joy in my work here at Shallowford is being able to be with the people of Shallowford. The people, both congregation and staff, provide an endless source of Joy and Love for me regardless of what task I am doing.

I managed a 20-unit apartment complex for the blind in Mississippi. During the course of this position, I had to learn ASL, (American Sign Language for the Deaf), to communicate with our blind-deaf residents. Our residents, including my husband, worked for a plastics manufacturing company largely operated by blind employees. Watching our deaf/blind clients communicate and argue in ASL was perhaps the most entertaining part of this experience!

  • Frances wants to know…

What is your favorite park to walk? I’m always looking for new outdoor adventures.”