Why Music & Worship Arts Week is a great opportunity for young adults

By Blaine Russell

Blaine RussellMy name is Blaine Russell. I am the Director of Music at Fletcher United Methodist Church in Fletcher, NC, and I have been a member of The Fellowship for about three years.

I heard about Music & Worship Arts Week from some other music ministers that I knew, and so I decided to give it a shot and attended for the first time in 2015. I went by myself and had no idea who I would see and what I would be doing. I quickly crossed paths with friends and colleagues from various times in my life: musicians at churches I had attended as a child in Mississippi, people I had met in my college days at High Point University and Shenandoah Conservatory, and many others.

I understood at that point the greater community that is created by The Fellowship and why I felt that I needed to be a part of it.

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Why Music & Worship Arts Week is worth the investment

NOTE: This article originally appeared in the March/April 2018 issue of WorshipArts magazine.

By Kathy Richie Toole, MWAW 2018 Design Team Chair

Kathy TooleEach year, there is a migration into the heart of the mountains of North Carolina of church musicians, choir members, dancers, handbell ringers, visual artists, worship committee members, pastors and more. Cutting across generations, children, youth and adults all find a place to explore and grow at The Fellowship’s Music & Worship Arts Week, as they practice their particular passions in worship arts with others. New relationships with people and with nature are formed, others are renewed.

In this time, set aside, the Spirit moves – breaking through to our spirits in worship, rehearsal, and around the table, offering encouragement, new visions, and challenges.

This summer, we will set aside June 24-29 as our time together at Lake Junaluska as we Encounter Jesus through our worship, our rehearsing, and, of course, our fellowship together.

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