Music and Arts Festival slated for June

Territory to celebrate Live Music 2020 success

This summer the Central Territory will celebrate the  Live Music in Worship in Every Corps by 2020 (LM2020) initiative with a Music and Arts Festival, June 12-14, 2020. The event will showcase success stories from each division, feature many of the territory’s best music and arts groups, honor those engaged in providing worship in their corps and adult rehabilitation centers, and encourage a commitment to expand the training of local leaders to sustain live music in worship.

Since 2011 the territory has engaged members of our worshipping communities in music and arts, emphasizing the quality of Sunday morning worship matters in every corps, adult rehabilitation center and Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, recognizing not only the difference it makes for individuals but entire congregations.

The Music and Arts Festival will be filled with opportunities for worship, fellowship and learning. You won’t want to miss interactive gatherings like The Gospel Experience, a form of Jesus Theater ministry engaging the entire audience, or Worship Circles, an uninterrupted time of praise and prayer open to instrumentalists and worshippers. Other concurrent programs will feature corps musicians, artists and dancers and an opportunity to see and hear the winners of the online Territorial Solo Competition.

Among the amazing vocal groups featured during the weekend will be the newly formed Central Territorial Songsters. In addition, a United Chorus composed of Salvationists from across the territory will take center stage. The chorus is open to anyone in the territory; look for three opportunities to rehearse its items with the International Staff Songsters as they tour the territory in April. The festival itinerary also will include a United Kroc Youth Choir.

Both the keynote Friday evening and the Saturday evening sessions will celebrate LM2020 success stories and ensembles from across the Midwest. The Saturday morning session will feature youthful music and artists, including the Territorial Youth Band, Territorial Youth Chorus and the Territorial Worship Collective.

The Chicago Staff Band, the Bill Booth Theater Company and the Singing Company will contribute throughout the weekend. There also will be a few surprise “flash” events mingled around the five united meetings that you won’t want to miss!

The weekend will culminate with a Sunday morning family worship experience which will include the Commissioning and Ordination of the Messengers of the Kingdom session of cadets. The festival will conclude that afternoon with a Sending Out meeting that will include charges to music and arts local leaders and the territory’s Summer Mission Teams and the appointments of the new lieutenants.

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