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 In This Issue: August 2003 
   Discussion forum off to a great start
   Writing songs for children
   "Get into the Word" - coming soon!
   Special offers in the FW Online shop
   Summer Report
   Song by email facility
 Discussion forum off to a great start
We're really pleased with the activity on the new online FW discussion forum. 76 users have regsitered so far, and the topics discussed have ranged from ideas for all-age services, children in communion, the older generations in church life, and copyright laws.

If you haven't visited the forum yet, do check it out. You don't even have to register to post, so do take the opportunity to interact with other worship leaders, pastors, children's workers, parents, etc.

Check out the new discussion forum

FW Discussion Forum
 "Get into the Word" - coming soon!
We're finalising plans for the release of our new album, "Get into the Word", which features 10 great new songs for children on the theme of the Bible. We're aiming for an October release, and as well as the CD (which will include free .pdf sheet music for all the songs) we are writing a teaching booklet to accompany the CD.

You can check out a sneak preview of the title track, "Get into the Word", from the front page of the FW website now, and we'll be adding previews of more of the songs over the coming weeks leading up to the release.

Hear the title track now

Hear Get into the Word now
 Summer Report
It's been a busy summer for FW - here's a brief rundown on what Mike & Chris have been up to:

Ichthus Worship Conference - Mike was involved in the planning of the conference, hosted by Graham Kendrick, and it was a great time, with input from Mike Pilavachi, Tim Hughes and Stuart Townend. You can hear free audio files of their teaching at http://www.ichthus.org.uk/worship

Trip to Bulgaria - Chris spent 10 days as part of a mission team to Bulgaria, serving a local church there on a houseparty.

London Bible College Worship Summer School - Mike was part of the teaching staff for this week-long event - details of his sessions are available now on the FW site.

Revive - the annual Ichthus camp last week was a great time, and while Mike had a year off from ministry, that meant Chris was twice as busy, leading worship at the family times each morning as well as for the "Popcorn" children's programme. Especially popular was "Be a doer" - one of his new songs from the forthcoming album, "Get into the Word"

Chris is away this week on the Ichthus Overseas Workers' conference, helping with the kids programme.

Check out the teaching from the LBC Worship Summer School

Teaching from the Worship Summer School
 Writing songs for children
One of the sessions at the London Bible College Worship Summer School that I was asked to take was "How to write worship songs for children". As part of my preparation, I surfed the net to see what resources might already be out there, and found very little.

Perhaps writing children's worship songs is perceived as something of a niche or speciality, but personally I'd love to see more "mainstream" writers also providing kids material (maybe they would worry that it would damage their street cred?!)

The notes that I put together for the seminar are available on the FW site now, and if you are a songwriter, let me encourage you to write some children's songs - this generation deserves the very best you have to offer.

Check the teaching notes on writing songs for children

Teaching notes on writing songs for children
 Special offers in the FW Online shop
There are 2 great offers on at present:

1. If you buy the latest CD, FW4, Rising Generation (fetauring 23 songs), along with the FW compilation songbook (featuring 100 songs) then you'll save 6 off the price of buying them separately.

2. If you buy the CD of FW3, Fire & Rain, which is just 3 (yes, really!) then you also get the FW3 songbook absolutely free. Just order the CD from the "FW CD's and cassettes" section and you'll automatically also be sent the songbook.

If you're not in the UK, then to see prices in your own currency, visit the shop and click the link in the bottom left corner. We ship worldwide, and receive many orders from the US, Canada, Australian, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.

Visit the FW Shop for these special offers

Check out the offers in the FW shop
 Song by email facility
If you've tried to request any songs recently using the "song-by-email" facility then you'll have found it's not working. We recently moved to a new server, and are in the process of upgrading the facility to make it even easier to request individual songs to be sent to your email address - sheet music, lyrics, guitar chords, etc.

We hope to have the facility ready during September, and in the meanwhile, you can of course download all our songs directly from the Songs and Album pages.

Check out the Songs pages

This newsletter is written by Mike Burn and is published by Family Worship Resources, part of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, London, UK.
Copyright 2003, Mike Burn.

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