Don't try to highlighter your singing skills at Nursing homes. I had to laugh the other day I was setting up music for the nursing home. As i was set-up things started to fall apart real fast. The therpist before I even got started turn my microphone way down. I could barley hear myself. Then as where all singing a long the other NA turns down the PA for the music. So here you have everthing turned down I couldn't even hear myself sing. So I just played a long sang at a very soft voice along with people told the people they needed to help me sing. Here my pastor told me to turn the music up. People act like there not at themselves. Well I heard some very good singing from several of them. This is the first for me but I could tell they had fun anyway one of the elderly ladies was laughing about it and told me thanks. :)

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Comment by Greg Moore on September 20, 2010 at 5:33am
At a nursing home you just live with whatever is there! -- sounds like you have won their hearts -- next time it may be easier to get a good volume level. But the ministry is worth it even if you're total acoustic (actually, you'll have more freedom if you don't bother with microphones). Getting them to sing is a big plus, at the rest home AND at church. What sort of music do you do?
Comment by The Soakers House on September 20, 2010 at 5:41am
Thanks for your imput. Im doing there classic hymnals like a Karoake thing just the piano music midis. Didn't bring my guitar thought it would be to loud. The last time my wife was on piano and I was on guitar. But I wanted to do the classic music just fro them so I made tapes. My wife was off to workat headstart. I haven't got to singing any specials of songs I wrote. Figure I'd just let it be about God and there relationship with him.
Comment by Greg Moore on September 20, 2010 at 6:44am
When it's about God and their relationship with Him, you can't get better.

I might also ask if you are presenting a Service (worship time), or if you also have a role in entertainment, ministering to the whole person (typically done on other times than Sunday). Songs from Rogers & Hammerstein, old bluegrass and folk songs, classical music, love songs near Valentine's Day -- these can work deep within the heart, and provide a touch point with the residents.
Comment by The Soakers House on September 21, 2010 at 8:25pm
Its Chapel time from our church I fill in for our Pastor on Wednesday Mornings 10:00 a.m. when he can't attend. I'm and ordained minsiter myself and we do services in rotation with the local ministral Association and other churche's in the local area.


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