Our own Blueprint Church is planning to record an album of eight original songs, with some of them drawn straight from the New Zealand Prayer Book and designed to be used at part of the Eucharist. The album is due to be produced over the coming months – but will only proceed if the funding required to produce it is raised before the 23rd of April.
To produce the album, entitled Reconciled, the church needs to raise a total of $5,400 via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website, and this needs to be achieved by the 23rd of April. If successful, the church’s worship team plans to record the album in St Jude’s Anglican Church in Wellington’s Lyall Bay, which is being prepared for replanting. And the giving is not all one-way – as with most crowdfunding campaigns, the more money you give, the more rewards you receive.
In this case, the rewards can include copies of the music, chord charts so the songs can be played in your church, invitations to the release evening, and even live performances at your church – dependant on the amount given.
Rev Scottie Reeve, leader of Blueprint Church, tells us that as the church has continued to lean into the diocesan family, it continues to explore how to approach the beauty of the Eucharist in its own context. “We sent our worship team off to Ngatiawa River Monastery for a weekend and gave them three different liturgies. We asked them to write some songs that we can use in worship, and some of the songs on the album are the result of this,” Scottie tells us. The album will even have a live recording of the Eucharist at Blueprint Church, in which those songs are used in context.
To find out more or to contribute to the production of Reconciled, click here to go to the album’s Kickstarter crowdfunding website.