Hymn Sings

Singing together is one of the treasured experiences of Mennonite and Brethren life. The interweaving of voices in harmony reflects the cooperative community that Anabaptist Christians seek to practice. In a cappella singing, the music depends on the participation of each voice — all of us breathing together, listening and tuning to one another.

A few local churches have hymn sings scheduled for 2020. Do you know of additional hymn sings that should be listed? If so, please send the information to web editor Forrest Moyer at moyerf@mhep.org.

July 15, 2020 – Wednesday – 7pm
Souderton Mennonite Church
105 W Chestnut St, Souderton
“Christmas in July” Hymn Sing – Singing all our favorite Christmas Carols/Hymns followed by holiday themed refreshments. Held outside in the parking lot. All are welcome!

December 2020
Franconia Mennonite Church

613 Harleysville Pike, Telford
Advent Hymn Sing (date to be determined)

December 13, 2020 – Sunday – 4pm
Historic Klein Meetinghouse

Maple Ave, Harleysville (between YMCA and Peter Becker Community)
Indian Creek Church of the Brethren hosts a Christmas Carol-Sing. Folks are invited to join us for an old-fashioned gathering to celebrate the Christmas Season through song. Light refreshments are served after the service.

A few local congregations sing a cappella regularly on Sunday mornings:
Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville (9:00 a.m.)
Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen (9:30 a.m.)
Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown (10:10 a.m.)
Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield (10:15 a.m.)
Germantown Mennonite Church, Philadelphia (11:00 a.m.)

An example of singing at Blooming Glen:

Conservative Mennonite congregations always sing a cappella (visitors are welcome; be aware that men and women sit separately):
Indian Creek Mennonite Church, 637 Harleysville Pike, Telford (9:00 a.m.)
Haycock Mennonite Church, 1635 Mission Rd, Quakertown (9:15 a.m.)
Lansdale Mennonite Church, 520 York Ave, Lansdale (9:30 a.m.)

Indian Creek Mennonite Church hosts an evening hymn sing whenever there’s a fifth Sunday in a month.

Singing typical of conservative Mennonite churches:

There are regular Sacred Harp singings throughout our region. Visit pennsylvaniasacredharp.com for information. This is four-part singing with melody in the tenor, as it was taught in singing schools throughout America in the 19th century. It was in these schools that Mennonites and Brethren learned to sing in harmony.

The Sacred Harp community is enthusiastic, welcoming and diverse, including urban hipsters, plain folks, and everyone in between. All-day singings usually include a potluck lunch.

There are many Sacred Harp videos on Youtube, including this brief overview: