Before the pandemic, our group from Kettle Falls Seventh-day Adventist Church used to go once a month after church to sing to two local nursing homes. The event included instruments, special music and a worship thought. The residents enjoyed singing while following along in the songbooks. Some just enjoyed listening to the singing.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, we missed doing this outreach ministry. This brought up the idea to record the singing on DVDs to circulate among the residents of the nursing homes to watch and sing along.
Following church service one Sabbath this winter, the nursing home group got together. Church children made cards for the residents. Then we spread out into five family groups in the church and sang some songs. There was also a beautiful special music on a harp and a solo by one of the children.
One of the members livestreamed the program so her sons across the country could watch. She invited others to watch the recording too. It turned out several people from all over joined the singalong. Some have not been able to attend in-person church since the start of the pandemic about a year ago, and they said it was such a blessing.
We really wanted to take to heart Ps.108:3–4: “I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.”
It was a wonderful blessing for us to sing together and bless others with our music. We enjoyed it so much we have decided to get together once a month, as we once did before the pandemic, and record our singing. We can share the DVDs to the nursing homes, let people join us via livestream and distribute the recordings to anyone who would like a singalong DVD of hymns.