Speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord.
–Ephesians 5:19 (NCV)
The music-centered camp provided students in grades 3 through 10 opportunities to practice with professional music instructors in private and group lessons and to experience how they can apply their musical gifts to praising God. Instruction included solo and ensemble singing, band instruments, piano, guitar, wind instruments, strings and drums. African drums instruction was especially popular with the children.
Church Music Director James Story and Carol Johnson co-directed the event. James, who also provided piano instruction, described the camp as a showcase for the next generation of church musicians. Carol, instrumental band director, added that the camp showed students who may participate in their school bands ways they can use their gifts for worship.
The camp was designed to be safe as well as fun and instructional for the students. The MCAC complied with the Center of Disease Control’s COVID-19 protection guidelines and the church’s Safe Sanctuaries requirements. A $25 registration fee was requested to help cover all learning opportunities, lunches, snacks and T-shirts; however, the church subsidized the cost of the camp held in the church building. The church also provided scholarships for students who might not be able to afford the registration fee. More than 20 trained volunteers assisted with the week’s activities.
Gallatin First United Methodist Church expanded its music program in 2018 to include the Master’s Creative Arts Camp for children and youth. The camp’s mission is to enrich lives and train the next generation of church musicians. The camp had to be canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.