Suggestions for choir retention?
Date: January 12, 2013
This has been my first year at a smallish/medium Methodist church. We have the same problem that a lot of smaller town churches have, which is that the same great people do everything. I have a small but very competent sanctuary choir who's pretty dedicated to getting an anthem performed each week. However, I would love to get more members in (I KNOW other people in the congregation sing...) so that this responsibility doesn't rest so heavily on my 8 person choir.
Also, there's been a children's choir on and off at the church for a while and it's been tasked to me to make this a really solid institution. The Christmas musical is over and went extremely well, and I really need some help keeping things fun and exciting so the kids don't lose interest. I've already had a couple of kids drop now that Christmas is over and I don't want the "drop out disease" to become contagious. I'm decent with the kids, but I'm FAR better with the adults.
So two pretty different questions:
1. How do I convince more adults to be involved?
2. How to I keep my elementary age kids entertained enough to make choir "cool?"