The Christian Church was born in song. After the Last Supper, Matthew 26:30 tells us: ‘When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.’ And we have never stopped singing ever since thank God! It is with a sense of awe that we publish this latest edition of Hymns Old & New, realising afresh that we are part of such a unique history.
The title, One Family, Hymns Old & New for All Ages, reflects our belief that the Church should stand for an inclusive approach to all people, regardless of age, race or gender.
To support this approach:
• Many of the tunes in One Family have been lowered to ensure they can be easily sung by everyone, even those with the lowest voices.
• One Family has 789 traditional and modern hymns and worship songs. This includes more than 120 fine new texts, many of which have been set to well-known tunes, which means they can be slotted into a Service without rehearsal.
• Texts have been carefully chosen and edited so that their language is inclusive, and archaic forms have been avoided where possible.