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Giving Voice

Giving Voice is about people, joy, and how the two come together through song. By working alongside people with Alzheimer's & dementia, their care partners, and volunteers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Meetinghouse Church partners with Giving Voice to provide musical opportunities in places where it’s truly impactful.

Giving Voice Crosstown is a chorus for people experiencing dementia along with their caregivers that gathers at Meetinghouse Church. This chorus is open to anyone who would enjoy singing together, whether connected to our congregation or not. Our chorus was inspired by the Giving Voice Chorus organization and began meeting in September of 2021. We had singers from across the Twin Cities who joined us for rehearsals and two very fun and enjoyable concerts in December 2021 and May 2022.

Many people with Alzheimer’s can enjoy choral singing and gain health benefits from it well after other opportunities for creating, learning, and enjoying friends seem out of reach. Music has proved to be a healthy experience for those living with dementia. Music lifts our spirits as we engage in singing. Caregivers benefit from singing as well. It is fun and it is good for us – what is better than that?

On August 21, two of our members, Kris Henderson and Sally Manhard, will share their story as to why they got involved with this important ministry and the impact it has had on them.

Mark your calendars as we begin our second season. You can learn more by joining us as singers and/or volunteers at the following upcoming events:

Summer Sing Along (Thursday, August 25 at 10:00am (Hearth Room – Refreshments Provided)

Open House (Thursday, September 15 at 10:00am (Hearth Room – Refreshments Provided)

We have several opportunities to get involved (some with no singing required!):

  • * Singer companion (attend weekly rehearsals and get to know our singers and caregivers, providing friendship as well as singing support)
    * Reception host (set up, attend, and clean up after our post-rehearsal treat time to greet our singers and volunteers)
    * Concert host (help to set up, attend, and clean up after our December and May concerts)
    * Reception treat donor (bring treats for one or more of our weekly rehearsals or a concert)

Interested in volunteering? Email Barb Halvorson at givingvoice@meetinghouse.church to get started.

In order to reduce barriers to participating, this year we will not require registration fees from our singers. Therefore, donations have become even more important to our ministry. The costs to keep the Giving Voice Chorus going include compensation for our chorus director and accompanist, practice recordings to aid our singers, purchased music, and other supplies.

You can donate by making a check payable to Meetinghouse Church (“Giving Voice Crosstown” in the memo line), giving via Pushpay and selecting Giving Voice, or by contributing financially at any of the concerts.

Learning that you or a loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s is not easy to hear and yet it is a reality for so many. We invite you to join us in prayer for Giving Voice:

  • * that Giving Voice Crosstown Chorus will be known as a place for friendship, support, and joy for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
  • * for a fun, inviting Summer Sing Along.
  • * that more people will find their way to Giving Voice Crosstown and find joy in participating.
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