The website, Uplift, recently featured an article entitled, The Neuroscience of Singing. In the article it talks about how, when we sing, the neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways and that singing is really good for you. The research also shows that group singing triggers the communal release of serotonin and oxytocin, the bonding hormone and even synchronizes the beating of the hearts of the members of the group. How does all this happen? I’ll leave the explaining to my niece who is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at Stanford. We also know that music has the ability to get in touch with memories and events in our past. Last year we applied for and received a New Ministries grant to start a herapeutic singing group for people with dementia and those who care for them.
The Ok Chorale, as this new group will be called, will begin singing on February 6th in the choir room. Karen Skipper, who directs the Tremble Clefs and is a board certified music therapist, will be directing the Chorale. There are many opportunities to be involved with this new ministry. We are looking for people who would come sing with the group. We are also looking for volunteers to watch the doors and assist the caregivers. The group meets in the choir room, Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:30. If you would be willing to help out contact the church office or just show up.
Blessings to you and your family in 2019.
See you in Church,