Singing the Circle Wide – October 27, 2018

Hi Londoners
Here is the invitation to the event in Waterloo. We will be arranging car pooling nearer the event time. Please bring your registration form and event fee ($20 cash) to our Tuesday evening Sing & Learn (at Trinity).

Registration Form | “Singing the Circle Wide”

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to invite you to “Singing the Circle Wide”, being held on October 27, 2018.

This day long Inshallah sponsored event for individuals and groups, will include an Inshallah rehearsal, workshops and a song festival, featuring songs from Sing the Circle Wide: Songs of faith from around the world. We will be sharing Inshallah’s experience with you by exploring and experiencing the songs and their contexts; different ways of working with the songs; a shared leadership model; and practical and gracious organizational practices.

Since launching the songbook, Sing the Circle Wide:Songs of faith from around the world, in the fall of 2016, we have been thrilled with the response of the community to this resource. Singing groups, community singing circles, church choirs and song leaders have all found this a valuable resource. Many of you using Sing the Circle Wide have asked questions – and this day is in response to those questions. We hope you will come and join us, sing with us, learn along side of us, and go back to your own community with ideas and maybe even a few more questions. As members of Inshallah, we find the more we sing our circle wider – the more we keep learning and asking questions. We invite you along on the journey.

You are receiving this information as you are the person we have as a contact person for your organization. If there is someone else that this should be sent to, please feel free to forward the information.

Keep reading for more information – Schedule, Workshop topics, Registration Forms and some practical information concerning the day. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kathryn Smith at We look forward to being with you.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Place: Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 per person (includes a lunch of homemade soup and bread, and dessert)

9:00 – Registration and Gathering Time
9:30 – Rehearsal – Experience Inshallah’s “Tuesdays at 5”
10:30 – Debrief – What did you notice?
10:50 – Break
11:15 – Workshops
12:30 – Lunch (included)
1:30 – “Singing the Circle Wide” Song Festival

There are 7 different workshops being offered. Registrants may choose one of the workshops. You will find a full listing of the workshops on the attached registration form.
We suggest that if there is a number of people coming from one group, you may want to consider people attending different workshops, and then sharing the information with each other.
Workshop subjects include: Shared leadership and the experience of being a singing group leader, Copyright research and reporting, Instrumentalist helps and tips, Hospitality and keeping organized, Indigenous spaces, Panel Discussion on the impact of singing global song, and Movement and Signing.

The registration form is attached. Here are a few details to assist you.
1. Have each person fill out their own registration form.
2. Each person will attend one workshop. We ask that you choose three workshops in order of preference: 1 = first choice, 2 = second choice, 3 = third choice.
3. Workshops will be assigned in the order that the registration form and payment is received. Payment must accompany the registration form.
4. Send the completed registration form(s) and payment to Sue Frid, 313 Glenridge Drive, Waterloo, ON, N2J 3W6. You can send multiple registration forms together in the same envelope.

Other Details
Songbooks: Bring your Sing the Circle Wide songbooks. For those of you who do not yet have a songbook, they will be available for purchase for $25.00. For those of you just checking things out – there will be a few books available to borrow for the day. Inshallah CD’s will also be available for purchase.

Parking: Waterloo North Mennonite Church has a large amount of parking available, but we do suggest that you carpool – so you can sing together and to help preserve our planet.

Nursery: There is an unsupervised nursery available for use during the day. If you are planning on using the nursery, please ensure you stay with your child at all times.

If you have any other questions – please contact Kathryn Smith at: or 519-822-4097.

Kathryn Smith (Inshallah Waterloo)