Thursday, May 17, 2012

Going "green" in leading worship

I lead worship music for my church’s Sunday service twice a month, and my team is mostly junior high, high school, and/or college students except for me and Captain Caffeine. (The Captain plays electric guitar, I play acoustic guitar.)

One Sunday, one of my high school singers arrived at church and instead of bringing printed out pages with the lyrics, she had the music on her iPad. I thought that was brilliant!

So this past Sunday, I took the chord sheets (they have the lyrics and the guitar chords on top of the words where you change chords) and put them all in one document. Then I made the document into a .pdf file and loaded it into the iBooks app on my iPad.

I had my iPad on the music stand during service and used that instead of sheet music. It worked great! I had to make sure my iPad’s settings had it falling “asleep” at 15 minutes and not 5 minutes, or else I would spend time needing to wake up and unlock my iPad, and I didn’t want to do that in the middle of a song!

The only thing I need to be more careful of is to make sure the music is correct. I realized that I have corrections on the paper sheets that I’ve made before, and since I reuse my paper sheets, I just had the corrections there, but they weren’t on the electronic versions. So now I have to make sure my electronic versions are up to date. :)

What do you think? Now I’m trying to brainstorm other ways I can use my iPad instead of paper.

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