Lenexa UMC plans online hymn singalong

David Burke


The name, Linda Stokes says, may be misleading. 

Lenexa UMC’s first “Favorite Hymns Singalong at Home” won’t have the sounds of folks following their favorite tunes. 

Linda Stokes

“We call it a singalong, but it strictly one person singing and doing it at Facebook Live,” said Stokes, the church business administrator. “I’ll be singing at home, but it’s not like it’s through Zoom. It’s not realistic, but we’re having fun.” 

The singalong is from 7-8 p.m. CT Sunday, Jan. 31 on Facebook Live. 

The singing will be led by Liesel Stephens, children’s choir director for the church. 

“We’ve got a big group of people in our church who love to sing, probably like any church, and are really missing that opportunity to sing together,” Stephens said. “We have all sorts of adults who are looking for an opportunity to make music together and raise their voices.” 

After seeing an idea for church social media, the church tried a Christmas carol singalong in December, accompanied by Stephens on guitar. 

“Everybody seemed to really have fun, even though we were singing in our different homes,” Stokes said. “We were chatting online about favorite Christmas carols.” 

Liesel Stephens

Stephens will lead the singing, accompanying herself on guitar or piano. Requests can be made through the event page. 

The church is already planning a February singalong, more family oriented with favorite Vacation Bible School songs. Stokes said the church does not expect to return to in-person worship any time in the near future since Johnson County COVID infection rates continue to be high. 

Stokes said the event was originally organized and ready for Sunday, Jan. 24, but the church changed the date. 

“We somehow thought people in Kansas City might be wanting to do something else,” she said of the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense of the AFC title and return to the Super Bowl, which would have taken place at the same time as the Lenexa church event. 

Contact David Burke, content specialist, at dburke@greatplainsumc.org.


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