“Praise in the Park” – with no paper!

Practice session before Praise in the Park

Every year the churches in our town enjoy “Praise in the Park” at the end of a mission week held by the JAM (Jesus and Me) Club in East Kilbride.

Here’s how Power Music made the event so much less stressful for the worship musicians leading the praise.

 

James Hamilton Heritage Park on a sunny day!

The event is held in the beautiful James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride.

During┬áthe week a large marquee tent is used for the children’s activities (they need a tent because it is Scotland!) and on the Sunday we have an evening worship service.

My job was to organise the “techie” side of things – PA, words projection etc. ┬áThe PA was surprisingly easy to get setup and initially I said to Brenda, who was organising the music, “Do you just want to use paper?”. “Definitely not…” was the response.

The tent on a typical July day!

We use Power Music in the church but that is a permanent setup which I did not want to dismantle and move to the tent. So I looked around to see what hardware I could get my hands on. A 10 inch and a 12 inch Linx Windows tablet, a Lenovo convertible laptop and an iPad came to hand. Fortunately I also had stands for them and a laptop stand for the Lenovo, which doubled as a lectern for the speaker.

We used ZionWorx to project the words, which is a very easy program to setup and use. In fact the girl who was operating the PC with ZionWorx had never used it before and she used it without a hitch on the evening – a testimony to the ease of use of ZionWorx!

Brenda put the songs into the Lenovo laptop – we were doing a couple of new songs and then created a playlist. She uploaded both the playlist and songs to the church’s Power Music Box account and then downloaded them to the other tablets and iPad – “easy peasy”.

The batteries in the devices all lasted for the practice and service with plenty to spare – about 3 hours in total.

Page turning was accomplished using two BiLiPro USB page turners and PageFlip Firefly and Dragonfly Bluetooth pedals. Unfortunately the BiLiPro pedals are no longer available as the manufacture of them has ceased – a pity as they are very robust pedals.

The evening went very well with no hitches and the breakdown time was really quick.

Praise in the Park

So the moral of this story is that if you are doing an event not in your local venue it really is very easy to set up and use Power Music – No more paper!

 

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2 thoughts on ““Praise in the Park” – with no paper!

  1. We use PM on iPads all the time for “real” outdoor performance (no overhead cover) but we do have plan B paper backup for sunny days when the sun shines (we are in the south!). We do about half a dozen outdoor performances a year as part of our outreach programme. However the screen on an iPad seems to cope well.
    We use Dragonfly pedals and Hercules holders to keep the iPad safe and secure. The Hercules comes with a range of adaptors that make fixing to a mike stand simple.
    One of the big advantages of PM on the iPad is that there is no paper blowing away in those sudden gusts of wind.
    This July’s “Praise in the Park” in Chesham was a bright sunny day and no problems were experienced.
    I have used a PC screen, but this did really suffer fron relections and image loss in sunlight; so if you are planning an outdoor performance without cover or shade, then the iPad is the preferred technology.
    Hope this feedback helps.

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