The Board of Trustees has, after much discussion and prayer, chosen to cancel this year’s session of Harmony Hill Singing School.
Many factors have contributed to this difficult decision, ranging from lack of preparation time to concerns with government guidelines; there is no one reason for the cancellation of this year’s session. We won’t attempt to discuss all of those issues here. However, we want you to know that the Board of Trustees made this decision peacefully, after weeks of prayerful deliberation, and in a spirit of love for the work, traditions, and community of Harmony Hill Singing School.
Our culture’s response to the pandemic has become increasingly divided. It is our heartfelt wish that this spirit of divisiveness not be allowed a foothold in our beloved Harmony Hill community. We understand that some may be disappointed or disagree with this decision, but we ask that you cherish and protect our fellowship as a community and refrain from fruitless criticism or debate. We have every confidence that this request will be honored willingly.
Thank you to each one of you for your kindness and patience as the Board of Trustees has deliberated. We know it has been inconvenient and frustrating not to know the plan for this long, and we are all deeply saddened to miss this year’s session of Harmony Hill. In the coming months, the trustees will be meeting more often than usual to discuss and prepare for any changes we may need to make for next year’s session.
Apart from our personal sadness, cancelling singing school also creates an uncomfortable financial situation for Harmony Hill. It takes about $10,000 per year to maintain the campground and pay bills and taxes. This is factored into the suggested registration amount—in other words, your registration donation doesn’t just cover the week of singing school, it helps cover operating expenses for the entire year. We have many times witnessed with gratitude the generosity of the friends of Harmony Hill—as you are led and are able, please consider donating this year despite the cancellation to ensure that the campground’s baseline expenses can be met. You can donate via PayPal or mail from harmonyhillsingingschool.org/donate.
We love you, we pray for you, and we love and pray for the precious churches you represent. While we can’t gather to sing praises at singing school this year, may we yet be renewed in love and gratitude for the blessing of worshipping in our local congregations. This, after all, has always been the primary mission of Harmony Hill Singing School.
In hope for next year,
The Board of Trustees