The Matins Tradition
Founded in 1957, the Plymouth Matins tradition is supported by four pillars—music, spirit, fellowship and service. Alone, each pillar is important. Together and integrated, they sustain the deep, rich and meaningful tradition that continues today.
The most obvious pillar of Matins Choir is music. Music is the unifying thread that brings together individual talents and voices in a common and shared experience. This musical experience is a powerful source of inspiration and reflection for all who hear it—both in Plymouth Church and beyond. In addition, music allows and promotes emotional grounding and support within the choir, as well as creating bonds of trust and caring.
Matins Choir members grow to realize that an indescribable spirit unites them. “Spirit” is the the soul of the body. In Matins terms, Spirit is the soul of this choir. Spirit is the essence and vital force which guides and nurtures the group. Spiritually speaking, Matins has its roots in the religious values of understanding, acceptance, love, peace and justice among all people.
Matins Choir places great value on social interaction among its members. Matins strives to build security by providing opportunities to meet and know people on different levels. Relationships are not only established, but also deepened through the Matins experience. Matins highly respects the uniqueness and creativity of the individual. At the same time, Matins promotes discovery of the many similarities in human qualities and values. That, in turn, builds trust and faith in the potential of humankind.
Matins encourages sharing the gift of ourselves with others. Each Sunday morning Matins Choir shares its music ministry and serves as worship leaders in the 9:00 a.m. service. Outside of worship and throughout the year, Matins conducts service projects and supports charities with gifts of money, time, talent and donated items. Each member of Matins is requested to participate in at least two service projects either with the choir, individually or in connection with other PlmYOUTH Youth Group service opportunities.