Roots Revival is a worship service grounded in Americana/roots-based music featuring Martha Bassett and friends. We meet at Centenary United Methodist Church in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, on Wednesday evenings.
Roots are by nature underground, dark, slow, quiet, and vulnerable. Our logo is based on the Shaker Tree of Life, a tree full of beautiful fruit. In order to bear fruit, time must be spent developing strong roots. An invitation to Roots Revival is an invitation to grow, to expand, to connect, to go deeper.
// WHAT TO EXPECT //
No one has ever left Roots Revival saying, "That was exactly what I expected."
It's not contemporary, but it's not traditional. It's informal, but it's liturgical. It's contemplative, but it's fun.
Each service is built around one or two "focus songs" (usually ones that are not explicitly religious) and a passage from the Bible that fits a given theme. We tell people that Roots Revival is grounded in Americana/roots-based music, but we've found a lot of space for diversity within that.
You may not be able to expect exactly what you will experience at Roots Revival on any given night, but you can expect an atmosphere of welcome and invitation that comes through in excellent music, thought-provoking liturgy and preaching, the weekly celebration of communion, and opportunities for fellowship and conversation.
// MUSIC //
Martha Bassett, Sam Frazier, and Pat Lawrence form our core group of musicians. They both lead the community in singing hymns and offer our "focus songs" each week. We regularly welcome local musical guests, and the Roots Revival Choir provides worship leadership frequently. Come a little early any Wednesday if you want to join the choir--rehearsal starts at 6:30 each week.
Everything from old hymns and spirituals to the music of Gillian Welch, Mumford and Sons, Bob Marley, The Avett Brothers, Leonard Cohen, and many more--even Belinda Carlisle--finds its way into Roots Revival. From the explicitly religious to the non-religious, the music defies the sacred-secular dichotomy, inviting us to meet God in unexpected yet familiar places.
// COMMUNITY //
Roots Revival is more than just what happens between 7:00 and 8:00 on Wednesday evenings.
Each week after worship, a group heads to a local restaurant for food, drinks, and conversation. Here, we get to know one another better and develop friendships that add meaning and depth to our worship. All are welcome to join this unstructured fellowship time.
About once a quarter, we take a break from the usual routine and hold a potluck/hymn sing in place of our regular service. We have discovered that many members of our community are great cooks. These events often feature guest musicians and are both uplifting and delicious.
At Roots Revival, we're not afraid to have fun. We laugh when the pastor accidentally gets black pepper bread for communion. We dance when the music moves us. We come to worship in costume for Halloween. We celebrate life with one another. Come join the fun.
// CONCERT SERIES //
At Roots Revival, our interest in music and community goes beyond what happens in a regular Wednesday night worship service. Proof positive of this is Roots Revival Stage, our concert series where we bring in national-level performing artists whose work resonates with us musically and thematically for a free community concert. Past guests have included Rhiannon Giddens of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops; indie/folk singer-songwriter Jonathan Byrd; pop/folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams; The Amigos ("Hot American Folk Music"); 4-time Grammy Award winner and folk legend David Holt; folk/gospel singer Mollie O'Brien; bluegrass duo Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman; Canadian fusion folk band The Duhks; and adventure folk artist Heather Maloney. At these events, we hold an abbreviated Roots Revival service centered around one of the guest artist's songs, then offer an hour-long concert. All events are free and open to the public, but we do ask that attendees reserve a spot online.
To learn more and to join our email list, visit our website.
Worship grounded in Americana/roots-based music featuring Martha Bassett and friends // Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m. // Centenary United Methodist Church
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