St. Martin’s is a parish where traditional worship meets the modern family. Nick Voermans is our Music Minister, appointed in August 2016. Music sets the drum beat, so to speak that regulates the flow of the liturgy through a lively and imaginative leading of the congregation’s singing of hymns and service settings, alongside skilled choral direction and inspirational organ performance. We believe in the power of traditional sacred music during worship to speak to the longings of many who seek to find their spiritual path amidst the challenges of contemporary life. We envision music as not only a key element to our worship but as an instrument of Christian formation, outreach, and spiritual and congregational growth. We believe that the Anglican tradition of sacred music provides a channel for God’s grace, speaking directly to modern expectations through our visual and auditory senses.
St. Martin’s is a beautiful Gothic Revival church built to resemble an English country church. It has arguably the finest Arts and Crafts interior in Rhode Island, and the sanctuary still retains the original high altar with a divided choir. We are located on Providence’s East Side just off Wayland Square, close to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.
The parish is currently experiencing a revitalization of energy with increasing levels of engagement. Our community comprises a highly mobile population and since June of 2015 we have had some 51 new visitors, 35 of whom, have become members. This is an exciting time for music at St. Martin’s.
The Adult choir comprises four paid section leaders and volunteers. Currently, the Adult choir numbers 21 persons with weekly rehearsals. The parish welcomes a growing number of parents with young children. We hope this will materialize in the development of children’s music. At present, Nick Voermans works with the children during our Sunday morning Kidz Zone program. Our children’s program follows the Royal School of Church Music curriculum.
We have a Reuter pipe organ, installed in 1956 with three manuals and pedals, electronic key action, with Peterson electronic stop action. It has one division (the Swell) under expression with 47 ranks of pipes. Barry Turley of Fall River, MA, routinely maintains and services the organ.