There will be an orientation for prospective members of the Solace singing group on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 179 Old County Road.

Those who love to sing and are interested in exploring this volunteer service are invited to come for an evening of singing and presentations about the group’s work, as well as a viewing of “Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life,” a film about this work.

Solace is a community-based volunteer chorus in Knox County offering songs of comfort and peace to those who are in passage from life to beyond life. Members from the chorus are available to sing to the seriously ill or dying – in their homes, in hospice, in hospitals or in nursing homes. Solace takes its inspiration from the Hallowell Singers, a choir in central Vermont that began this form of service in 2003; and from HeartSong, a chorus in Belfast formed in 2007.

Singing for those at the end of life can open hearts, ease fears and bring peace to the dying person, family members and caregivers, as well as the singers themselves. Singers enter this space of transition with gentleness and respect, and they receive as well as offer the gifts that arise when we stand in the presence of death.

Solace practices are held on the first, third and fifth Thursday evenings of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Nativity Lutheran Church. Singers do not necessarily need to be able to read music but should be able to learn new music without too much difficulty, to sing a cappella and to carry their part in a small group. Listening well and singing with balance and sensitivity are important in this work.

There is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Nancy Button at, 273-3767; Rob Gabe at, 354-6395; or Kay Allan at, 354-0822.