I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way. This is a topic that I’ve observed pretty often being in Presbyterian churches.

A plea to come forward – Reformation21 Blog.

Here’s a highlight from the above blog.

1. Move to the front for the sake of singing – It encourages the singing. If you’re all spread out as a congregation, it’s obviously going to be harder to sing. If you are far from the musicians as a congregation it will be more difficult for them to accompany. Believe it or not, but our singing is an enormous witness to outsiders and particularly the children of the church. You men who stand there like wet fish barely opening your mouths should be ashamed. The number of preachers I hear bang on about the regulative principle and then you see them sing with all the enthusiasm of going for root canal surgery (don’t give me that about deep joy!). Open your mouths and sound forth His praise. Make a joyful noise to the Lord! Don’t be mamby pamby about not liking certain tunes; just throw yourself into it. If you move more towards the front then the singing will sound better. Come forward