MUSIC DEPARTMENT MISSION
We serve as ministers of music by enhancing worship with the message of our music. We glorify God with the talent God has richly given to us to share.
New musicians are always welcome in each of our organizations throughout the calendar year. Attendance at every rehearsal or every Sunday morning worship service is not a requirement, but the more you attend, the more you will feel an integral part of our groups. No experience is necessary. If you are thinking about joining or have any questions, please talk with Kristin or another choir member at church on Sunday mornings, phone Kristin at church during the week or e-mail her at [email protected].
We have a cherub choir and youth drum circle that meet Sunday mornings after worship, a handbell choir (middle school through adults, Monday evenings) and chancel choir (high school through adults, Thursday evenings).
The Chancel Choir is at the foundation of the music ministries of First Congregational Church. We provide anthems and service music in Sunday services three times a month during the fall, winter and spring. We also present special seasonal worship music as well as two major programs each year. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the choir room. Directed by Kristin Link, the Chancel Choir is open to all adults and youth grades 9 and up. Ability to read music is not required. Our rehearsals are fast-paced and filled with laughter, prayer, and hard work. It’s exhilarating! If you would like to join the choir, please contact [email protected]j.org.
Our cherub choir, Joyful Noise!, is conducted by Kristin Link and is open to all young singers ages 3 through 8th grade. Music is learned largely by rote in this ensemble, with the older children providing support, examples and encouragement to the youngest singers. Children learn simple songs, rehearsal etiquette, and develop performance skills while singing music that is spirit-filled and engaging. Ability to read music is not required to participate; membership in church is also not required. They rehearse on Sunday mornings at 11:30. High school youth are welcomed into the Chancel Choir, which meets Thursday nights at 7:30.
The SPIRIT DRUMS program for 3rd-8th grade youth continues, meeting immediately after Joyful Noise! on Sunday mornings (approximately 11:50-12:15). Students learn the vocabulary, techniques, and rhythms of the drum circle and explore new ways of being in community together. This is not a performing group, but rather an opportunity for creative exploration, leadership growth, and inspiration.
We are blessed with a wonderful 4-octave set of Schlumerich Bells and a 5-octave set of hand chimes, which are enthusiastically rung in worship 6-8 times per year. The choir rehearses Monday from 7:30-9:00. New ringers are invited to arrive 1/2 hour early so they can quickly get the training they need to participate fully with the entire ensemble. Ability to read music is not required to join, but you will learn how soon.
SOLOISTS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS
There is a wealth of talent in our congregation and our members truly appreciate the opportunity to hear those individuals in service throughout the year. Special music is provided by individuals and small ensembles throughout the year, but is especially appreciated during the summer months when our regular music groups are on hiatus. If you would be interested in providing special music on a Sunday, please contact [email protected].
Want to get “plugged in” to ministry? Buttons, levers, and microphones await the stereo enthusiast who has excellent hearing. After a couple of short training sessions, the commitment involves occasional Sunday mornings or other special events. Contact Noel Tebo if you want to help us out.