Our children’s choirs sing every couple months during Sunday morning worship services, and are designed to encourage our children's love of music and increase their understanding of music as a part of our worship to God.
Participation in our Children's Music Ministry provides:
· A vehicle for learning stewardship of time and talents. Learning to be a worship leader as a part of a hand chime ensemble or choir gives our children an opportunity to give back to the church that has nurtured and developed them.
· An opportunity to develop leadership skills, poise, and confidence as they learn to lead in worship.
· A musical outlet for students who don't otherwise have time for it due to the demands of school and extracurricular activities.
Our groups belong to the Chorister’s Guild and occasionally participate with other churches in the community as well. Please contact Alice Ann Johnson if you are interested. The Children’s Choirs meet Wednesday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:00 during the regular school year.
Cherub Choir - Children age 3 years through first grade. Rehearsals are held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in Room 317. Directors are Annie Jewell and Alice Ann Johnson.
Joyful Noise Choir - Second through fifth graders. Rehearsals are held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in Room 409. Children learn group singing and playing handchimes. Director: Beverly Alt.
The Chancel Choir is open to all singers from high school youth to adults who wish to worship God through music. There is no audition required. Chancel Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday nights in Room 317, August – May, 6:45 - 8:15 p.m. Summer rehearsals are on Sunday mornings, and members of the Chancel Choir may choose to sing at one or both services. In addition to worship services, the Chancel Choir presents special programs throughout the year including Choir Follies in September, Jazz Nativity in December and a service with orchestra on Good Friday. Chancel Choir is directed by Alice Ann Johnson.
Our bell choir rings five octaves of Whitechapel handbells, among the finest made. MarketBell Ringers meet during the school year on Mondays, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in Room 316. Their director is Alice Ann Johnson. This is an intergenerational handbell choir that is committed to worship through music. This choir performs during our worship services at various times of the year and also participates in activities in our community. Our handbell choir is a member of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and often participates in area festivals. The MarketBell Ringers annual Christmas concert in December is a highlight of the holiday season.
Jazz in June
Structured around the use of poetry and the idiom of jazz, each service is held in the Sanctuary at noon on Tuesdays in June. Music is provided by the Mark Freundt Trio and members of our own Chancel Choir. Members of our pastoral staff provide the pastoral leadership at these weekly services. A light lunch is served each Tuesday following the service for a small fee. Come be refreshed and renewed at Jazz in June.
Annual Summer Music Camp
This week-long camp for students who have completed 2nd through 7th grade from both our church and community. Each day the campers rotate through four learning blocks (music, drama, props and choreography). At the conclusion of the week the campers present the musical for two Sunday morning worship services.