Music has always been a part of the individual and corporate worship of God. We strive to provide ways for people to express their worship through congregational song, as well as through various vocal and instrumental music groups.
The number and variety of music groups available at any one time varies with the needs and desires of the congregation.
Preschool Music Activities (ages 3 through kindergarten)
In a loving, learning environment, young children experience the joy of using music to express their feelings for God and each other. Songs and activities help children learn that God loves them and they can love God; music is fun, using voices, instruments, and movement; life is best when we love our family members and our friends just like God loves us.
Children’s Music Activities (grades 1 through 5)
Music activities for children involve much more than just teaching children how to sing. It is perhaps first of all an opportunity for each child to discover the particular gift of music that God has placed inside of him/her. This is done through various musical activities in both large and small group settings. Instruments, games, rhythm and movement, and Bible Study as well as singing are a part of each week’s time together. The songs we sing include hymns, children’s anthems, and fun songs. Children learn to offer their best to the God who created them and loves them unconditionally.
Church Choir (youth and adults)
The Church Choir is the main music leader in our Sunday worship. A broad range of classic, traditional, and modern music is sung over the course of the year. The choir provides leadership on the hymns, sings to God on behalf of the congregation, and sings to the congregation on behalf of God. No audition is required.
Instrumental Ensemble (youth and adults)
The instrumentalists in this group come from three backgrounds: youth learning to improve their playing, adults who have played for many years, and adults who played many years ago and want to play again. The current group is made up of mostly brass players; however, strings and woodwind players are definitely welcome. The instrumentalists from the ensemble are also used in worship for solos, duets, descants, and accompaniments.
God’s Ringers/Youth Orff Ensemble
This group of youth meets on Sundays immediately before other youth activities. As handbell ringers, they continue to grow in basic ringing skills. They are also learning to play various Orff percussion instruments. This group often shares in worship doing scripture enhancements, processions, and accompaniments.
This group is open to any adult interested in learning to ring handbells. Progressive learning activities allow the ringers to grow in their skills. They occasionally share in worship.
These adult women ringers have mixed musical backgrounds and enjoy learning and laughing as they ring together. Their repertoire is both hymn-based and original handbell compositions. They often play in worship and in health care facilities in the area.
As part of the organist’s ministry, effort is continuously made to use other talented keyboard musicians who are a part of the church family in worship leadership. This may include piano duets, organ/piano duets, solo pieces, or accompanying groups or individuals. In addition, church members are regularly sought to use their gifts for music whether through voice or instrument in our weekly worship services.