Music Ministry

Our church is blessed with a vibrant ministry of music which serves the congregation at worship. We offer opportunities for all ages and abilities to share their musical gifts, enabling the members of the body of Christ to give praise to their Lord and to assist in the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the sacraments. For more information contact Mike Bareham, Director for Music and Worship, at 302.368.0064 or fill out the web form at the bottom of the page.

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♫ MUSIC in the Christian assembly ♫

Music is from God…God creates music as part of the whole creation and gives it to humankind to develop and shape.

Sound and rhythm are primal forces in creation. “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) “When I laid the foundation of the earth…the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy.” (Job 38:4, 7)

God’s gift of music is received and shaped by people in many varieties and forms, which have an important and delightful place in the worship of God.

The choir serves the assembly…Choirs lead, teach and proclaim within the assembly.

Choirs may be large or small, may meet regularly or occasionally, and may include adults, youth, or children in various combinations.

♪ SANCTUARY CHOIR Rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Grade 9 and above; vocalists lead worship weekly at the late service except on the 3rd Sunday of the month when they lead at the early service

♪ HANDBELL ENSEMBLE Rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM Grade 9 and above; tintinnabulators prepare to ring monthly

♪ MATINS CHOIR Rehearses weekly on Sundays from 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Grade 9 and above; vocalists lead worship weekly at the early service with the exception of the 3rd Sunday of the month

♪ SOUNDING BRASS Rehearse weekly on Wednesdays at 4:15 PM

♪ ARCHANGEL RINGERS (Grades K – 8) rehearses on Sundays from 12:00 – 12:30 PM.*

♪ ARCHANGEL SINGERS (Grades K – 8) rehearses on Sundays from 12:30 – 1:00 PM.*

*Bring a snack and a juice box to ward off grumbly tummies.  Rehearsals will start with chime choir so that we can retreat to the choir room for singing and not disrupt the First State Flute Choir rehearsals.

♪ FESTIVAL CHOIR Rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Grade 9 and above; Prior to Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter and the Fourth of July; sings at all festivals and prepares extended works for concerts

Instruments and technology are used with care…Choices concerning the use of technology and instrumentation in worship are informed by the priority that is placed on congregational song.

Assemblies make the best use of the musical instruments available to them. Depending on the context, the worship space, and the styles of music, instruments including organs, pianos, keyboards, drums, guitars, and many others can used effectively to lead congregational song.

♪ PRAISE ENSEMBLE (Grades 9 & up) rehearses on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM , beginning November 15 (after the marching band and sports seasons are over for the fall).  Seeking vocalists and instrumentalists who enjoy contemporary Christian music and who have a high school level of proficiency.

♪ SOLO & ENSEMBLE Woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboardists
Youth and adults High school proficiency or better desired; rehearsals as necessary

Please print out and bring the completed registration form to your first rehearsal:

Ministry of Music and the Arts Registration Form

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