Make a joyful noise to the Lord… give Him glorious praise.  Psalms 66:1-2

 

We believe a vibrant music ministry is important for lifting our hearts to the contemplation of God’s goodness in all things.  First Presbyterian’s Music Ministry has a place for all those wishing to use their musical talents, whether singing or playing, novice or experienced.

 

 

Adult Music

Chancel Choir

Rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (August-May)

The Chancel Choir sings weekly during our morning worship service. This group also present two special events each year:  Service of Lessons and Carols in December and Spring Sacred Music Service in May.  We sing a variety of music ranging from classical to traditional pieces and share a committed desire to serve and glorify God through song. New members are always encouraged, and no audition is necessary.

 

Joy Ringers

Rehearsal – 5:45-6.45 p.m. on Wednesdays (August-May)

The adult handbell choir, the Joy Ringers, offers a unique opportunity for music making. The choir consists of five octaves of handbells and three octaves of hand chimes. The choir rings intermediate to advanced level literature and performs during morning worship 6-7 times per year. Membership is open to high school students and adults who have some note reading ability and a strong commitment to regular participation.

 

 

Youth Worship & Music

Youth Liturgists
One important way we lift up our youth in worship is our Youth Liturgist ministry. We encourage our youth who have a desire to pursue public speaking and leadership roles to participate. Each Youth Liturgist will have several opportunities to read the first Scripture Lesson during our morning worship service. Please contact the Church office info@fpcsumter.org or 803-773-3814) to register as a Youth Liturgist.

 

Youth Choir
Youth Choir is open to all youth (grades 6-12).  It meets on an occasional basis throughout the school year to consider the intersection of music, worship, and the world; and to prepare to lead worship by lifting voices. This group has a flexible schedule but appreciates active and committed participants. Please contact Joni Brown ( jonibrown@fpcsumter.org or 803-773-3814) if you would like to sing, sing, sing!

 

Youth Handbells

Rehearsal – 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. on Sundays (September-May)

Youth Handbell Choir is open to all Grades 6-12th.   It does require active and regular participation, but the benefits of learning a new form of music, growing in faith, and fellowship with one another all make it well worth the effort. Please contact Joni Brown ( jonibrown@fpcsumter.org or 803-773-3814) if you are/your youth is interested in being a part of this group!  No experience is necessary.

 

 

 

Children’s Choir

Rehearsal – 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m. on Sundays (September-May)

Through the Children’s Music Ministry, children are provided an opportunity to experience Jesus Christ through music, to share that experience and actively participate in worship. Our children rehearse on a regular basis and participate in worship 2-3 times each semester.  For more information on Children’s Choir contact the Church Office (803-773-3814) to be connected to Jessica Bettinger or Joni Brown. 

 

 

 

Instrumental Music

Instrumental music is an important component of our worship services. Brass, woodwind, percussion, strings, and guitar soloists or small ensembles participate in worship and accompany the choir throughout the year.  Instrumentalists of all ages are encouraged to participate.

 

Our Organ
One of the most prominent features of our music program is a 51-rank Schantz pipe organ. This exquisite instrument is dedicated to long-time organist Bill Scobee.  Present organist, Hamilton Stoddard, plays for all First Presbyterian services, and gives lessons on the organs in the Sanctuary and Chapel.