The leadership of the choirs is a fundamental element of our worship at First Congregational Church. Our choirs lead us in our singing and provide music which takes us to a deeper level of devotion than words alone. Those who sing in choirs grow musically and spiritually as they learn not only the notes, but the background and context of the music.
We sing music from a wide variety of styles and traditions, emphasizing the breadth and diversity of God’s creation. All of our music is chosen to support worship, usually coordinating with the themes to be found in the scripture texts for the day.
Participation in the choirs is open to anyone who would like to be involved. Contact the Minister of Music and Arts if you’re interested.
Chancel Choir – a mixed choir open to older youth and adults. It provides worship leadership (hymns, service music, and anthems) at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. worship most Sundays from September through May. The Chancel Choir also participates in special events throughout the year as part of our Arts Ministry. Rehearsals are each Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. as part of our FIRST Wednesdays program.
Men’s and Women’s Choirs – these special groups are organized on a short-term basis during the year to allow people who can’t make a weekly rehearsal but want to sing. On each of these special Sundays, singers will meet at 9:30 a.m. to rehearse and sing during the first part of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. There will be no weekday rehearsals for these groups. You don’t have to be a current choir member to participate.
InJoy Children's Choir – a new offering this year as part of our Wednesday Night activities, InJoy is a choir for children ages 4 through grade 2 that meets on Wednesdays from 6:15 - 6:50 p.m. in the Choir Room. Kaia Chambers leads the children in singing and other activities that help them experience the basics of making music together. InJoy will share their music throughout the year at Wednesday and Sunday worship services.
Children's Music -Music is incorporated into our Sunday Church School Program's gathering time on Sunday mornings. The Sunday School children regularly lead parts of worship and share music as part of what they do.
FCC Bell Choir--a handbell choir for older youth and adults. Our bell choir plays a four-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and a three-octave set of choir chimes, leading in worship 1-2 times per month. They also participate in festivals and other special events throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Our voices aren’t the only thing that sings here at First Congregational Church! We regularly use instruments for special music in solo and ensemble combinations. Instruments are also used in combination with our choirs to accompany anthems and to enhance congregational singing. Opportunities are available for youth and adult players at any skill level.
Even if you aren’t able to sing in a choir, you can share your talents! We use vocal soloists and small ensembles to enhance our worship and other special events throughout the year.
Visual arts play an important role in our worship and arts experience. Banners and bulletin covers enrich our worship, posters and flyers containing specially designed graphics enhance our communications, works of various media enliven our various public spaces.
Writers and Actors
Dramatic arts are a marvelous way of communicating the good news as well as prompting continued thought and discussion on issues that our faith helps us confront each day. Skits or monologues reinforcing scriptural themes will often be found as part of our worship. Writers who can turn great ideas into clear and compelling prose help us communicate with our membership and the larger community through our web site, bulletin, newsletter, and other print and broadcast media.