First Presbyterian Church Music Ministries

Music is a vibrant part of the life of the congregation at First Presbyterian Church. If God has gifted you in the area of music, we encourage you to use your musical gifts for God.
 

If you sing, please consider joining our Chancel Choir and/or contemporary Praise Team. The Chancel Choir leads the congregation in worship from September-June and also plays a key role in our Community Christmas Concert in December, our Christmas Eve Service, and our Easter Celebration Service. The Praise Team leads the congregation in worship from January-December.

If you are an instrumentalist, consider joining using your instruments during our celebration services at Christmas and Easter, as part of the Praise Team, or as a soloist during summer or other times of the year.
 
If you are a young person (starting in the 5th grade) to adult, consider joining one of our handbell choirs.
 
If you are interested in knowing about some of the key hymns and praise songs we sing regularly at First Presbyterian Church, check out our “Church Canon.”
 

Chancel Choir

  • Chancel Choir meets for rehearsals on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:30 pm from September through early June.

Praise Team

  • The contemporary Praise Team rehearses on Sunday mornings and at other times during the year.

Bell Choirs

The Chapel Bell Ringers is a choir designed for grades 5 through 8. They rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Middleton Parlor (down the long hall on the left). This is a training group that rings three octaves of bells.

The Lindsey Bell Ringers (named after our pastor emeritus, Dr. Albert J. Lindsey), is composed of grades 9 and up. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Middleton Parlor. This group rings 5+ octaves of bells at an advanced level.
 
No prior music knowledge is needed to join a bell choir (it helps, of course). We will train you to read your notes. Our bell choirs use a double set of bells so each new member is partnered with an experienced ringer. Rehearsals are planned with fun in mind and our ringers enjoy the rehearsals and ministry to our church and outside groups.
 
For more information please contact the Bell Choir Director Daniel Heath at danielheath7980@msn.com or Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org.

Chapel Bell Ringers 2018-2019 Schedule

  • The Chapel Bell Ringers (5th- 8th grade) meet from 7-8 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2018-2019 school year is on September 19.

Lindsey Bell Ringers 2018-19 Schedule

  • The Lindsey Bell Ringers (9th grade and up) meet from 5:30-6:30 pm on Wednesday nights in Middleton Parlor (Room 109 on the church map).
  • The first practice for the 2018-2019 school year is on September 19.

News and Updates

Rehearsal Updates (dates not listed follow normal schedule above):

  • Wednesday, April 3: Lindsey Bell Choir Rehearsal from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. No Chapel Bell Choir Rehearsal.
  • Wednesday, April 24: No rehearsal for either bell choir.
  • Wednesday, May 15: 50th Anniversary Bell Choir Rehearsal with Lindsey Bell Choir. No Chapel Bell Choir Rehearsal.

Upcoming Bell Performances:

  • On Easter Sunday, April 21, the Lindsey Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service.
  • On Mother’s Day, May 12, the Chapel Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service.
  • On Sunday, May 19, the 50th Anniversary Bell Choir will be performing in the Sunday morning service. Anyone who has played in our bell choirs in the last 50 years is invited to join. Contact Bell Choir Director Daniel Heath at danielheath7980@msn.com for more information.

 

Questions?

  • To get more information on how to become involved, contact our Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin.
 

Music News

Today: Celebration of Carols!

Join us this afternoon (Dec. 7) at First Presbyterian Church for our joyous “Celebration of Carols” concert and sing-a-long, where you will get to sing accompanied by an orchestra and pipe organ with 3,000 pipes. It’s a free event for the entire family! The concert takes place from 4:00-5:15 pm and will be followed by a holiday reception with cookies and hot cider. We will be highlighting favorite carols from France this year such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and more. Plus, don’t miss the wonderful “March of the Kings,” which will be played on our magnificent pipe organ by organist Patrice Barnett. First Presbyterian is located at 20 Tacoma Ave. S., at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S.



Celebration of Carols Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7

Our annual Celebration of Carols concert is just a couple of days away. Have you made your plans yet? You don’t want to miss this free event that is becoming a family tradition for many. This year we are highlighting some of the most beloved carols inspired by France, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella,” “O Holy Night,” “March of the Kings,” and more.  We chose to highlight French carols this year in honor of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which was ravaged by a terrible fire this past spring. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 4:00-5:15 pm in our soaring sanctuary. They stay for a holiday reception of hot cider and cookies.



Countdown to Christmas Carol Concert 2019!

Are you ready? FPC’s wonderful Celebration of Carols Concert takes place THIS Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 pm. And it’s FREE! Enjoy the sounds of the season from our choir and soloists, and sing carols accompanied by an orchestra and a pipe organ with 3,000 pipes. Invite your friends and family, and stay afterward for a reception of cookies and hot cider.  Don’t know what you’re missing? Look below at a video of last year’s concert.
 



Christmas 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

Join us at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church in the Stadium District for free Christmas season events throughout December 2019. You are welcome here!
 

Celebration of Carols Community Concert
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Join us for a free community Christmas concert and sing-a-long. Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by choir and orchestra at this free annual holiday event for the entire family that combines audience participation with selections by choir, soloists, orchestra, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! A Celebration of Carols is a one-of-a-kind event not to be missed. A holiday reception with cookies and hot cider will follow immediately after the concert concludes.
 
Kids’ Christmas Program
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at 10:30 am
 
Our kids have been hard at work preparing for the annual Christmas Program. Advent wouldn’t be the same without this annual cast of angels, shepherds, and wisemen to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
 
Taproot Theatre Play: The Shoemaker’s Christmas
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at 9:15 am
 
Join us in Fellowship Hall for this Christmas production. Kids are welcome. And it’s free! Once upon a time, there was a gifted shoemaker and his wife. Hard times hit their village and the generous shoemaker gave away his last pair of shoes to someone in need. Left with just a few scraps of leather, the couple goes to bed uncertain of their future. Overnight, as if by magic, their luck turns when a mysterious pair of shoes appears on their counter. But if the shoemaker didn’t make the shoes, who did? Adapted from Grimm’s fairy tales, Shoemaker’s Christmas is a humbly comedic reminder that spreading kindness and generosity is worth more than gold.
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
 

Our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service is one of the most beautiful and anticipated services of the year. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition!



Watch the Lindsey Handbell 50th Anniversary Celebration

Last Sunday (May 19), 570 people filled FPC’s historic sanctuary to hear 37 handbell ringers celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved Lindsey Bell Choir along with brass, Chancel Choir, pipe organ and piano. Thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder, you can watch the three featured handbell presentations, including the official premiere of a new arrangement of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” by nationally recognized composer and arranger Joel Raney, which received a standing ovation. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 



Handbell Celebration THIS Sunday!

You are invited to a celebration of the 50th anniversary of FPC’s youth handbell program THIS Sunday at 10:30 am during worship. A special anniversary bell choir featuring ringers past and present will lead worship supplemented by brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir in a special service you won’t want to miss. The handbell ringers will perform three specially commissioned pieces, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” and the official premiere of a dramatic new setting of “Come, Christians Join to Sing” written by nationally acclaimed composer and arranger Joel Raney, featuring handbells, brass, pipe organ, piano, and Chancel Choir. For a taste of what to expect, watch the performance of “I Sing the Mighty Power of God” by our Lindsey Bell Choir.