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

World Premiere of Good Friday Requiem on April 14

Join us for the premiere of a new Requiem by Jesús Gomez on Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the historic cathedral-like Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church. The Requiem will be performed by chancel choir, chancel singers, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ as part of a Good Friday service featuring Holy Communion and a special message. This event is FREE and open to all.


Good Friday Prayer and Reflection in Historic Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church

Commemorate the last hours of Jesus on the Cross in the cathedral-like Sanctuary of Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church on Good Friday from Noon-3:00 pm. In the midst of stained glass and candlelight, pause to pray, meditate, and reflect. Times of silence will alternate with readings and soft music, but most of the time will be spent in silence. Come for a few minutes or a couple of hours. This annual open house for prayer and reflection is a powerful time for renewal and self-analysis. Then come back later at 7:00 pm for our Good Friday communion service, which will feature the world premiere of a new Requiem written by Jesús Gomez.
 


Easter 2017 Events at First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma

You are invited to celebrate Easter 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church at these FREE events.
 
Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 9 @ 10:30 am
Come for our traditional procession of the palms featuring the children of our church (bring your children so they can participate). Plus special music from our Chancel Choir, a message by Pastor Eric Jacobsen, and Holy Communion.
 
Good Friday Open House for Prayer, April 14, Noon-3:00 pm
Come for meditation and prayer in our cathedral-like sanctuary on Good Friday, April 14 from Noon-3:00 pm. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. This has been a powerful time for connecting with God one-on-one that draws people from throughout our neighborhood.
 
Good Friday Requiem and Communion Service, April 14, 7:00 pm
You  are invited to experience Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us in a new way at our Good Friday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. In addition to participating in Holy Communion and hearing a meditation by Pastor Eric, we will be experiencing the world premiere of a Requiem composed by our own Jesús Gomez. The Requiem will be performed by the FPC Chancel Choir accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
 
Easter Sunday Brunch, April 16 @ 9:00 am
Join us Easter morning for a free hot Sunday brunch in Fellowship Hall starting at 9:00 am.
 
Easter Sunday Celebration Service, April 16 @ 10:30 am
On April 16, celebrate the Resurrection at FPC Tacoma’s festive Easter Sunday celebration featuring its Chancel Choir, praise team, Lindsey Bell Choir, chamber orchestra, and pipe organ. Plus, Pastor Eric will be preaching a special Easter message.


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 7:00 pm

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Join us on Christmas Eve @ 7:00 pm in our cathedral-like sanctuary for an awe-inspiring Christmas Eve service featuring Chancel Choir, Chancel Singers, Lindsey Bell Choir, woodwind ensemble, soloists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. The service will include a special Christmas message from Dr. Eric Jacobsen, sharing from our children, carol singing, and hundreds of lighted candles. Come early to get a good seat!


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ Tacoma First Presbyterian

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Join us at 7:00 pm on Christmas Eve at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church for an awe-inspiring candlelight service featuring vocal choirs, handbell choir, soloists, an instrumental ensemble, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes! Held in our soaring cathedral-like Sanctuary, this wonderful service retells the Christmas story through Bible readings and a special message from our Senior Pastor, Dr. Eric Jacobsen. The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night” in the midst of hundreds and hundreds of candles. Everyone is welcome at this Tacoma-area tradition—and that means YOU! First Presbyterian Church is located at 20 Tacoma Ave. S at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S. We’re just a block away from Wright Park.


Watch Our 2016 Christmas Concert on YouTube!

Our fabulous concert of Christmas carols was attended by several hundred people last week. If you missed it (or you want to experience it again), you can now watch it on video thanks to our worship intern Jesús Gomez. And plan to participate (and invite your friends) next year!