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

Bach in Worship THIS Sunday

Remember to come early to worship by 10:20 am this Sunday (July 31) and hear the first part of J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins performed by our very own Barbara Trapp and Patrice Barnett (violins), Kerry Franzke (piano), and Max Marcus (cello-basso continuo). The rest of the Concerto will be played during the Offertory and Postlude.
 

An old wooden piano sits with a violin, bow, and sheet music.



Special Treat in Worship 7/31: Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins

Come early to worship by 10:20 am on Sunday, July 31st and hear the first part of J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins played by our very own Barbara Trapp and Patrice Barnett (violins), Kerry Franzke (piano), and Max Marcus (cello-basso continuo). This quartet of musicians from our church will play the “Allegro” movement for our worship service’s Prelude, the “Largo ma non tanto” movement for our Offertory, and the “Vivace” movement for our Postlude. You won’t want to miss this special summer treat! J.S. Bach was one of the greatest composers and musicians who ever lived. A devout follower of Jesus Christ, Bach inscribed many of his musical scores with the initals “SDG,” meaning Soli Deo Gloria, or “To God alone be glory.” Bach even wrote that “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” You can read more about the life and Christian beliefs of Bach at Christianity Today.
 
statue von j. s. bach in leipzig


Watch FPC’s Lindsey Bell Choir Perform “Mighty to Save”

In case you missed the Lindsey Bell Choir perform “Mighty to Save” this past Sunday, you can now watch (and listen) to the performance on YouTube. Enjoy! Thanks to Chip VanGilder for putting up the video, and thanks to Patrice Barnett (organ), Jim Brownlee (guitar), and Scott Juergens (drums) for playing along with the bells. The Lindsey Bell Choir is made up of high school students in our church, and it is directed by Daniel Heath. If you like what you hear, be sure to come on Easter Sunday for more music from the Lindsey Bells along with our Chancel Choir, Praise Band, and a 19-piece orchestra.
 



Lindsey Bell Choir THIS Sunday, March 6

 
Our wonderful youth bell choir directed by Daniel Heath will be helping us to celebrate worship this Sunday, March 6 at 10:30 am. You won’t want to miss it!


Mosaic Arts Choir and Orchestra @ FPC on March 20

On Palm Sunday (March 20), you are invited to attend a FREE celebration concert by the Mosaic Arts Choir and Orchestra at 6:00 pm in our main sanctuary. This group has performed around the world and draws singers and instrumentalists from 10 denominations and 25 churches. Several of the pieces will be orchestrated by FPC’s own Minister of Worship, Dr. Daniel Perrin. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, and prepare to experience the power of God in a new way! A free-will offering will be taken at the concert.
 
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An Invitation to Use Your Musical Talents in Worship

Church music Word Cloud Concept

If you’ve been gifted in music, we’d love to have your participation in the worship ministry. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings in Ferguson Chapel from 7:00–8:30 pm. We also have a praise team that meets on Wednesday nights. If you have questions or would like to audition for the praise team, please contact Daniel Perrin at 425-442-4523 or dperrin@fpctacoma.org.