Music is an integral part of worship on Sunday mornings. Our choirs, which include singers of all ages, soloists and instrumentalists are accompanied by the piano or organ- the largest in the Commonwealth. Children, youth and adults are all a regular part of Sunday morning worship and seasonal concerts.
The music does not end on Sunday morning. Our choirs have performed in our community, regionally and around the world. Some of our choirs have performed in Germany, Austria, Italy, Romania, the Czech Republic, Mexico and Brazil and at the White House and Carnegie Hall.
For more information contact Phil Mitchell, Associate Pastor, Minister of Christian Worship.
Children’s Choirs (age 3 to grade 5)
Your child can join a choir at age 3 and continue through grade 5. Children experience music with an emphasis on spiritual growth, singing our faith, as well as, teamwork and fun.
Children’s choirs meet by age levels on Wednesday at 6:00 PM except during the summer months. For more information contact Ruth Szucs, Music Ministry Associate.
This group is for grades one to five. We explore many basic music reading skills and the concept of working together while playing an instrument – individually. We use colored bells, boomwackers, and hand chimes. The emphasis is on fun and success regardless of age or ability.
Children’s Chimes meets on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM just before the children’s choir.
For more information contact Ruth Szucs, Music Ministry Associate.
Youth Music and Worship Arts
Our 6th- 12th grade youth come together to explore not only music but also other elements of worship including conversations about the call to worship, prayer, scripture reading, offerings, and testimonies. Anthems and hymns as well as other musical elements such as instrumental music are explored to broaden the thought process about what can be included in a worship service. We also explore how visual elements can enhance worship. The Youth Worship Arts group has created banners, played chimes and drums, sung anthems, shared prayers and testimonies and written a gathering song and a call to worship. Our hope is to develop worship leaders and life-long worship participants.
Youth Music and Worship Arts meets Sundays at 5:00 PM.
Adult Choir and One Accord
Our Adult Choir and One Accord, our auditioned adult ensemble, provide inspirational choral music for Sunday worship services. During Advent and at other times throughout the year our choirs present concerts, accompanied by orchestra and instrumental ensembles.
The Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:15 – 8:30 PM.
One Accord rehearses on Sundays at 6:30 PM.
For more information on how to get involved contact Phil Mitchell, Associate Pastor, Minister of Christian Worship.
FirstRingers, the adult handbell choir, rings in morning worship monthly and at seasonal concerts in the community. The choir has led workshops in Cloppenburg and Amberg, Germany, and accompanied One Accord to Romania.
FirstRingers rehearses on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM.
For more information on how to get involved contact Ruth Szucs, Music Ministry Associate.
Ring in Community
This adult group meets to eat lunch together and then ring bells. The requirement is simple- to enjoy being in community. From the nonmusical reader and ringer to the seasoned musician, everyone has a place. This is not a performing group which adds to the feeling of freedom for those who want to try something new without pressure. This group fosters friendships and laughter. Thursday at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Ring In Community meets on Thursdays at 11:00 AM from October 12 until November 16.
Part of the First Baptist Church Deaf Mission, the choir is a celebration of faith through music and songs in sign language. This choir is comprised of pre-lingual deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf/blind and hearing individuals. For more information on how to get involved, contact Dirk Hill.
This group practices seasonally after worship. We will post practice dates once they are available.