White Bluff United Methodist Church
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Music Ministries


The Music Ministry of White Bluff United Methodist Church


Our Chancel Choir meets every Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Choir Room. This group sings for the 9:30am service each week, occasionally singing for special services and other times. This adult choir family focuses on anthems and service music in an ongoing process that includes music for Lent and Easter as well as Christmas Cantatas and other special occasions.
Photo from rehearsal for combined Sacred Harp concert with Skidaway UMC Choir.
The Resurrection Ringers (grades 6 through adult) are a dedicated Handbell ensemble, meeting Sundays from 12:15pm to 1:15pm during the school year. We’ve combined the forces of our Adult and Youth bell ensembles, allowing us a much greater variety of music. This choir family plays roughly quarterly in our worship services and at other times out in the community.
There are always opportunities for folks who play an instrument or who would like to sing for one of our services, with ensembles put together (both instrumental and vocal) as the needs and abilities of our church family grow.  Currently, we have a small Church Band, mostly comprised of brass instruments.  I am always happy to arrange our repertoire to fit others as folks come forward who might be interested.

We would love to have you come and join one (or more) of our ensembles. Though I am admittedly biased, I think the folks who make music together here are a wonderful group and that you would enjoy becoming a part of our choir family.

What’s New: Sweet Summer Songs

This summer we've started a group for folks who’d like to sing through the hymnal.  We meet Sundays at 4:30pm each week for about an hour for all who are interested to gather in the choir room and enjoy around 20 to 30 or so songs, with a little more time given to our favorites but still trying to sing each of the six hundred songs and a little dessert and fellowship afterwards.  Our accompaniment varies from piano and bass to guitar and/or trumpets.  It's been a lot of fun to hear even our favorite hymns in this way!

Would I need to commit to all of the sessions?  Not at all; please come to as many as you can.

Do I need to be able to sing (well)? No; all are welcome, regardless of ability.  Come enjoy hearing the hymns and feel free to sing; God hears the songs of our hearts so all are encouraged but not required to sing!

Will we sing all of the hymns?  That’s the plan, even if we just manage a couple of stanzas of some of the harder ones just so that we’ll get a bigger picture of this great collection.

Will I be asked to do anything?  After a week or two, we may pass around a signup sheet for desserts but otherwise the only thing we’ll need to do is to fill out an easy to use questionnaire that I’ll pass out each week to help me know and understand better what hymns you all know and love and would like to see us use regularly.  So if you would like to influence the hymns used in our worship service, this is the group for you!

Plan to come have an hour of fun and fellowship with us!

Feel free to contact me at music@wbumc.org
if you have any questions.  Blessings, Ronn Alford, Director of Music Ministries.