What's it sound like around here?
There's music in the air!
Music Team Mission Statement
The Music Ministry Team works with the Music Director to ensure the ongoing quality and diversity of the music program, for the purpose of enhancing the worship experience and the spiritual well-being of the congregation.
At St. Peter’s music helps everyone share in the spirit. Whether listening, singing or playing, everyone has a part. We sing traditional hymns along with more contemporary songs, choir anthems, small ensembles, instruments from saxophone to string bass, the organ and our handbell choir. We recently added handchimes to our program which have enhanced choir and bell anthems and traveled to Cincinnati as part of a mission project. All are welcome to participate in any choir, group, or as a soloist.
The choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service. All singers, youth and older, are welcome to sing. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and again on Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Childcare is provided Thursday evenings.
Cherub Choir and Carol Choir
It is a joy to have the children of St. Peter's sing during worship services. The following two choirs are for the elementary school children – Cherub Choir for the younger and Carol Choir for the older. The choirs rehearse in the Music Room Sunday mornings, 9:45 – 10:10 a.m. a few weeks prior to their designated Sunday for singing.
A few years ago St. Peter's was thrilled to add a handbell choir to our musical offerings. The ringers add a joyful sound to our worship on a monthly basis. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. No experience is needed. All are welcome to come learn a new instrument. Again, childcare is provided.
In 2014 we were privileged to add handchimes to our music ministry. We have rung them as part of handbell songs and as the accompaniment to choir anthems. A special use of the handchimes was ringing children’s songs for inner city children on our yearly mission project to Washington UCC in Cincinnati.
A new ministry is sharing music with the homebound. Visits to our elderly have been most rewarding to the singers. We’ve expanded this ministry to include quarterly visits to retirement homes/nursing facilities to sing and play for the residents.
All music is special. During the summer and even during the choir year, we organize small ensembles (Women’s Ensemble, Men’s Chorus) for a one time Sunday sharing. We invite youth to share their instruments (violin, string bass, piano) as part of the worship service. Youth also participate in anthems with Orff instruments, percussion, and voice.
We use the New Century Hymnal.
Music Team members
Heather Kane (Team Leader), Liz Chandler, Gavin Cooley, Nancy Lundgren, Jim Vandivier, Addie Yoder (organist), and Cheryl Keckler (Music Director).