The Singers and the Choristers help to lead worship this week. The Choristers will sing Teach Me Your Way by American composer Timothy Shaw with a text based on Psalm 86:11-13. As the Choristers prepared to sing in worship they have been singing songs and making crafts about following God. In worship we will sing one of their favorite hymns on this theme, Guide My Feet. The Singers will sing a round that was originally written by G. P. Telemann (1681-1767) and has been arranged by Dave and Jean Perry: I Will Rejoice. We have enjoyed working on this round and focusing our ears to hear all the parts while we sing together.
The Music and Worship Committees have been considering what draws people to the 8:30 service at Westminster. In an effort to open this conversation to all Westminster worshipers, we will hold the last of three town hall style meetings this Sunday, November 12 to hear what you think of the 8:30 service. This brief meeting will occur right at the conclusion of the 8:30 service, around 9:15 and include a time to share thoughts as well as a time to fill out a brief survey. The meeting will conclude at 9:30 to allow folks to attend Christian Education classes. If you are unable to attend the meetings, the survey will be available in the church office and the gathering place. We are excited by the response and enthusiasm of our 8:30 worshippers. If you have not had a chance to add your voice to this conversation, please come on Sunday, or pick up a survey to fill out. Completed surveys may be given to ushers after worship or turned in to the church office.
If you love to sing, but don’t want to come out to an evening rehearsal, or you would like a musical group that does not perform, then Life-Long Song may be just the thing that you are looking for. Life-Long Song is a musical gathering that meets on Thursday mornings from 11:00-noon for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. It is a daytime singing program for adults that provides a regular opportunity for making music in community and having fun, while improving physical health and mental agility. While designed specifically for older adults, anyone is welcome to join. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This summer the theme for the Montreat Worship and Music Conference that I attended was “Then Sings My Soul!” taken from the refrain of the well known hymn, How Great Thou Art. If your soul is looking to join a community of song, you are in the right place. Westminster has choirs and musical experiences for all ages and abilities. Below you can find the rehearsal times for musical groups. We also have an all-choir potluck on Thursday, September 7, which is a good time to meet people in choir and enjoy a time of fellowship. For full descriptions of these groups please click here.
Adult Choir-open to all adults and university students
Rehearsals-Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm, choir room
Choristers-for children in kindergarten through fourth grade
First rehearsal-Thursday, September 7 4:00-5:00 pm, choir room
All Choir Potluck-bring a dish to share, and a friend to introduce
Thursday, September 7 6:00 pm in the choir room
Singers-for youth from fifth grade and up, and adults
First rehearsal and retreat-Sunday, September 10 from noon-2:00 pm with pizza and games
Life-Long Song-an adult daytime singing opportunity
First meeting-Thursday, September 14 11:00 am, room 208
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.