music&arts

Sanctuary Music Ministry

Chancel Choir:

The Chancel Choir is the principal choir for the 11:00 a.m. worship service. In addition to weekly worship responsibilities, the Chancel Choir participates in additional services throughout the liturgical year. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  All are welcome to participate.

Chancel Bells:

This handbell choir is open to all persons wanting to worship God through playing handbells. are on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. musical group will be responsible for supplying music for at least one service per month. of music theory is helpful, but not required. group is open to anyone in high school and older.

Church School Pianists:

Pianists to assist church school classes are regularly needed. Ability to play hymns in a style that supports group singing and sight-reading ability are helpful skills.

Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists are needed to assist with anthems or to provide solo music for the voluntary or offertory. Call Susan if you you are willing to play.

Wesley Singers:

Any child who will be in grades 1st through 5th are invited to participate in the Wesley Singers. No singing experience is required.Choir meets on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. Contact Suzanne Fowley for more information.

Grace Singers:

Any young person who will be in grades 6th through 12th are invited to participate in the Grace Singers. No singing experience is required. This choir meets on Sunday afternoons from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Choir Room.
 

Contact Susan Burgess for more information on Sanctuary music programs

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LifeSong Praise Teams

Creating an atmosphere of worship…

At Grace UMC, musicians of all ages have various opportunities to be involved in the music ministry of the church.   We have several praise team members that serve on a rotational basis leading worship for our LifeSong Contemporary Service that takes place in the Wesley Center at 8:45 a.m. Sunday mornings. If you feel God is calling you into this ministry, contact our Contemporary Worship Director, Andrew Doolittle at andrew@gotgraceumc.org or call the church office to inquire about auditioning information. Positions available on the team include…

Worship Leaders/Vocalists, Drummers, Bass Guitarists, Keyboardists,Guitarists (Electric and Acoustic)

Youth Praise and Worship Team

This team of youth from 7th-12th grade enables participants to use their gifts to lead others into an encounter with the living God. There are various opportunities to learn more about worship and what it means to lead others in the worship of God. The Youth Praise and Worship Team serve as worship leaders for our Amped Youth gatherings on Sunday nights and also lead for special Youth Services and outreach events. Advanced and experienced members of this team also have the opportunity to serve on the Grace Worship team for the LifeSong Service.

 

Drama Ministry

Contact Jenny Lou Jones for more information!

 “Return to Bethlehem”

This outdoor presentation is a Biblical account of the night of Jesus birth. Grace UMC presents this as a gift to the community. Visitors travel with a guide back to a lifelike village where the sights, sounds and smells of Bethlehem help visitors understand and be a part of the night Jesus was born. This incredible experience is set is in the field behind the Wesley Center. This is a great way for families to work together to bring the “Reason for the Season” to the forefront.

 With over 400 in the cast, and a steering committee of 20 who work year-round, this gift of love from the congregation of Grace UMC has impacted 44,449 visitors in the nine years it’s been running! This program is offered every two years to the community. The next production will be December 7-10, 2016.

 

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 Youth Drama & Creative Team

This team of youth from 6th-12th grade meet each Sunday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. They learn various drama technique and work on creative sketch writing and improvisation. They will work on tapping into their imaginative side and learning how to use the “right” side of their brains to further God’s Kingdom.

Kids Drama & Creative Team

This team of children from 1st-5th grade meet each Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. They learn the basics of drama, creative writing, and how to spark their imagination. Most learning will be through fun, interactive techniques.

Creative Arts Camp

This fun week is held in July and is full of creativity for completed 1st-5th grades. The children in camp design and make their own costumes, work on the set and perform their creative slant to a play written just for this age group. The presentation is performed on the last day of the week.

Play or Talent Show

The children and youth drama & creative teams will end the year with a presentation in April and May. These plays are usually written or inspired by the Youth Drama Team.

Drama in Worship

Short sketches and readings are used occasionally in the church services to set-up the sermon or to reinforce the theme of the service. These are “no-worries” presentations which means that parts can be memorized or read.

 

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 Kindermusik

Through age-appropriate group lessons, Kindermusik allows infants, pre-schoolers, and young children to explore rhythm, melody, listening, movement, and playing simple instruments. Pre-registration is held twice a year. There are 12 classes per semester. Parents/guardians pay a semester fee that covers the cost of home materials and instruments. Scholarships are available to assist with the cost of materials when needed. Complete information concerning Kindermusik sessions is available from the church office. Teachers in the Kindermusik program have completed specialized training and are licensed by Kindermusik. Fall 2015 classes begin in August and continue through the end of November. There are still limited spaces available. Winter 2016 semester will begin in early January and continue through the end of April with registration beginning in November 2015. Fees usually run $80-$85 per semester which includes required at home materials. Themed May camps and Summer camps are also offered. Classes meet in room 206 of the Asbury Building.

Contact:    Mary Chris Newell            (706) 854-9544