Traditional mixed choir (High-school age and up)
Rehearsal: Wednesday (7:30pm-8:30pm) Choir Suite, Room 303
Sanctuary choir is a fun group of people with a serious passion for worship. We do a wide variety of music from around the world and spanning many centuries. While we do work extremely hard at producing the highest quality music we can, we understand our role not to be as performers, but as worship leaders. We support the congregation in singing during worship, and sing anthems to enrich the congregation’s worship experience. We sing almost every week and at most special services like Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. You don’t need any formal training or experience to be in the choir, just a desire to worship God with music, and a commitment to work at it regularly.
Leaders of congregational song - High school age and up
Rehearsal: Wednesday (6:00pm-7:00pm) Sanctuary
The Worship Ensemble is primarily focused on the art and skill of leading congregational singing. We lead traditional hymns and contemporary songs at most services during the year, and occasionally at special services like Christmas Eve. Our instruments typically include piano, bass, drums and guitar, but we have been known to add horns as well. While no specific level of skill is required, we do ask for a basic proficiency on your instrument because this isn’t a “training” ensemble. However, if you’re kind of rusty after many years of not playing or singing, or have a really strong desire to learn, we’ll help you get up to speed pretty quickly.
Adult Handbell choir - High-school aged and up
Rehearsal: Monday (6:00pm-7:00pm) Handbell Room, Room 314
Westminster Ringers explores all aspects of handbell ringing. Bells may be rung as a “stand alone” ensemble, or may be used to support another group’s music, or can support hymn singing by playing the melody, an accompaniment or “musical enhancements”, or be used liturgically in worship, or… We will learn many types of music as well as a wide variety of ringing techniques. As an ensemble, we recognize that though we work hard, it’s ultimately all for God’s praise. Typically, we’ll ring six to eight times a year, plus some special services like Christmas Eve or Maundy Thursday, and we may do some events off campus, like playing at a retirement center. While ringing experience may be helpful, it is not necessary. Please don’t let lack of experience stop you from joining. We are a team and all work together to lift and encourage each other. In addition, a little “outside” help is always available from many sources eager to encourage the art of handbell ringing. It’s a lot of fun!