The purpose of the Music Ministry at FUMC is to lead the congregation into an atmosphere of worship through the medium of music. A secondary purpose is to help train people musically and give these individuals an opportunity to give back to the Lord and His church through the use of their musical talents.
We have eleven different musical groups for people of all ages, preschool through senior adult. There are graded singing choirs for children, youth, adults, and senior adults, as well as handbell choirs for all ages. In addition to these groups, there is also a church orchestra. These groups all share one common goal: to enhance the worship experience of the congregation and to help lead people into the presence of God.
The annual activities in the music ministry include seasonal offerings from the Adult Choir and FUMC Orchestra. The Children’s Choirs also present two musical programs each year, one during Advent and one in the spring. The Youth Choir sings periodically throughout the year and takes an annual summer trip. Each spring, we also feature all of our handbell choirs in a combined concert. In addition to these events, there are full length musical services for Hanging of the Greens and Choir Dedication Day.
Other musical observances include special musical offerings for All Saints Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, and other special days throughout the year. Each choir also sings or plays on other Sundays during the year. We also host concerts by other youth or college choirs occasionally, as well as attend handbell workshops with children and adult groups. It is our goal to provide a well rounded music ministry that provides for the needs of our congregation and challenges them to grow both spiritually and musically.
The Psalms teach us to make a joyful noise to the Lord. We should also give our very best to Him in the process. These are both aims of the music ministry of FUMC. If you would like to be a part of this exciting ministry, you are invited to attend the choir rehearsal of your choice. The times and meeting places of these groups vary, so please see the calendar page or call the church office (601-924-6671) for more information.
Children’s Choirs – There are three children’s choirs at FUMC. Cherub Choir (ages 4 & 5), Carol Choir (grades 1-3), and Chorister Choir (grades 4-6) all meet at 5:00 p.m. each Sunday. In addition to two musicals a year, these choirs sing in church periodically through the year.
Senior Adult Choir - For anyone over ? years old who loves to sing. Sings in church occasionally and enjoys fellowship outings and trips from time to time either as a choir or as a part of the senior adult group at large.
Handbell Choirs (Adults of any age) There are two handbell groups for adults. One group meets on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and the other meets on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. The Senior Adult handbell group meets on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. There are four 1/2 octaves of bells and we play a variety of styles and skill levels.
Youth Handbell Choir (7th – 12th grades) Meeting time determined by participants. Continuing emphasis on learning basics of bell ringing and music theory.
Children’s Bell Choir (3rd – 6th grades) Meets every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in the balcony of the sanctuary. For students with at least one year of ringing experience. Continued emphasis on learning basic music theory and note reading.
FUMC Orchestra (For all ages) Meets every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Renders specials on Sunday mornings occasionally. Projects also include the accompaniment of the adult choir on specials from time to time and accompanying for all seasonal music programs.