Music Ministry

“Oh sing to the Lord a new song!”  From traditional choral singing to contemporary praise bands and Kindermusik classes, we have reason to sing our praises out loud! 

As we progress through the summer months we are reminded of the swift change around us. We are mindful all that is possible and our music is illustrative of that. Our Sanctuary Music program is happy to host fall performances. The first one on Nov. 19 features our own Chancel Choir, local school groups, and choral groups from the University of South Carolina. Our Chancel Choir also looks ahead to the season of Advent and the music of Christmastime, including the return of Sing We Now of Christmas on the evening of December 11. 

 
 
 
Wesley Singers
 
 
 
 
 
Handbells
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chancel Choir
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Kings Brass
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sanctuary Music

Wesley Singers

This opportunity is for children in first through fifth grades that would like to participate and learn the joys of praising God through singing. The Wesley Singers are involved in the Traditional service and Lifesong throughout the year. The children begin to learn the fundamentals of music along with performance etiquette and how singing is used in worship for God’s glory. The choir meets most Sundays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Chancel Choir room. Adult assistance is always welcome! Contact Suzanne Fowley if you’d like to help

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a volunteer group of singers whose ministry is music. They provide musical assistance and  leadership in the worship of God in the Traditional Service at 11:00 AM each Sunday.  They are dedicated to excellence in the worship experience and sing a variety of sacred music through the liturgical year as well as seasonal concerts.  The Chancel Choir is a place where members can use their talents for the glory of God and enjoy the fellowship of other believers.  The choir rehearses each Wednesday at 7PM in the choir room. All are welcome to participate.

Chancel Bells

The handbell choir is an advanced group of musicians that participate in the Sanctuary worship on a regular basis. Music reading skills and a commitment to rehearsal time is required. The Chancel Bells are open to all adults interested and meets each Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the Chancel Bell room just off from the choir room.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grace Ladies and Men of Grace

These ensembles are for vocalists who are interested in using their talents but aren’t able to make the commitment of weekly rehearsals. Each group rehearses periodically throughout the year and sings only a few Sundays during the 11:00 service around holidays and select occasions.

Instrumentalists

All musicians that would like to be involved with playing, accompanying, rehearsing, or just filling in here and there, are invited to do as little or as much as you would like. The music program always needs and is looking for a variety of instruments for special concerts, anthems, and programs. Please let us know If you are interested in participating in the music program. We will be thrilled to get you plugged in.
 
For more information on Sanctuary music, contact Chris Leysath, Sanctuary Music Director.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LifeSong Contemporary Service Praise Teams

Ephesians 1:11-14 says…  “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”

The LifeSong Contemporary Worship service at Grace UMC creatively combines a unique blend of Methodist traditions with modern media and praise and worship music.  The LifeSong Worship Team is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers who seek to grow closer in their personal relationship with God while using their gifts to lead others in worship each Sunday.   We believe that God has called us ALL to worship him and that he has gifted each of us with specific skill sets to bring glory to his name.  Whether it is playing a musical instrument, singing, or running the soundboard in the tech booth, there are numerous opportunities for individuals to serve each and every week at LifeSong.  If you believe that God has gifted you with skills to serve in this ministry, please contact Michael Keltz right away for more information.  We would love to have you as part of the team! 

For more information contact Michael Keltz, LifeSong Contemporary Service Director.
 

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 2021 classes begin in August and continue through the end of November. Winter 2022 semester will begin in early  January and continue through the end of April with registration beginning in November 2021. Fees usually run $85 per semester which includes required at home materials.  Themed May camps and Summer camps are also offered with registration for these beginning in April. Classes meet in room 206 of the Asbury Building.
 
For more information, contact Kindermusik Director, Mary Chris Newell