“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
The Sanctuary Choir is a non-auditioned blend of singers of all levels who lead each Sunday morning in our Traditional Worship. Ensembles and soloists rise from the choir providing emphasis to a select piece of music or occasion. The Sanctuary Choir annually presents a Christmas program and Spring Concert. Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday at noon or evenings at 7:00 PM in the Choir Suite.
The First Baptist Church Orchestra is open to instrumentalists of high school age through adult and rehearses on Wednesday Evenings at 6:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Daniel Building. This group plays for worship, occasionally accompanies the Sanctuary Choir, and plays for special music events.
The music in our contemporary worship service (REACH) is led by our praise band. The band utilizes a variety of modern instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, keyboard and synthesizer, and acoustic drum kit. Our offering of songs includes modern versions of familiar hymns as well as contemporary worship songs that express our personal and collective worship of our God, acknowledging God’s majesty, grace, mercy and love. Ranging from softer ballads of lament to more vibrant and powerful anthems of praise, multi-generational, congregational participation is greatly encouraged and the songs and the vocal keys are chosen with that intent. Our music and singing are always for the purpose of bringing honor and glory to God.
If you have a heart for leading worship through music and you have been gifted with instrumental and/or vocal skill, we want to offer you the opportunity to share your gifts. Our instrumentalists typically use modern, amplified instruments and our vocalists sing in a more modern, contemporary style. Please contact Kurt Wachtel, Minister of Music, if you would like to discuss how you can be a part of our REACH music ministry. First Baptist wants to encourage everyone to find a place of service.
Adult Handbell Choir is open to adults who can read music and have skills in handbell ringing. This group plays in worship services several times a year as well as for special musical events during the year. This group currently meets Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Daniel Building behind the sanctuary.
Youth Music Ministry
Celebration Singers is for all students in grades 6-12. In order to offer worship leadership in Contemporary Worship, Traditional Worship and The Race (youth worship), Celebration Singers includes a wide variety when it comes to styles of music. In some pieces, the Youth Praise Band provides accompaniment. This group meets Sunday afternoons from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the choir room on the third floor of the Daniel Building.
Youth Praise Bands
The Middle School Praise Band, Apprentice, regularly leads worship for our middle school students on Wednesday evenings. They rehearse on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., prior to the worship time at 6:15 p.m. Apprentice is led by Mark Alexander. This is a great opportunity for youth to develop their musical talents to be used for God’s glory!
The High School Praise Band, Pilgrimz, regularly leads worship (The Race) for our high school students on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. They rehearse on Monday evenings at 5:00 p.m. and are led by Larry Fletcher. Participation in this band is demanding and helps youth develop their skills for worship leadership and helps them foster a servant’s heart for the church.
Both bands support in Celebration Singers and often lead in our contemporary worship service.
Youth Handbells is for students in grades 6-12. This group meets Sunday afternoons from 4:15-5:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Daniel Building.
Preschool & Children’s Music Ministry
Preschool and Children’s Choirs
Children’s Choirs meet on Wednesday evenings throughout the academic year. Our overriding goal is that choir will be a time and a place where boys and girls can experience God through music. Singing is our main activity but other musical activities include playing instruments, moving to music, creating music, reading music, developing listening skills and learning how to share our music with others. Each activity is intentionally and carefully immersed in spiritual concepts appropriate for each age group. The songs we teach are chosen carefully, knowing that a great amount of the doctrine that our children will learn can be derived from these texts.
Choir Rehearsal Schedules:
Sunshine Choirs (Age 3 – Kindergarten) Meets 5:40 – 6:30 p.m. in the Preschool Building
Music Makers (Grades 1 and 2) Meets 5:40 – 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Building
Young Musicians (Grades 3 – 5) Meets 5:40 – 6:30 p.m. in the Daniel Building (3rd fl. Choir room)
Children’s Chimes are for children in grades 3-5. We teach children how to read music and play the chimes. This group meets on Wednesdays 5:15-5:40 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Welcome Center behind the sanctuary.
Children’s Handbells is for children in grades 4 & 5 who have spent at least one year in chimes. This group meets on Wednesdays 5:15-5:40 p.m. on the second floor of the Welcome Center behind the sanctuary.
Senior Adult Choir
First Family Singers
The primary purpose of this choir is to minister to our community by singing at area nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and retirement centers. The group will occasionally sing during worship or for special music events. This group meets Thursday mornings 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the choir room on the third floor of the Administration Building behind the sanctuary. For more information, call the Music Office.