Jim Spark – Director of Music Ministry
Sacred music, like prayer, is the voice of faith raised in adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving. Through our Music Ministries we glorify God and strive to encourage commitment to Christ. Our spiritual and musical gifts uplift and renew our worship services in time-honored as well as new traditions. Our Music Ministry also enriches the community through new programs and a new outreach mission to encourage community participation.
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This vocal ensemble sings traditional anthems, spiritual songs, and hymns at most of the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship services. Our ministry goal is to provide a caring community within FPC that glorifies God through music in worship leadership and outreach. All who love to sing God’s praises are welcome to join.
Members of this seasonal ensemble supplement the Chancel Choir during the Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter seasons when large works for chorus and orchestra are being prepared and presented for special services. Our ministry goal is to provide opportunities for singers who have difficulty with the weekly Sunday commitment schedule of the Chancel Choir due to family or job-related issues, but who are able to attend mid-week rehearsals. All who love to make a joyful noise unto the Lord are welcome to participate. The Cantata Choir performs at least two major works during the year.
Praise Team and Band
This group is open to members who are interested in participating in the Contemporary Worship service, singing, playing guitars, keyboards, drums, or auxiliary percussion instruments.
This group is involved in a choir program open to all children in grades K-5. The Alpha group consists of kindergarten through second graders and the Omega group is made up of third through fifth graders. The children are exposed to many music-making experiences through singing and playing rhythmical instruments. In addition to learning concepts about vocal production and the fundamentals of music, the children also prepare music to perform during worship services.
This concert series is the primary vehicle for the Music Ministry’s community outreach. With an ambitious schedule of six or more concerts a year, Abendmusik draws FPC neighbors and the larger community into the church to participate in or listen to sacred and secular music, including special holiday music.
The ministry goal of the orchestra is to glorify God through instrumental music and provide opportunities for anyone in our church family or the community who wants to “draw their bows, toot their horns, or crash cymbals” to the Glory of God. This intergenerational ensemble accepts players at all levels of ability and participates in worship every four to six weeks. No audition is required. All are welcome and encouraged to join.
This is an ensemble of flexible dimensions ranging from a brass quartet to a brass choir that provides musical offerings in worship every four to six weeks. All who play brass instruments are welcome to join.
The Jubilate Ringers is composed of twelve principal players as well as several substitute ringers who play advanced music. Music reading is necessary to participate in this activity. The Jubilate Ringers often perform at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The A-Pealers Ensemble perform as an advanced hand bell quartet. Music reading is necessary in order to
The Joyful Ringers is an ensemble for children in grades three through five who are interested in learning the basics for making beautiful music with hand bells as a team. Children of all musical skill levels are welcome. WFPC registration is recommended