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Worship and Music Committee

Mission Statement:   The mission of the Worship and Music Committee is to encourage vital worship in meaningful ways which supports the church's mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

Goal:  That worship participants are addressed, touched, washed, fed, anointed and strengthened in their relationship to God and one another.

Duties:

This Committee shall coordinate weekly worship & seasonal worship planning.

This Committee shall recruit & provide assistance & direction for lectors (lay readers), ushers/greeters, communion assistants and acolytes. 

This Committee will support the work of the altar guild to decorate the sanctuary as appropriate to the church seasons.

 

Choirs:

Sunday School Children

The children in Nursery/Preschool through Grade 4 gather on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  Nursery/Preschool/Kindergarten practice songs.   The children in Grade 1 through Grade 4 practice songs.  Both groups usually sing during the service on the second Sunday of the month.

Rock’n the Church Choir

This children’s choir practices at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings after Sunday School each week.  They usually sing for services on the third Sunday of the month.   The choir is composed of children in Grade 3 through Grade 6. 

Bells of St. John

The Bells of St. John practice from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights from September through May.  Our bell choir members faithfully come to rehearsal each week and ring to the Lord during our worship services on the last Sunday of the month. We have a powerful tool in handbells to add excitement, color, beauty, mystery and meaning to worship.  We invite you to our services to listen to the handbell choir.  Our handbell choir needs ten members to ring our 3-octave set of 37 handbells and our 3-octave set of choir chimes.  Kathy Heyda has been directing the handbell choir at St. John’s since 1986. 
 
The handbell is a percussion instrument with an outside casting made of bronze.  They are not lacquered to protect the finish.  Touching the casting with bare hands will cause stains on the outside finish.  That’s why bell ringers wear gloves.  The bells are tuned to produce a precise note.  Our bells were manufactured in Pennsylvania by the Malmark Company.  Handbells were invented in the 1600’s in England.  Handbells were first brought to the U.S. around 1840.  In the 1940’s people began to ring handbells in American churches.  Today there are over 10,000 handbell choirs in North America.