The Music Ministry at Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church is an exciting ministry that offers opportunities of service through musical arts for ages ranging from pre-kindergarten through adults. The purpose of the Music Ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and song, encourage believers in their walk with Christ, lead the congregation in worship and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gifts and be an integral part of the worship experience. Music is an offering to the Glory of God, and through music we seek to create beauty and inspiration in worship. Music is also an effective tool in the teaching of the Christian faith and the scriptures. All of our musical groups welcome new members, are voluntary, and everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of experience. There are no auditions for membership, and the only qualification is a true desire to be of service to God and the Church. Whether you are a professional musician or just love music, we believe there is a place for you to serve. Please take a moment to review the many programs we have to offer and prayerfully consider what God would have you do with the musical gift He has given you.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s definition explains the true purpose of church music: “The ultimate and final purpose of all music should be for the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. -Martin Luther.
Music for Children
All children will participate in our children’s music program at 9:30 a.m. for the first 15-20 minutes of Sunday school. Preschool through 1st grade children will sing with Karen Akers in the Ark Park before being taken to their CQ classrooms. 2nd through 5th graders will meet in the Children’s Music Room behind Fellowship Hall to sing, play instruments, and learn the fundamentals of music with Bill Follmann.
All children will have the opportunity to perform in worship services about eight times a year. They will also have the opportunity to sing and act in the Children’s Christmas Program which will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Christmas Program is open to children and youth of all ages. 6th-12th graders, please let Mr. Follmann know by October if you are interested in participating.
The Chancel choir is our lead choir open to all people from 8th grade through adult and is a rewarding 4 part mixed choir that sings weekly alternating between the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. services. The choir will explore a number of different musical styles and texts and rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the music room. The Chancel choir season begins in late August and ends in early June. We will sing for special services such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and also for funerals as needed. The “All Choir Sunday” services before Christmas and on Easter are an opportunity for us to sing larger works with other musical groups such as brass and bell choirs. The choir dinner show in the fall is an optional event that is both fun and rewarding. Please contact Bill F. for any additional information or questions you may have about the Chancel choir. Bill can be reached by contacting the church office at 262-251-3830.
Adult Vocal Choirs
The Women’s and Men’s choirs sing 3-4 part music from a variety of styles and will sing for worship every 4-5 weeks and alternate between the 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. service. The choirs will rehearse for 30 minutes on Thursday evenings and will alternate the start time from one week to the next. One week it will start at 6:00 p.m. and the next week it will start at 6:30 p.m. As with the Chancel Choir, this group is open to all men and women from 8th grade through adult. Please contact Bill F. for any additional information or questions you may have about the Women’s or Men’s choir. Bill can be reached by contacting the church office at 262-251-3830.
The Rainbow Ringers are our hand bell choir for youth. They are led by Amy Bell and perform sacred music regularly.
The Spirit Ringers are our adult hand bell choir. They are led by Kathy Kamps. Under Kathy’s direction the Spirit Ringers play often in worship.
Led by Joe Burzinski our Brass Choir is a group of adults and youth who play sacred music regularly during our worship services.