+ CHANCEL CHOIR (Holden Road Campus)
Rehearses Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm (mid-August through May)
Our Chancel Choir is an adult choir whose principal responsibility is the 11am worship service. This choir is involved with special services and performances such as Advent/Lenten services and seasonal concerts and presents major choral works annually such as Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem.
+ NEW COVENANT CHOIR
Rehearses Thursdays 7pm-8pm (mid-August through May)
Our New Covenant Choir is an adult choir whose principal responsibility is the 8:30am worship service.
This choir also provides music for special services such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.
+ Youth Choir
Rehearses Sundays 5pm–6pm
Our Youth Choir (grades 6-12) sings monthly in Sunday worship services, as well as in special services throughout the year, including the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols and Youth Sunday. The choir also travels each summer on a Music and Mission Trip.
+ Children's Choirs
- Wesley Choir (Ages 5-2nd Grade)
Rehearses Wednesdays during the school year from 6pm-6:30pm. Directed by Chris Dederer, Organist and Director of Children's Music.
- Choristers (3rd-5th Grade)
Rehearses Sundays during the school year from 6pm-6:45pm. Directed by Chris Dederer, Organist and Director of Children's Music.
- Chime Choir (3rd-5th Grade)
Rehearses Sundays during the school year from 6:50pm-7:30pm
Choir Chimes are are musical instruments played similarly to handbells, but they are much more durable and great for all ages (you don't have to wear gloves or worry about scratches). This is a great opportunity for older children to have hands-on experience with an instrument and allows them to develop their music literacy skills, which have been proven to help stimulate the learning process for children in all areas, not just music! Directed by Jared Gordon, Director of Handbell Ministries.
+ Seasonal Choirs
- Gallery Choir: This choir is a small ensemble of Youth Choir alumna, college-age and older, that rehearses over Thanksgiving and sings for the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols in December annually.
- Gospel Choir: The Christ Church Gospel Choir sings each summer at the 11am service and is open to all youth and adults. For more information, contact Cathy West (email@example.com).
- Men's Chorus: The Christ Church Men's Chorus is open to all youth and adult males. The group sings each summer at the 11am service and during the Advent/Christmas season. To learn more, or to be added to the Men's Chorus email list, please contact Cathy West (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ Chancel Choir (Glenwood Campus)
Rehearses Sundays 10:40am
Provides music for our 11am traditional service at Christ Church Glenwood on Sunday mornings and for special services throughout the year.
Contact June Bennett, email@example.com
Christ Church is blessed to have three standing adult handbell ensembles, one children's chime choir, and one youth handbell ensemble. In addition to regular weekly rehearsals throughout the fall and winter and frequent musical leadership in worship, all three adult groups join together to present a lavish annual Christmas Concert. Equipment used by the handbell and hand chime program include one five-octave set of handbells, a second set of 41/2 octaves, and a three-octave set of choir chimes.
+ CAMPANA RINGERS
Rehearses Tuesdays 5pm-6pm
Christ Church's first handbell choir is a two-octave group ringing early intermediate handbell music.
They ring from time to time in worship and for special events.
+ CARILLON RINGERS
Rehearses Mondays 7pm-8:30pm
An advanced bell choir that plays for worship services, bell choir festivals, and various local institutions.
+ CELEBRATION RINGERS
Rehearses Tuesdays 9am-10:30am
An intermediate bell choir that rehearses from 9am to 10:30am on Tuesdays.
This ensemble also plays in Sunday worship services and for local community groups.
+ Handbell Choir (Glenwood Campus)
A 3-octave handbell choir featuring beginning to easy-level hymn arrangements. Provides music for traditional service and special services at Glenwood campus. All ages welcome.
+ CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP BANDS
Two bands of instrumentalists and vocalists provide music for our 9am and 11am contemporary worship services. For more information contact Matt Gravely (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ CHRIST CHURCH FLUTE CHOIR
Rehearses Sundays 2pm–3:30pm
This instrumental choir consists of adult church and non-church members and includes piccolo, c flute, alto and bass flutes. This group plays for worship services at Christ Church, other churches and at retirement homes. Persons interested in participating in this ensemble should contact Nancy Thurston (email@example.com).
+ OTHER INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES
Additional instrumental groups are often assembled to participate in worship and fellowship activities; these include Brass and Woodwind ensembles, jazz/Dixieland combos, and occasional solo instrumentalists. If you are interested in sharing your instrumental gifts with Christ Church, please contact Cathy West (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Christ Church has a strong history of drama, including Broadway musicals (Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Sound of Music), extended religious works (Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde and Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors) and dramatic presentations in worship. Opportunities exist for children, youth and adults to be involved in creating, directing and performing in these dramatic experiences. The education department also includes a strong drama component as part of its Vacation Bible School experience. We see the use of drama in our worship services as a way to further "tell the story" in a creative way.
Our Drama Ministry small group creates, rehearses, and performs short dramas to support worship and special events at Christ Church. Also includes puppet ministry, designing and producing videos, and performing readers’ theater. For more information, contact Jim Gibson (email@example.com).
Psalm 150 says, "Praise God with tambourine and dance." We have a youth liturgical dance troupe that practices and performs as part of the YMAC program (The Good News Dancers), and we have had special dance presentations for all ages in worship services outside of this program. Many of our dramatic presentations have included dance, as well as our church's Vacation Bible School program.
+ VISUAL ARTS
We view the visual arts as a means to enhance both our worship experiences and our physical surroundings. Individuals in the church have created several arrangements through the year for our Sanctuary, Fellowship Center and Gathering Space to coincide with our worship themes, and we welcome anyone with ideas for these arrangements. Members have also created paintings and banners for the church, and in 1999, we exhibited the "Life of Christ" painting series, created by Wendy Wallace, which is currently on tour in the U.S. If you would like to be involved with the Visual Arts Ministry at Christ Church, please contact Virginia Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org).
+ Music for a Great Space
Entering its 29th season, Music for a Great Space features many genres of amazing artists and ensembles from around the world including two concerts by organists featuring our beloved Fisk organ Opus 82. MGS continues its mission to take visiting artists into various schools in the community. Students attending these educational presentations receive a voucher that allows them and their entire family to attend the evening concert free.
For more history about MGS at CUMC, visit our Partners page.
+ OUTSIDE EVENTS
The excellent acoustical qualities of our sanctuary, coupled with the exceptional C.B. Fisk pipe organ, make our church a frequent performance venue for community events such as Music for a Great Space, Bel Canto Company, Opus Concert Series and various college performances.