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CHOIR REHEASALS ARE EVERY WED. NIGHT BEGINNING AT 7:30 P.M. AND DIRECTED BY DANNY MOORE.

A NEW JUNIOR CHOIR IS BEGINNING! Children in Elementary School and older are invited to rehearse for 15 minutes every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

COME JOIN US AND SING!

[Watch for the start of a new handbell choir. If you are interested in participating, call the church office, 239-2788.]

We love to glorify and worship God by our music!

The Music Ministry at St. Andrew is an integral part not only of the worship experiences, but also of our fellowship and BodyLife programs. Our Adult Chancel Choir rehearses weekly, and is part of the 11:00 a.m. service every Sunday for most of the year (we take a little time off over the summer). This group of caring friends not only work hard to produce quality music to offer in worship, but also they are very dedicated to supporting each other in prayer and service as brothers and sisters in Christ. As music is chosen for this group to learn and present, much consideration is given to theologically sound lyrics, musicality of the composition, and specific abilities of our choir members; this is an effort not only to present music to enhance worship, but also to both challenge our choir members musically toward growth with new and harmonically interesting choral works AND allow for more familiar styles and favorite songs with which to simply celebrate our gift of singing to the glory of God.

Musically, we integrate all styles of music into our repertoire, from the occasional classical piece to anthem arrangements of more contemporary songs, hopefully ministering to every worshipper, that each may feel more connected in worship, as they are bound to hear their own “favorite” type of worship music along the way. It also allows for our congregation to be exposed to styles of music with which they might not be familiar, such that we might all grow together in our worship experience. Generally, we enjoy works by America’s most popular choral composers such as Joseph Martin, Pepper Choplin, Craig Courtney, Keith and Krystin Getty, and their peers. We carefully strive to connect our anthem offertory selections to the scripture and sermon themes for each service to support and expand the message of the day.

During the year, the Chancel Choir offers special music for a number of occasions, such as:

*Observance of the Advent season as well as the Season of Lent with thematic music throughout those periods.

*An annual musical program for St. Andrew’s Celebration of the Incarnation service every Advent season

*Celebratory music with added musicians for Maundy Thursday and Easter morning.

*Occasional extra choral concerts, which we have even taken “on the road” to be presented in the historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg several times.

*An annual Men’s Chorus Sunday for any men of the church who wish to participate (this is a congregational favorite)

For our Jubilee Service at 9:00 a.m., we are led in musical worship by piano, acoustic guitar and electric bass guitar, with a small intergenerational group of singers leading the congregation in hymns and worship songs thematically connected to each service. Our goal here is to have the congregation involved as much as possible in the music of this service, especially engaging those who may not feel prepared to participate in more “formal” music. This is a wonderful opportunity especially for our young families to begin to learn how to participate together in worship. As this service is held in our outdoor chapel during the spring and summer seasons, this less formal musical style works well to keep music as a very important element of our worship.

We involve our children in our music ministry with an annual Christmas pageant, where they can enact the Christmas story and sing seasonal songs throughout the service. We also engage our elementary children in a loosely organized Children’s Choir where they can learn some wonderful and meaningful sacred songs during their Sunday School hour and then occasionally present these songs in worship. As our children age into it, we are sometimes able to organize a longer dedicated time for children’s choir rehearsal and presentations; this seems to work best to organize seasonally/yearly according to the ages of our participating children at any given time.

St. Andrew has 3 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, which have been used by organized handbell choirs intermittently over the years. As a handbell choir ministry depends very specifically on a particular number or participants, we use the handbells when we have that number of participants available. We currently hope to have a handbell choir rehearsing and presenting in worship again in the near future.

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