Music at FUMC!
In his letter to the church in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul says, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5: 19-20)
We at First United Methodist Church believe that there is a place in the ministry of music for everyone who desires to take Paul's challenge to heart and accept music leadership as a commitment. Although rehearsal time is necessary, we believe the spiritual growth of our membership and corporate building of our musical “body of Christ” far outweigh the “costs” of time spent! Come and join us in the musical family at First United Methodist Church. Please call Chris Caffee at the church office, 779-1324 today!
Adult, Youth and Children’s Music Organizations
Sanctuary Choir rehearses once a week on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The Sanctuary Choir sings at the 10:55 worship service and provides special works twice a year at Christmas and Easter. No previous music reading experience required. No audition is required and child care is provided for all rehearsals.
Celebration Choir sings the first three Sundays of the month at the 8:30 worship. No audition is required and child care is provided during worship. The choir meets for rehearsal and warm-up at 8:00 am on the mornings the choir sings in worship.
Revelation Youth Choir includes grades 6-12. The Youth choir sings in church at the discretion of the director and rehearses each Sunday from 4:30-5:15 in the choir loft. All Youth of FUMC and their friends are invited to the choir. No music reading experience is required.
Glory Sounds Bells includes grades 6-12 and rehearses every Sunday from 4:00-4:30 pm. No music reading experience is required. Glory Sounds rings in church on average once a month.
Music Maker Choir includes grades 2-4 and rehearses each Sunday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The Music Maker choir introduces the children to elementary music reading technique. Music Makers sing in church on average once a month.
Cheerful Cherubs includes children who are 4 (as of September 1) through those in Kindergarten and 1st grade. They rehearse each Sunday from 4:00-4:45 and sing in church on average once a month.
Joyful Noise is a children’s tone chime choir. It includes grades 2-4 and meets each Sunday afternoon from 4:45-5:15 pm. Joyful Noise introduces the children to elementary music reading techniques. They ring in church usually once in the fall and once in the spring.
Hosanna Bells is an adult and youth hand bell choir that rehearses on Wednesday evening from 5:30-6:15 pm. from September through May. Music reading experience is not required. Child care is provided for all rehearsals. They perform in church once a month.
Carillon Bells is an adult hand bell choir which meets from 6:15-6:55 pm each Wednesday from September through May. Music reading experience is not required but is helpful. Child care is provided for all rehearsals. They ring in church once a month.
FUMC Orchestra- Do you play a wind, string, brass, or percussion instrument? Our worship frequently uses special combinations of wind, string, brass and percussion instruments. Call David and let him know what your talent is!
Creative Arts Camp
CAC is for children who have completed 1st grade through those who have completed 6th grade as of the summer of the camp. It is held on the FUMC campus for one week, usually in July. (Check the FUMC web-site for projected days of the camp). At Creative Arts Camp children will learn a full-length children’s musical and present it with costumes and props on the Friday of camp. Additionally, each day the children will have snacks, recreation, devotions and an Interest Group. Interest Groups range in variety from woodworking, cake decorating, digital photography and lyric dance. Each child signs up for one interest group and stays with the group all week. Creative Arts Camp runs Monday through Friday 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Each summer FUMC Bryan sends a group of children, youth and adult choir members to attend the Texas Conference Choir Clinic
Choir clinic (or choir “camp”) is a spirited week filled with worship, song and instrumental musical development and takes place at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas. It is during this camp that musicians of all ages and denominations come together to celebrate God through the worship arts. FUMC Bryan offers full and partial scholarships to children, youth and adults of our church who attend camp. Choir camp is always one of the first weeks of June each summer. Check the church calendar to see when choir camp is this year!