Choir gives children an opportunity to serve their church. Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and other activities all minister to children, but joining a choir gives children a chance to minister to others through music. Participation in a choir gives children an opportunity to take a leadership role in the service. It gives them a sense of responsibility for the ministry of the church and helps them identify with the traditional form of worship as they grow to adulthood. Furthermore, children’s choirs provide opportunities to build Christian character. A choir is a team with a common goal; the qualities of promptness, self-control, cooperation, and commitment are developed in choir. Children's choirs are also part of the education process. When children sing Scripture, they remember it for a lifetime. Reflecting on the message of the song as they sing instills understanding of spiritual truths and knowledge of God.
Novice Choir Wednesdays 4:30-5:00pm
This training choir is for children in Kindergarten and first grade, and all other new choristers. This choir rehearses every Wednesday afternoon during the program year unless noted otherwise on the calendar. In addition to learning basic musicianship and voice training, this choir is taught various parts and symbols of the church, creeds, prayers, and social etiquette and communication skills. Novice Choristers are presented in the annual Whiting Ceremony at the conclusion of the choir year, during which time Choristers receive their cottas as a sign of their personal achievement and commitment to God and the music of First United Methodist Church.
Choristers Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm
This choir is for children who are returning choristers from the previous season and for any child currently in second through seventh grades. Choristers regularly present musical offerings within our Services of Worship throughout the year, and at other events within the community.