The children’s music ministry nurtures musical literacy and familiarity with worship practices so that our children grow to be active participants in worship. Through this ministry, our children develop as singers and musicians, and learn about the heritage of our hymns, the liturgical year, and Christian symbolism. They also experience the teamwork necessary to make music effectively. The ministry relies on significant involvement of nurturing adult volunteers. Mary Elizabeth Hanchey serves as Interim Director of Children’s Music Ministries. All children from birth through fifth grade are invited to participate in one of our Wednesday evening Children’s Music Ministry offerings:
Rhythm and Coos
For lap babies through age 3 years, their siblings, and parents, led by Mary Elizabeth Hanchey (5:00-5:30)
Rhythm and Coos is an activity-based program that builds musical literacy; nurtures physical, social, and theological development; and models play with music for parents and families. Childcare for older siblings is provided.
Ages 3-4 years, led by Anne Claire Broughton (6:30-7:15)
KinderPraise is an activity-based program to help children learn the basics of rhythm and melody in a safe and play-like environment. KinderPraise also nurtures physical, social, and theological development for these young, curious learners.
Kindergarten and grade 1, led by Mary Elizabeth Hanchey (6:15-7:00, music and liturgy; 7:00-7:15, storytime with Esther Soud Parker)
The Praise Choir is the youngest choir to sing in morning worship. They begin the process of reading music and continue to develop their skills in rhythm and tonality. Praise Choir also nurtures physical, social, and theological development for these children who are beginning elementary school and becoming independent learners.
Grades 2-5, led by Mary Elizabeth Hanchey (6:30-7:20, music and liturgy)
The Alleluia Choir sings most frequently in worship. These children demonstrate a mastery of the musical skills that begin in our youngest choirs. The children begin working together, and individually, on accomplishing specific learning goals. More importantly, these children experience the significance of making music together and of thinking together about worship.