Choirs & Praise Team

Music

“How good it is to sing praise to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!”

Psalm 147:1

The music program at Pitman United Methodist Church seeks to Praise God, serve God, and inspire those in the loft and in the pew.

We have a variety of musical ensembles for all ages in which to participate. 

As we join our voices or instruments in music, we seek to come together to Praise the Lord! It is a blessing to give our time and talents to the Lord, and we invite you to join with us and to become part of that blessing!

To God be the Glory!

VIPS:  Voices in Praise (Adult Choir)

The Voices in Praise Choir is our adult choir, ages high school to ???!  This group leads the music of our 11:00 worship service throughout the year, September through June.  We sing a variety of styles, ranging from contemporary, African American Spirituals, and through the tradition of the classics. 

Voices in Praise Choir

Voices in Praise Choir

For over eighty years, this choir, as well as other musical groups in the church come together for our annual “Candlelight Cantata,” that is held the Sunday before Christmas, at the traditional time of 4:15 p.m. 

They also present special music during the Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter celebrations. Occasionally, we join together with other church and community choirs to present such major works as Handel’s Messiah, and Faure’s Requiem.

 

 The Voices in Praise choir “season” runs from mid-September to late May.  During that period, we rehearse on Thursday evenings in the sanctuary choir loft.  Rehearsals begin at 7:00 PM.

 

 

Praise Team

The Praise Team leads the music during the 9:30 worship service throughout the year.

We sing primarily “contemporary” praise music, but our repertoire also includes many traditional hymns of the church.

 

Men’s Praise Team

The Men’s Praise Team serves to lead our Worship Services several times throughout the year.  Those who sing, as those who play an instrument are welcome to join this ensemble.

 

Alleluia Bell Choir

This is an Adult Bell Choir which plays several times throughout the year.  We also  “take our show on the road”  and present our music ministry at the Pitman Manor.

We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m in the Gathering Room (upper level of Education Wing).

 

Cherub Ringers & Singers

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Cherub Ringers

The Cherub Ringers are the youngest of our musical family (from ages 3-6), and they provide “special music” many times throughout the year for our morning worship services.  Our ringers play their colored bells to background accompaniment music.  Each child has a bell, and as the director holds up the color-coded cards, the children ring their bells when they see their color.

 

 

Learn More About Cherub Bells

The cherub ringers use the Kristal Bell Method. They play their bells to background accompaniment music. Each child has one colored bell, and the choir director holds up a a card displaying the colors to be played. The cards are changed in time with the music (and watching the director keep up is almost as inspiring as listening to the children!). Each child rings his/her bell when their color is displayed on the card.

This simple method enables children (ideal ages 4 to 10 years old) to produce beautiful hand bell music accompanied by recordings of fully orchestrated song arrangements. The most unique aspect of this method is that no musical knowledge is necessary on the part of the hand bell players. The way that the system is designed makes it possible to perform almost instantly.

The bells that the cherub ringers play are “8 note diatonic handbells.”  The four sets that they play were purchased in memory of  Sandy Porter, a long-time member of the church who loved hearing the church bells.  The music of our cherubs, in praise to God, is a reminder of her witness.
The Cherubs can also sing!  They bless us with their voices during some of our times of worship.
Rehearsal is every Thursday from 6:00 – 6:30 in the Chapel.

 

The Sunday School Singers

Our Sunday School gathers for song on various Sunday mornings. Throughout the year, this group also participates in some of our worship services.

 

Instrumentalists

Throughout the year, especially for our Easter and Christmas services, we welcome the addition of a variety of instruments. If you are interested in being a part of any of these special groups, please contact our music director.

If you have any questions about any of our musical ensembles and opportunities to serve in the music program, please contact our music director Sue Crispin, at music@pumc.org.

 

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