Worship and Music Ministry
The goal of the Worship and Music Ministry is to glorify God through our gifts of talent and time, and to grow closer to God as we serve. We offer music in our worship services, and we occasionally travel to living centers in our area to share the beauty of music and the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
If you want to sing, play an instrument or ring handbells, we welcome you. If you want to serve communion, you will bless our congregation. If you can mend a choir robe or have woodworking skills, your talents are needed. If you love plants and would be willing to water poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter, we would appreciate your sharing your time.
Please see the list of choirs and other ministries. If you have a talent in any of the arts that is not mentioned, let us know that you are interested in sharing.
Chancel Choir—Chancel Choir is open to all adults, college and older, without audition. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm, September through May, in the Choir Room. The choir for the 11:00am worship service every Sunday (except July and August) and for special programs. The director is Dr. Randi Von Ellefson.
Revelation—Revelation is open to all adults, college and older, without audition. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm, September through April, in the Choir Room. Revelation sings for the 8:30am worship service two or three Sundays each month and for special programs. The director is Dr. Randi Von Ellefson.
Youth Choir—Youth Choir welcomes all students, grades 6-12. Rehearsals are Sundays, 4:00-5:00pm. Youth Choir sings approximately once a month for sanctuary worship services (8:30 and 11:00am). Sixth graders may sing in Youth Choir or Carol Choir or both. The director is Emily Dimmitt.
Carol Choir—Carol Choir is for students in grades 3-6. Sixth graders may choose to sing in Youth Choir or Carol Choir or both. Rehearsals are Sundays during the 8:30am worship service, approximately 9:00-9:30am, September through early May. Students are dismissed during the Doxology and meet their director, Raul Dominguez, in the Choir Room. Carol Choir sings monthly for the 8:30am worship service and for the children’s Christmas program.
Angel Choir—Our youngest singing choir, Angel Choir, welcomes children in Kindergarten through Grade 2. Angel Choir rehearses Sundays, approximately 9:00-9:30am, September through early May in the Temple Tunes room in the children’s wing. Children are dismissed during the Doxology at the 8:30am worship service to meet their director in the foyer. Angel Choir sings for the 8:30am worship service monthly and for the children’s Christmas program.
Cherubim Choir—Cherubim Choir, for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5, meets in the Conference Room during the 11:00am worship services. Rehearsals are approximately 11:30am to noon, September through early May. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary service during the Doxology, and children are gathered from the Chapel Hill LIVE! service by Cherubim Choir leaders. The choir sings for the sanctuary service monthly and for Chapel Hill LIVE! occasionally. Molly Stryker is the director.
Ellen Jackson, Director
Chapel Bells—Chapel Bells, thirteen ringers, is open to adults by audition or previous ringing experience when space is available. We always need substitutes! Chapel Bells rehearse on Tuesdays, 7:15-8:30pm, September through early May. They ring for the sanctuary worship services several times each semester and for special programs. Our goal is to play in the community twice each ringing year. Music reading is required.
Joyful Ringers—Joyful Ringers, an intermediate level adult handbell choir of 11 players, is open to adults as positions become available. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm, September through early May, in the Conference Room. They ring approximately 3-4 times per year for the 8:30 and 11:00 am worship services and for community outreach events and service opportunities.
Youth Bells—Youth Bells, Grades 6-12, rehearse Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, September through early May. Music reading is helpful. Regular attendance is required.
Carol Bells—Carol Bells is open to students in Grades 3-5. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 4:45-5:30pm, late September through early May. Music reading is taught. Regular attendance is required. Children from Chapel Hill’s Whiz Kids tutoring program are encouraged to participate.
Spirit Winds is open to adult brass and woodwind instrumentalists. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm. They enrich the musical experience in sanctuary worship services approximately once per month. Spirit Winds director is Christopher Hall.
Worship and Christian Arts
Seasonal Decorating—If you like working with plants, seasonal decorating is for you! Each Christmas and Easter we order poinsettias or lilies to adorn our sanctuary. Volunteers are needed to help unwrap and place the plants, as well as water poinsettias during the Advent and Christmas season.
AV Operators—Those who enjoy technology are encouraged to volunteer to assist our sound and video operators during the sanctuary worship services. Training is provided.
Pianists/accompanists, both regulars and substitutes, are needed for our singing choirs. Chapel Hill UMC also has a second-Sunday service at two retirement centers; accompanists are needed for the hymns at these homes. Please let us know if you play the piano or organ!