St. John’s United Methodist Church is proud to offer members of the congregation a wide variety of Musical opportunities. Children and Adults are given the chance to participate in musical groups of varying styles and skill levels. Three vocal choirs, a praise band and 4 handbell choirs are available for membership during the year.
Please contact Roy Nelson, Director of Music, for more information: 215-355-7596, Roynel@aol.com
All Vocal and Handbell Choir Rehearsals
New members are invited to attend rehearsals as they are listed. Anyone who has a desire to sing or play bells is encouraged to attend. There is no audition or try-out for the choirs.
Children grade K-5
Sundays following the 10:30 worship service
Rehearsal last 25-30 minutes
Children grade 3-5
following Joyful Voices rehearsal on Sunday
Children grade 6-12
Sundays 6:00 to 7:00
Children grade 6-12 & Adults
Tuesdays 5:45 to 6:45
Thursdays 8:00 to 9:30
RING OF FAITH ADULT BELL CHOIR (Advanced)
Thursdays 6:45 to 7:45
(Please check with Roy Nelson for openings)
CELEBRATION RINGERS ADULT BELL CHOIR (Intermediate)
Mondays AS CALLED
PRAISE BAND / WORSHIP TEAM
Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:00
Rehearsals are ongoing Singers and Instrumentalists welcome.
Children grades K-5 (6) are invited to be a part of the Joyful Voices. Children learn songs to present in Worship Services. The Joyful Voices usually sing on the First and Third Sunday each month. They also sing at special services through the year. Rehearsal is after the 10:30 Worship Service each Sunday. Rehearsal will last 25-30 minutes. (Joyful Chimes rehearsal follows Joyful Voices).
The Youth Choir welcomes youth in grades 6-12. The Youth Choir. The Youth Choir usually present athems in Worship on the Second and Fourth Sunday each month. More advanced anthems are presented with the Adult Choir on occassion. Rehearsals are on Sunday evening from 6:00-7:00 PM. Prior membership in a choir is not required...new members are always welcome.
The Adult Choir presents music every week during the 10:30 worship. College students are encouraged to be a member of the choir. Anyone with some music experience is welcome in the choir. There is no audition. Rehearsal is on Thursday night at 8:00 in the Sanctuary.
PRAISE AND WORSHIP TEAM:
Our Praise Band presents music during our 9:15 worship service. Vocalists and Instrumentalists (guitar/keyboard/percussion) are ALWAYS welcome. Rehearsal is on Tuesday night, at 7:00, and usually lasts an hour.
Children grades 2-5 (6) are welcome in the Joyful Chime Bell Choir. Children will be taught basic ringing skills and music reading. No experience is necessary. Rehearsal takes place on Sundays following 10:30 worship service. (The Bells rehearse AFTER the Joyful Voices singing choir rehearsal). We are usually finished by 12:45.
GENesis Bells is a multi-generational choir that has youth grades 6-12 & adults participating. We were very successful with this format last year, and it allowed us to play more difficult music which was a challenge for all involved. There are several open spots in this choir for adults and youth. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday afternoon, from 5:45 to 6:45. We usually ring once a month, on the Second Sunday.
This Bell Choir is for adults who have a desire to ring in a choir with limited playing and rehearsing. The rehearsals are usually on the first Monday of each month. Playing is at Christmas, during Lent and at the end of the year. Music experience/reading is a plus, but not required.
RING OF FAITH:
Our advanced Bell Choir rings every month, and rehearses on Thursday nights each week. At the present time, there are no openings in this choir. However, we always need "standby" substitutes. Music experience/reading is a requirement.