Music

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

 

MUSIC MINISTRY NOTES
As a Congregation, we have many things to be thankful for.  These past few months were a wonderful example of Talent, Fellowship, Giving and Worship for our Music Ministry.
 
WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE
Our clothing drive provided over 150 coats to A Woman's Place in Doylestown.  In addition, gloves, hats, socks and scarves were donated.  Special thanks to SARAH FLOYD and family for organizing this event.  The generosity of our congregation was appreciated.
 
20th FESTIVAL OF CAROLS 
December 9th was a wonderful night of music and celebration at St. John's.  Our Choirs, Bell Choirs, Orchestra and Special Groups were FABULOUS.  A good time was had by all.  We thank Alissa Nelson, and the Villa Joseph Marie HS Choir for their music.  Also, Brian Barber, Joe Vettori, Kari Johnson, The Newtown Brass Quintet and Robin Gaul for their contributions to the program.  And we can't forget Brian, Matt, Matthew and Kyle for their quartet "singing".  EVERYONE enjoyed your performance.
 
HANDBELL RESTORATION
As most of you know, our Handbells are 32 years old.  With the exception of one of our Bass Bells, all of our bells were donated through the years.  We have done an exceptional job of keeping the bells in great shape, with regular maintenance.  However, our handles and clappers need to be replaced due to age and cracking.  The cost is approximately $2,800.  I am please to announce that our offering from the FESTIVAL OF CAROLS was over $2,000, and we will be able to complete stage one of our restoration this summer.  THANK YOU ALL for your generosity to our Music Ministry.
 
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SUNDAY
Our December 16th Music Sunday was a great success.  Wonderful presentations by our choirs were given to an appreciative congregation.  Thank you to all who attended this very meaningful service.
 
All choirs at St. John's are open to anyone, young and old(er) who loves music.  There is no formal audition, and your participation in our Music Ministry is welcomed.

Music Ministry Recognition 2018

 

 

 
Festival of Carols

 

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.

JOYFUL VOICES
Children grade K-5
Sundays following the 10:30 worship service
Rehearsal last 25-30 minutes

JOYFUL CHIMES
Children grade 3-5
following Joyful Voices rehearsal on Sunday

YOUTH CHOIR
Children grade 6-12
Sundays 6:00 to 7:00

GENesis BELLS
Multi-generational choir
Children grade 6-12 & Adults
Tuesdays 5:45 to 6:45

ADULT CHOIR
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.

Praise Band

 

Vocal Choirs

CHILDREN’S CHOIR:
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).

YOUTH CHOIR:
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.

ADULT CHOIR:
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.

Handbells

JOYFUL CHIMES
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:
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.

CELEBRATION RINGERS:
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.