🚀Fall Music Ministry Rehearsals Launch! 🚀 Who, What, When?

Our Fall rehearsal schedules kick off starting RIGHT NOW in early September!

From the AP Mission Team 2018 trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic – This little guy was definitely eager to join the music ministry. May we all have the same boldness to make a joyful noise to the Lord!

We've expanded our Youth Choir rehearsals this year to weekly on Wednesdays. We'll also be expanding our outreach beyond our walls in most of our adult and youth ensembles! Why? We've got a really special music ministry at Abiding Presence, a blessing worth sharing. I invite you to join me in sharing your love of God, neighbor, and music in whatever way you feel most comfortable.

  • Do none of the groups listed below quite fit you? We're always looking for special soloists (vocal & instrumental), small ensembles (duets, trios, etc.), cantors (for Saturday 6:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM worship), audio-visual tech team, and office/library/logistical support volunteers.
  • Not sure where to start? Got a friend/family member (or yourself) who wants to get involved but isn't sure whether you/they have anything worth offering? Come talk to me (David Chávez, Music & Worship Minister) after church or email me. I'll buy you a coffee/tea/frapp and we can chat in a no-obligation way about ways to serve our faith family and community through music, worship, and the arts. All you need is willingness to serve, and there is a place for you at Abiding Presence.
  • Visit AbidingPresence.net/music for more detailed information.
  • If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, email dave@abidingpresence.net to be added to the email list, or just show up for rehearsal!

Alphabetical List of Ensembles

Abiding Presence Brass

  • Plays for various Sunday services and special services
  • Open to all adults, high school students, and (with director permission) middle schoolers
  • Scheduled as needed, according to individual availability
  • New for 2018-2019 — easy and fun “continuing ed” opportunities for adults who want to get back into playing brass (after not having played in some years!)

Abiding Presence Choir

  • Assists in leading worship at weekly 11:00 AM traditional service, plus select special services
  • Open to all adults, high school students, and (with director permission) middle schoolers
  • Rehearses Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 PM, starting Sept. 4
  • New for 2018-2019 — new specialized repertoire for “men’s choir” (tenors/basses), “women’s choir” (sopranos/altos), and lower-voice women (altos)

Abiding Presence Orchestra

  • Assists in leading worship in special services and major holidays throughout the year, and in select regular Sunday services.
  • Scheduled as needed, according to individual availability
  • New for 2018-2019 — premiere major new work for the final weekend of Advent (Saturday, December 22, 6:00 PM worship)

Children’s Choirs, directed by Lori Rossett

  • Assists in leading worship about once a month during the program year, plus special services and holidays. Participates in Christmas drama and Spring musical annually.
  • Open to all children from preschool through 6th grade; email lori@abidingpresence.net to be added to the email list, or just show up!
  • Rehearse during Wednesday Night Gathering (half hour rehearsals grouped by age/grade level, starting Sept. 26. Please watch the weekly announcements and e-news for updates.
  • From Lori: We are looking forward to a great year. The children will be invited to participate in several church services during the year, a short Christmas production in December, and a musical in May. Please plan to join us on Wednesday nights. If you are not able to come every week, come as you are able. Check the full schedule of Wednesday night activities, as that will include other activities in which the children can be involved.

Hallelujah Ringers (handbell choir)

  • Assists in leading worship at various services about once a month during the program year
  • Open to all adults, high school students, and middle schoolers
  • Rehearses Wednesdays, 6:45-7:45 PM, starting Sept. 12
  • New for 2018-2019 — offsite mini-concert at a local retirement community to serve our neighbors through the ministry of music and friendship!

Praise Band

  • Assists in leading worship weekly at 8:45 AM praise service, as well as select special services
  • Open to all adults, high school students, and (with director permission) middle schoolers
  • Scheduled as needed (according to instrument/voice part, etc.), according to individual availability; rehearsals normally on Saturdays at 4:00 PM and on Sundays before worship
  • New for 2018-2019 — extend our ministry offsite by sharing (online) our experience via recordings, sheet music, and instructional resources! We intend to help resource similar congregations who wish to start a praise band ministry.

Youth Band

  • Assists in leading worship about once a month during the program year, and also with select special services and events
  • Open to all youth in 6th-12th grade
  • Rehearses Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 PM, starting Sept. 12
  • Social events monthly — dinner outings, sporting events, mini-golf, etc.!

Youth Choir

  • Assists in leading worship on Sundays or special services about once per quarter
  • Open to all youth in 6th-12th grade
  • After a successful start last year, rehearsals this year will level-up to weekly on Wednedays, 7:45-8:30 PM, starting Sept. 26
  • Social events monthly — dinner outings, sporting events, mini-golf, etc.!
  From the AP Mission Team 2018 trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic - Craig and Dave with musicians at Iglesia Bautista Luz Divina, our mission partner congregation

From the AP Mission Team 2018 trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic - Craig and Dave with musicians at Iglesia Bautista Luz Divina, our mission partner congregation

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