ADULT MUSIC

Chancel Choir

The chancel choir is a group of dedicated singers who minister at the 11:00 am worship service each Sunday.

The choir’s purpose is to:

  • Share the Gospel of Christ through song and praise
  • Lead the congregation in worship and singing
  • Bless the congregation and the choir alike through the singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
  • Encourage believers in their walk with Jesus Christ
  • Provide an avenue for believers to share their abilities in the worship experience

The choir is led by Renee Shatley and rehearses each Wednesday night in the Adult Choir Room. Auditions are not required.

Membership in the Chancel Choir is open to adults and high school students who commit to serve God in this special way, who are willing to faithfully and joyfully carry out the procedures and responsibilities of choir membership with a heart for the Lord, and who desire to grow as ministers and musicians to increasing heights of fruitfulness and effectiveness in their knowledge of God and service to Him. For more information, contact Renee (fumc.choir.director@gmail.com) or call the church office 828-322-6058.

First Orchestra

First Orchestra meets once a month to play the opening hymn of Worship and the Offertory.  The group is comprised of anyone who loves to play, whether presently in a band/orchestra, or was in years past.  They meet on the Sunday Morning of performance before Sunday school, practice together the separate parts sent earlier by email to them. The additional creative ability is another way to praise God with a joyful sound! Rev. Rhonda Smith, shepherds this group, with assistance from Mr. Casey Oakes and Mr. David Cody. For more information, contact Rhonda (rhonda@firstumchickory.org) or call the church office 828-322-6058.

The Vine Worship Team

The Vine worship team is a diverse group of singers and instrumentalists, who share the common interest of glorifying God through music and are passionate about worship. This dedicated team leads the music for The Vine contemporary worship service each week, and occasionally other events throughout the year. Our music style is mostly modern praise and worship, but we include treasured hymns from the past occasionally as well. Typical instruments used in the band include acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, and drums. We meet once a week for rehearsal, usually on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45pm. In addition to leading worship each Sunday, our team gets together periodically for fun, fellowship, and service projects. Singers and musicians are typically scheduled on a rotating basis. For more information, contact Jenny Kistler (jenny@firstumchickory.org) or call the church office 828-322-6058.

Chancel Ringers

Chancel Ringers are a dedicated group of 10-13 men and women who meet each Wednesday evening at 6:15-7:15. They play four octaves of handbells and 5 octaves handchimes, sometimes accompanying the congregational singing, as well as solo instruments. They have participated in Festivals and workshops and ring regularly in worship. For more information, contact Rhonda (rhonda@firstumchickory.org) or call the church office 828-322-6058.

Worship Arts Ensemble

The Worship Arts Ensemble minister in song and liturgical dance intermittently during the year. This multi-generational group of dedicated singers seek to embody the good news using whole body language as well as a wide variety of music genres. They enjoy off-campus mission ministries as well as enhancing the worship experience on Sunday mornings. They are led by Rhonda Smith, with Leanna Bodnar as choreographer. For more information, contact Rhonda (rhonda@firstumchickory.org) or call the church office 828-322-6058.