A Message from the Music Minister

I hope you’ve enjoyed our first choir Sunday of the 2019/2020 choir season this past month, and the exciting 5th Sunday band (ps the next 5th Sunday is in December and so we’ll be able to enjoy Christmas hymns with the band)!

While the choir did a beautiful job of singing, you may have noticed that there were only four people…our four section leaders. The choir is in a building year, and we are in great need of help from the congregation. Each voice makes a difference, and each smiling face in the choir adds to the feeling of worship on a choir Sunday.

I thought I would share this statistic from a blog post from the website “Discover Worship”. The post is from 2017, so the numbers of churches that no longer have choirs has probably gone up, but it’s still a relevant statistic nonetheless…

“From 1998 to 2012, 21% of evangelical churches and 40% of mainline churches stopped using choirs regularly in worship (according to the most recent National Congregational Study).

“From 1998 to 2012, 21% of evangelical churches and 40% of mainline churches stopped using choirs regularly in worship (according to the most recent National Congregational Study).

~Vince Wilcox of Discover Worship

I am friends with music directors at churches with large choirs, and music directors at churches that have smaller musical moments of groups of one or two people for Sunday worship…and a lot of that has to do with the size of the congregation. I would say Central is a mix between the two, which is okay because there are benefits to all different styles of music during the worship service…but I’m hoping that when we have our choir Sundays a few of you might be interested in seeing what it would be like if you were to join for just that Sunday. Maybe you’ll love it and want to sing every choir Sunday! Or maybe you’ll not enjoy the experience, but at least you gave it a shot!

Our choir Sundays in October are the 13th and the 27th. Please mark those dates on your calendars and think about joining rehearsal for those days, starting at 9:30am. It’s a moment of fellowship with other music team members at that time, and an act of service to participate musically during the worship hour.

Please speak to me or Adrienne about any questions you have about singing with the choir, and we hope to make some music with you this October!

Thank you all, and happy singing!