The goal of ministries with children at Holy Communion is to raise up the next generation of faithful disciples – that is, young people who love God and know that God loves them. Musically, this means connecting our kids to the hundreds of generations of faithful people who have sung songs of praise in times of joy and times of great hardship – Miriam and David, Paul and Silas, the angels and the archangels, the martyrs and the reformers, and so many more even up to our own day. In the year ahead, we are going to attempt to bridge the gap between our children’s music program and our children’s Christian formation program, because we can see that the two really are one and the same. We will integrate musical formation into our weekly Sunday School and Children’s Chapel offerings and involve those children’s musical gifts periodically in our 10:30 worship service. We hope that this experimental method will increase the number of children that we can serve while also helping those kids appreciate the deep connections that exist between music and faith.
The Parish Choir is open to all who wish to sing and share their talents in our parish music ministry. The largest ensemble at Church of the Holy Communion, this choir regularly sings for the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays, offering a wide variety of choral literature from the great classics to spirituals. The choir also presents periodic major choral works with brass or chamber orchestra. Comprised of adults and high school youth, new members are always welcomed.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 - 8 p.m., Room 335 (Choir Room, Music Suite)
Holy Communion Ringers is our handbell choir for adults and teens. Handbell ringing is a joyful, active way to provide beautiful music for worship, especially for those that play another musical instrument and want to be active in the music ministry. These dedicated handbell ringers play a five-octave set of Schulmerich English handbells. Some basic music-reading ability is helpful. The Holy Communion Ringers provide music for worship about every 4-6 weeks in addition to other seasonal liturgical offerings.
Rehearsals: Sundays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Room 342 (Children's Music Room, Music Suite)