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MUSIC & FINE ARTS MINISTRY - DOWNTOWN

The Music and Fine Arts Ministry at First Methodist Houston offers an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for all to serve. Our purpose is to glorify God. (Psalm 33:3) Our mission is to edify each other in the body of Christ. (I Thessalonians 5:11) Our vision is to multiply God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 28:19-20) 

Ministries for Music and Fine Arts at First Methodist Houston's
Downtown Campus include:

Adult Choir • Adult Bells • Youth Choir

Youth Bells Drama

For more information, please contact us:

Staff Contacts:

Director of Music & Fine Arts -
Dr. Terry Morris - Email or 832-668-1823

Organist:
Jay Whatley - Email or 832-668-1800

Administrative Asst.: 
Rebecca Holland - Email  or 832-668-1824


 

 

ADULT CHOIR

The ADULT CHOIR plays an integral part in the worship experience at the Downtown Campus. They lead the congregation in two traditional morning worship services each week. The choir sings a variety of sacred music incorporating classics, traditional anthems, hymn arrangements and spirituals. They also present several concerts annually, including seasonal services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, accompanied by full orchestra, brass ensembles, string ensembles and hand bells. Special music events are planned throughout the year and have included fully stages operas, oratorios, Broadway Dinner Theaters, and Opera Dinner Theaters. The choir plans special music tours every three years. Past tours have included trips to New York City, Washington D.C., Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Open to all adult singers, the choir family is a close fellowship for those who love to sing.

It is not necessary to have a trained voice to be a member of our Sanctuary Choir. The requirements are a voice that blends with others, some choral experience, the ability to read music, and a respect for the responsibilities of membership. Rehearsals are held in the Choir Room (downstairs from the Sanctuary) on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm. Child care is available. New singers are always welcome!

For interview information, contact Rebecca Holland - by email or 832-668-1824

ADULT BELLS

The Sanctuary Ringers are a very active hand bell group that plays special music for several services throughout the year. The group also presents holiday music and a performs collaborative concerts with ringers from the Rejoice Ringers. The Sanctuary Ringers ring anywhere from 3 to 5 octaves and have a 6th octave for special pieces. The 6 octave set of English hand bells and 5 octaves of chimes represent one of the larger collections of bells in the area.

Directed by Dr. Terry Morris, this instrumental group includes many trained musicians but there is always the opportunity to learn to play. All you need is a heart centered on worship, a desire to work and learn, and the ability to attend rehearsals and play at both morning services when called upon. The ability to read rhythm and perform the physical acts of ringing and malloting are desirable as well. Substitute ringers are regularly utilized in rehearsals and services. Rehearsals are from 6 to 6:50pm every Wednesday between Labor Day and Christmas Eve in the fall and winter; and we return after New Year's Day and ring until the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend.

Please contact Dr. Morris by email or 832-668-1824 for more information.

 

YOUTH CHOIR

The Youth Choir is a diverse group of singers that meet once a week for about an hour. This group is for 6th - 12th graders who like to sing! No training? No problem! If you like to sing, we will teach you! No formal training necessary!! We are a close group that travels together, worships together and has fun together! Our rehearsals are on Sundays from 12:15 - 1:00pm in the Choir Room, September through May.  (Lunch is provided 12:00 - 1:00p.m.)  Join us and sing praises to God, meet new people and make friends for life! 

If you want more information about this group, please contact Andrea Brown by email.


 

YOUTH BELLS

Rejoice Ringers, the Youth Hand Bell Choir, is designed to help youth grow in their love of music while serving Christ. We strive to create music that leads the congregation to worshipful experience. This ensemble is open to Youth grades 6th -12th who have a love to learn music. We play in worship services and special events. Beginners are welcome! Rehearsals are on Sundays 9 -9:45 a.m. downstairs in the bell room next door to the choir room.

For more information, contact Amanda Kahn by email.

DRAMA

The Drama Ministry is another active ministry at First Methodist Houston. This ministry organizes and stages the Christmas Eve Processional and Live Nativity, the Epiphany Processional, the Palm Sunday Processional, The Holy Thursday Music Drama, other dramatic productions, and special music events that occur throughout the year. Past events have included Amahl and the Night Visitors, The True Story of Cinderella, Puccini and Pasta Dinner Theater, Opera Dinner Theater, Broadway Dinner Theater, Valentine's Serenade Dinner Theater, Opera in the Sanctuary Concert, and an Oktoberfest German Dinner Theater.

For more information contact Dr. Terry Morris by email or 832-668-1800 or Rebecca Holland by email or 832-668-1824

 

 

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