|| Music notes ♫
The chancel choir performs during a worship service.
The handbell choir and director Lisa Cardwell
take a break after a worship service.
Swift Church choirs
lift joyful sounds
to the Lord
By LISA CARDWELL | music director
Swift Presbyterian Church has choirs to praise God and to enhance the worship experience. The chancel choir continues to work weekly to bring worshipful music for our Sunday services. The advanced and beginner handbell choirs and the Joyful Tones chime choir play for services from time to time.
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Dec. 15 Christmas program
to feature choirs, soloists
The music department is busy preparing for our Christmas program, which is Sunday, Dec. 15, during the 10:00 service. We have several groups who are participating: chancel choir, handbell choir, beginner handbell choir, and Joyful Tones. We also have two vocal soloists who have committed to participate.
We will have a run-through rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. This will include all participants.
A rehearsal schedule for Sunday morning, Dec. 15, will be sent out soon including all the participants.
And don’t forget our Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Our chancel and handbell choirs will lead the service.
Come and worship!
Procession of the bells on All Saints' Sunday
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HERE’S A DESCRIPTION of our choirs:
♪ The Joyful Tones chime choir — This is an intergenerational group that plays three or four times a year. No music reading skills are necessary. This is a beginner-level group created to introduce people to playing tone chimes, as well as the fun and fellowship that church music offers. Rehearses four or five weeks prior to playing in worship services (usually after 10:00 Sunday services).
♫ Chancel choir prepares 2-to-4-part choral music for weekly worship leadership. This group also welcomes singers to join us as we prepare special programs for Holy Week or Christmas. We also enjoy fun and fellowship, supporting each other through prayer and friendship. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 during the school year, and on Sunday mornings at 9 during the summer.
♪ Handbell choir — We started our handbell choir in summer of 2013 on a trial basis with a borrowed set of bells and chimes. The interest in handbells grew with enthusiasm, and with the help of our generous congregation we purchased a three-octave set of handbells and tone chimes in fall of 2014. Our group has developed skills in techniques and teamwork as we learn anthems and play in worship about every six weeks. We rehearse at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We welcome people who are willing to start as substitutes for rehearsals, or be a part of ensembles. We take a break for several weeks during the summer.
♫ Intergenerational handbell choir — This is our newest choir and it is for beginners of all ages.
WANT TO JOIN one or more of the choirs at Swift? Talk with Lisa Cardwell, music director. Her email is email@example.com and her telephone number is (251) 767-0777.