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       Music notes ♫
      Joyful Tones chime choir 
      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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      Choirs start preparing
      for Holy Week services

      On March 8, the music department at Swift Church goes into action to prepare for Holy Week. The beginner handbell choir and Joyful Tones chime choir begin rehearsals after worship, with beginner handbell choir rehearsing immediately after worship and Joyful Tones rehearsing at 12:10. The beginner handbell choir will lead worship on Good Friday, and the Joyful Tones will lead on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

      The chancel choir will rehearse at 5 p.m. on Sundays through Lent. They will be leading worship not only every Sunday during Lent, but also Maundy Thursday and Good Friday during Holy Week. We invite anyone who loves to sing to join us.

      The Wednesday night handbell choir is preparing for worship leadership for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. Please join us for our Holy Week services.

      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 and her telephone number is (251) 767-0777.

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      23208 Swift Church Road
      Foley, AL 36535
      Phone: (251) 943-8367