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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 handbell choir and the Joyful Tones chime choir play for services from time to time.

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    Chancel and handbell choirs are in full swing in February, with the chancel choir leading worship weekly, and the handbell choir preparing to lead worship on March 3.

    We are looking at opportunities for the Joyful Tones and the beginner handbell choir to lead one or both Holy Week services. Maundy Thursday is April 18 and Good Friday is April 19. Please let Lisa know if you are interested in either or both of these choirs. We welcome new members.
      

    Procession of the bells on All Saints' Sunday, Nov. 6.

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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.

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    WANT TO JOIN one or more of the choirs at Swift? Talk with Lisa Cardwell, music director. Her email is lisacardwell62@gmail.com and her telephone number is (251) 767-0777.
     

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