Music & Arts Ministries
The mission of the Music & Arts Ministries of First United Methodist Church is to connect people to God and to one another through excellent, diverse, and inspirational music and performing and visual arts. Is God calling you to share your talents through the church? If you sing, play an instrument, are interested in the visual arts or in theatrical production, you are invited to join us and develop your musical and artistic side while serving God with your talents. Participation in choirs, the division of drama or visual arts is open to all who wish to serve. Professional training is not required. If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual, musical, cultural, social and educational opportunities available in the Music and Arts Ministries please contact the music office at 719.471.8522 x221.
The Chancel Choir is a vital part of worship. They lead the 11:00 am traditional worship service on Sunday morning as well as special services throughout the year. This Choir presents Handel's Messiah and other Christmas concerts to overflowing crowds. They practice Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Choir Room on the lower level. During the summer, they rehearse every other Thursday evening. This is not an auditioned group. All singers college age and up are welcome. .
This is a small group, selected from the Chancel Choir. They perform during special concerts at Christmas, during worship and throughout the community.
Crossroads Praise Team
This auditioned group of instrumentalists and vocalists lead the 9:00 am Contemporary Worship Service. We have a full Sunday morning with rehearsal at 8:00 am prior to the service and then following worship we practice until noon. If you have an interest in auditioning, please contact Don Arcuri at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719.231-1368.
Open to all adults. Prior music reading skills as well as previous handbell ringing experience strongly recommended. Performs monthly during Worship. Additionally, the Chancel Ringers participate in local/regional handbell festivals.
Director: Jon Faires
Youth Singers is open to youth in grades 7 - 12. This is not an auditioned group. Our Youth Choir members find in this community spiritual formation and appreciation for the word of God through music. This choir leads worship every Sunday, August through June, at the 8:00 am traditional worship service. They practice Sunday afternoons 3:45 - 5:00 pm in the Choir Room in the lower level.
Youth Singers kick off their fall program with a workshop during which they prepare music for a number of upcoming Sundays. Later in the fall the Youth Singers have a retreat at FUMC's John Wesley Ranch and Retreat Center where they rehearse for upcoming worship services, bond with one another and take time to enjoy God's creation at our ranch south of Divide, Colorado.
A much anticipated highlight of this ministry is the annual Summer Tour. The Choir has been to New York City, Seattle and lots of places in between over the years. This is the sort of place youth in our world today can find in themselves courage, belonging, and hope.
The Youth Chorale is chosen by audition from members of the Youth Singers. They practice Sunday afternoons in the Choir Room. They perform during worship services from November through the youth choir tour in June.
Youth Bell Choirs
Open to students in grades 7-12 with little or no previous handbell experience. Youth Singers membership is not required. This bell choir plays in worship on occasion.
Director: Janice Kinsley
Open to students in grades 9-12 by invitation only. Members are expected to have strong music reading skills. Members of this choir are also required to be in Youth Singers as this group tours with the Youth Singers each June. The Ringers plays monthly in worship. Members are also required to purchase a formal outfit which is worn at all performances.
Director: Jon Faires
Children's Choirs are an enriching experience for children where they learn musical and spiritual concepts, as well as how to be leaders in Worship. We offer three singing choirs (age 4 through 6th grade) and one handbell choir (grades 4 through 6). Children's Choirs are active from September through April. In addition to sharing their talents during Worship, they also present a Christmas Concert in early December and the year culminates in late spring with the Children's Spring Concert. If you have any questions about our children's music ministries, please contact Trudy Fennewald, our Children's Choir Coordinator, at 719-884-2504.
Children age 4 through 1st grade - Cherub Choir
This is a beginner level choir for children age 4 (by September 1) thorugh 1st grade.
Director: Janice Kinsley
Children grades 2 and 3 - Chorister Choir
This choir is for singers in grades 2-3.
Director: Sarah Greenley
For grades 4 through 6
This choir is for singers in grades 4-6.
Director: Nicole Louis
Cathedral Ringers (Handbells)
This group is for beginners to experience handbell ringers, grades 4-6.
Director: Debbie Louis
First Company is the Church's drama group. They have been presenting major theatrical and musical performances here at FUMC for over 29 years in the Church's Theatre. Creativity and passion for performing arts by everyone involved are the main keys to the success that First Company achieves in every show they present. They typically present a production in late fall and early spring. They also present living tableaus on Maundy Thursdays of Jesus' last days, a living nativity scene during several Christmas Eve Services and a melodrama in the summer, held at our Ranch in south of Divide, Colorado. If you have more questions, you may contact First Company at email@example.com
First Company has been honored with the Bronze - Reader's Choice "Best of The Springs" 2017 Award for the productions of "The Boxcar Children." Congratulations First Company!!