Choirs for three year olds through 12th graders are directed by Stephanie McIlwain Miller.
See “New Parent Information” link below for more detailed information about these choirs.
PLEASE NOTE: Joyful Noises rehearsals now begin at 11:15.
Joyful Noises (2nd grade and up): Following a lovely job leading worship on All Saint’s Sunday, singing The Light of God’s Love in loving memory of LWUMC chorister Sarah Steele who grew up in the choirs here, the Joyful Noises are preparing music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany.
On Sunday, December 2 the Joyful Noises will invite the congregation to join them in singing Sing a Song of Advent by Hal H. Hopson. Our soloists will be Raab Ford (2nd grade) and Kiera Nelson (11th grade). Some of the Joyful Noises Youth Ensemble ringers will join Kevin McIlwain Miller (piano) on accompanist duty.
On Monday, December 24 the Joyful Noises will be helping lead the 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, singing the traditional spiritual Somebody’s Talkin’ ’bout Jesus with their Angel Choir and young adult friends. This scripture and song based Living Nativity service is designed to be meaningful for all ages.
January 6 is Epiphany Sunday. The Joyful Noises will share the dance-like anthem, Set the Sun Dancing! which contains a very important message as we begin 2019 together. We hope you will worship with us to celebrate that God’s love, expressed through Jesus, is for all people.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): The Angel Choir has had a great time singing songs that help us learn each others names, praise God, move our bodies, and sing together as a group. We have learned special parts of Somebody’s Talkin’ ’bout Jesus to sing with our Joyful Noises and young adult friends.
Joyful Noises: Different songs speak to different people. The Joyful Noises sing for the glory of God and to help create “thin places” through which the congregation might encounter God in worship. Therefore, each chorister works to sing every song as if it is their personal favorite.
This year we will be helping each chorister set goals for what skills they, as an individual, are ready to build upon in addition to working toward our group goals.
These young people are full of joy and energy as they offer their voices in a ministry that touches everyone in the congregation. They are learning that they each have something of value to offer, that they are a vital part of our community, and that they are leaders in worship. -Lynne Lew, member of LWUMC
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir is finding many different ways to move to music, play rhythm instruments, and sing in unison. They can echo their director and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. We continue to practice listening when someone else is speaking, following directions, and taking turns.
Joyful Noises: In December the Joyful Noises are going to sing to and with their friends at the Madison House Retirement Center in Kirkland. As usual there will be an intergenerational sing-along of hymns chosen by the residents. There will also be opportunities for the generations to share with each other some of their favorite things to do at Christmastime.
We are co-hosting the 8th Annual Community Holiday Sing Along with the Kirkland Choral Society. This community outreach event is fun for all ages and will be in the LWUMC sanctuary on Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m., followed by refreshments provided by choir parents and the members of KCS. This is a free event. All are welcome. Any donations will benefit the LWUMC Safe Parking program.
Angel Choir: At the beginning of the choir year our emphasis will be on sharing instruments and other materials with each other and taking turns. Choristers also have the opportunity to share their voices singing with the community during the Holiday Sing Along (see above) and in worship on December 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Stuff You Need to Know or Fill Out:
- Joyful Noises Calendar and Basic Information
- Angel Choir Calendar
- Learn about Instrumental Music Opportunities
- New Parent Information
- Angel Choir Registration Form
- Joyful Noises Registration Form
- Emergency Information Form
- Driver Registration Form
- Choir Photo Release
- Joyful Noises Music Folder Agreement
- Please download, print, complete, and return forms to Stephanie.