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.
Joyful Noises (2nd grade and up): The Joyful Noises will next be leading worship on March 12th. Our anthem will be the prayerful Grant, O God, Your Blessing by Michael Bedford. The youth ensemble will be accompanying us on handbells during this piece and during the Sanctus portion of the sung responses during the Great Thanksgiving. We will then be back to our first Sunday of the month schedule for April and May with songs written thousands miles and several centuries apart.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): We are starting to learn Hosanna a call and response song we will be singing with the entire congregation during the Palm Procession on April 9th, Palm Sunday.
Joyful Noises: The Joyful Noises are learning a wide variety of music this year: songs from Africa, a bluesy spiritual, an English folk tune, a little J.S. Bach, and a popular hymn. Different songs speak to different people. We sing for the glory of God and to help create “thin places” through which the congregation might encounter God in worship. Therefore, we work to sing every song as if it is our personal favorite. I am super proud of them for this!
We are also learning about the language of written music: notes, rests, dynamic markings, composers, lyricists, etc. And our intonation is getting better and better.
I am delighted that these choirs are a part of our ministry team at LWUMC,
and I am excited to lead worship with them! — Pastor Paula
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir is having fun moving their bodies and voices in many different directions. We echo our director and each other with our speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. Our youngest member made it through his first rehearsal without mom. It is exciting how we are growing — each at our own pace! Soon we will be learning about Lent and Easter. Do you know what the liturgical colors are for those times of year? (Purple and white, respectively.)
Joyful Noises: The Holiday Sing Along, co-hosted with the Kirkland Choral Society, once again brought together the community in and around LWUMC for an evening of singing. We loved singing to and with the residents of Madison House Retirement Center and are already preparing for our spring visit!
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir, with help (i.e. — larger hands) provided by the LWUMC Youth Gathering, made 50 sleeping bag warmers for our guests in Safe Parking and for Camp Unity Eastside.
Stuff You Need to Know or Fill Out:
- Choir Calendar and Basic Information
- 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.