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): This choir season is off to a fantastic start. The Joyful Noises led worship on World Communion Sunday, October 1, teaching the congregation a traditional Zulu song, “Walking in the Light of God.”
We are currently learning an anthem for All Saints Sunday, November 5, when members of the youth ensemble will also open and close worship swirling white ribbons to remind us of the great cloud of witnesses who surround us. “God’s Love Is Alive in Us” celebrates the love of God reminding us of saints who have gathered to worship and serve God before us, and encouraging all of us to trust in God’s grace and go forth in service and love.
Holy Communion is very special to the choristers; many have trained so they can serve it. Some of their favorite songs have to do with the community and love found at “the table.” Each time they lead worship they sing the leader portions of the responses during the Great Thanksgiving. During the Sanctus, the youth ensemble adds to the praise by ringing handbells.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade): The Angel Choir is learning parts of a song to sing with the Joyful Noises during the early service on Christmas Eve. “He Is Born” is a traditional French carol celebrating the birth of Jesus merrily — with oboe and bagpipes even. We’re learning a little about those fascinating and distinctive musical instruments as well.
Joyful Noises: The Joyful Noises are learning a wide variety of music this year: songs from South Africa (sung partially in Zulu) and France, a song with a Latin lyric, a praise song, etc. Different songs speak to different people. The choir sings 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.
We have also taught our newest members a useful groaner of a musical joke that helps us remember what a repeat sign means: “Pete and Repeat were in a boat; Pete fell out. Who was left?” “Repeat.” “Pete and Repeat were in a boat; Pete fell out. Who was left? “Repeat.” “Pete and Repeat….” There is a memorable (in a laughably bad way) drawing that accompanies the joke. Ask one of our members to share it with you.
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 having a lot of fun moving to music, playing rhythm instruments, and learning to sing in unison. They echo their director and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. We are also reinforcing the ideas of listening when someone else is speaking and taking turns.
Joyful Noises: Near Christmas 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. At this time of year we get to sing a lot of Christmas carols. There will also be opportunities for the generations to share with each other some of their favorite things to do during the Christmas season. You are invited to come join in the fun and ministry on Saturday, December 9 at 2:00.
Angel Choir: The Angel Choir is learning to share with each other even when they really want it to be their turn, and discovering ways to share their love of God with each other — moving toward sharing with the congregation and community.
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.