Music Ministries

Music ministry at First

We say thank you to all the soloists and small groups who gave of their time and talents to provide awesome worship music throughout the summer! God was glorified, and his people at 1st UMC were blessed by your gifts of music!

Our Chancel Choir and Hi-Lo Ringers bell choir were back for a great year last year, and we look forward to great musical happenings in worship this year. First UMC has been blessed by wonderful music ministry for a very long time, and we give God thanks for that!

To keep our music ministries going strong, we need your help! Obviously the last couple of years have been a time of big changes in our society, and our music ministries have experienced those as well, resulting in some ministry participants choosing to retire from their roles. All of our music groups need a steady influx of new people to keep going, and we have always been fortunate to have that as our experience. Help us get the word out to keep that going. If someone you know (or, hey, even YOU!) enjoys singing, or plays an instrument, or just really likes music, invite them (or YOU!) to come be a part of Music at First.

People in music ministry have a good time, they grow in their faith, they enjoy awesome fellowship with one another, and they experience the power of God’s presence when they make music in God’s name. God gives us talent, and God gives us time. It’s so important to use a portion of those things in celebration of the God who gives them! NOW is a GREAT time to become part of our music ministries. You are needed, and, chances are, it’s what you need also. Prayerfully consider it!

Chancel Choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. upstairs in the music room, beginning Sept. 1st. First Sunday singing in worship will be Sept. 11th. Open to all persons high school age and up. No previous experience required.

Hi-Lo Ringers bell choir practices on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. upstairs in the music room, beginning Sept. 22nd. We have 2-3 vacancies to fill for sure. Open to high school age and up. Some previous music reading can be helpful.

Our praise band is always open by audition to new singers or new instrumentalists. Practices happen intermittently around the schedules of the participants. We also are always willing to schedule people for gathering music or solos/ensembles as we can.

Contact Clarence McCoy at or 740-653-3330, ext. 1004 with questions or to express your willingness to be a part of the Music at First.


Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir provides musical leadership for our Celebration Worship. Membership is open to persons high school age through adult, and the choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:30, here at the main church building, 163 East Wheeling Street.Chancel Choir Video, Fall 2019

Hi-Lo Ringers

The Hi-Lo Ringers is a 5-octave English handbell ensemble that provides music periodically throughout the year for our worship services. Membership is open to persons high school age through adult, and the group practices on Thursday evenings at 6:30.Hand Bell Choir Performance, 11/17/2019

Praise Team

Our praise team and praise band is a group of singers and instrumentalists who lead worship at our Praise Worship. Participation is determined by audition.

Drumming Circle

Periodically we offer opportunities to be involved in a world drumming group, using hand drums to make music together. The groups are open to different age groups at different times, and no previous music experience is required. Meeting times are communicated through the church newsletter and weekly bulletins.
If interested in joining our music ministries, please contact Clarence McCoy.