Music plays an important role in Worship at Bethel. Music offers praise to God and can be exciting, inspiring, educational and consoling to the worshipper. Bethel’s worship opportunities are many and varied in style, and many people of varying gifts and talents come to offer songs of every kind in praise to God. Once you are a part of this ministry, you will find opportunities to give your talents back to God in your own unique way. As we sing and play we also grow in the family of the church, finding friendship, support, musical satisfaction and fun. Check out the possibilities below and see where you can add your musical gifts!
The Bethel Youth Music Ensemble (BYME) is a vocal and instrumental music ministry group, open to all Bethel members in 6th-12th grades. Amy Hartsough and Tony Ward will serve as co-directors with the goal of youth being the driving force behind leading our congregations in song. As with all our ensembles, there’s no audition; just a desire to put what God gave you to good use.
Singers and instrumentalists are needed and welcome.
BYME will lead sung worship in the Sanctuary and Pentecost Room four times this year.
The Bethel Choir is a non-auditioned, liturgical ensemble open to all members ages 18 and older which serves as musical leadership for Bethel’s 9:00 Sunday service and other key celebrations throughout the year. Our sacred anthem repertoire spans from music of the early church to newly composed works. The Bethel Choir has sung throughout North America and Europe.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Choir Room
Bethel’s adult handbell ensemble is open to all members ages 18 and older. The bells provide musical leadership and meditational repertoire for Christmas, Easter, and several other festival liturgies throughout the church year. Bethel has seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, five octaves of Schulmerich bells and five octaves of Malmark hand chimes.
Joyful Noise is a child’s first choir experience at Bethel. We sing all types of music, learn to play handbells, and use percussion instruments too! Sometimes we wear costumes and often make our own props to go along with our songs. We’ve learned about faith by singing about frogs, computers, cars, pogo sticks, and many other things! We sing about once a month during worship throughout the year.
Spirited Sound (Children’s Choir) takes kids’ musical experiences at Bethel to the next level. We sing a wide range of repertoire from hymns to jazz to gospel and everything in between! We make every piece we sing our own through the addition of movement, instruments, harmonies and sometimes even shouting! Through our music-making we work together to learn how our faith affects our lives in many different ways.
The Sanctuary organ was originally built by Schantz Company of Orrville, Ohio, in 1963. During the 80’s and early 90’s it was enlarged in three stages to its present four-manual/74 ranks, and the console was rebuilt in 2015. It speaks from the rear gallery of the nave. The Good Shepherd Chapel organ is a small three-rank Reuter unit organ.
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