Music Ministry

  • Praise Team

    The Worship Band consists of singers and instrumentalists, all organized and rehearsed by Brent Hyman. The group practices on Thursday evenings for the following Sunday morning service. This group includes keyboard, guitars, bass, drums, and sometimes other instruments. There is some rotation so that any one person is not involved every Sunday.

  • HandBell Choirs

    Adult Bell Choir - This is a group of 14, both men and women, ringing four octaves of bells. Rehearsals are at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September through May, and are directed by Gwen Habegger. 

    High School Bell Choir - This handbell ensemble is open to all Jr./Sr. high school students who wish to participate. It meets weekly throughout the school year on Sunday evenings at 8:00. The ensemble plays music for the worship services every couple of months throughout its season.

  • Vocal Choirs

    Chancel ChoirThe Chancel Choir is open to anyone in the congregation and is directed by Brent Hyman. It rehearses every Wednesday evening from 8:10-9:00. The choral music sung by this choir ranges from the great standards in choral literature to more popular styles with its main emphasis being on quality choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Children's and Youth Choirs - There are two choirs offered for young singers at First Mennonite Church. Children in grades 2-5 have the opportunity to sing in JAM (which stands for Jesus and Music). Youth in grades 6-9 are encouraged to sing in Mennonotes. Both choirs meet separately during the school year on Wednesday nights from 6:10-6:50. Rehearsals include instruction on how to read music and on vocal technique, in addition to preparing music to sing for Sunday morning services. Each of these choirs typically sing for morning worship services approximately 4-5 times throughout their season. For more information you may call the church office and ask for Brent Hyman.

  • The Mennonite Choral Society

    This organization presents two programs each year. 

    Messiah, is annually done in the first full weekend of December. 

    The second is an oratorio or a program of sacred works done in the first weekend of May. Presentations are usually accompanied by piano and organ.

  • Arts Academy

    Lessons in the arts will be taught through private and group instruction at First Mennonite Church. At the beginning of each lesson, the mentor (teacher) will lead the student through a short devotional and a prayer. The remainder of the lesson will be devoted to instruction in the arts. Click here for more information on the First Mennonite Arts Academy.