Music Ministry

“My heart is steadfast, O God.  My heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul!  Awake, harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O Lord among the nations.  I will sing of You among the peoples.”  -Psalm 57:7

 

Pirates of the I Dont Caribbean, Alguire girls with parrot heads (640x427)Music is an important part of the Church of the Dunes. Choirs and musical instruments have been leading worship and ministering to the congregation throughout its history. It is our goal and desire that God will be glorified and the worshippers will be strengthened by the music in our services.

Our 26-rank Wicks organ was installed in 1989 and fills our sanctuary with glorious sound.  We also use piano, brass, woodwinds, timpani, handbells and strings to lead our worship.  Our eight choirs include children through adults and God has blessed this congregation with wonderful volunteer members. New members are regularly invited and always welcome in all of our choirs.

 

 

“When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cries, Alleluia!”
(Fred Pratt Green, When in Our Music God Is Glorified)

 

 What Are The Different Types of Vocal Choirs At Church?

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
Psalm 100:2

CHANCEL CHOIR

The Chancel Choir is currently under the direction of Carol Kirchner. Accompanists for this and our other choirs are Marna Jeffery and Cynthia Hicks, who both bring experience and talent to our music programs.

Chancel Choir is open to all adults and high school-age youth who enjoy singing.  The choir season runs from September through early June and rehearsals are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.  The choir generally sings two Sundays of the month and for special and festival services throughout the season.  Our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Easter services are special highlights of our choral season.  They are filled with beautiful anthems and instrumental accompaniment.  Anthems range from the classics to the contemporay.  Since music is so personal, it is our hope and prayer that the variety will minister to all of God’s children.

 

“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth
Worship the Lord with gladness!
Come before Him with joyful songs.”  —Psalm 100

JUBILATION CHOIR

Jubilation Choir is the alternative to our church’s traditional Chancel Choir.  The Jubilation music that we sing encompasses more of the contemporary-to-gospel styles and is a more “relaxed” musical format.  Jubilation Choir performs a great variety of music, from composer Pepper Choplin’s work, “Fill-A-Me Up!” to Don Hart’s choral setting of “Lord of the Dance,” or Camp Kirkland’s “Higher Ground.”  There are many contemporary titles in our choir’s library of songs we sing.

At What Age Can I Join Jubilation Choir?

The Dunes’ Jubilation Choir is open to all persons – from high school age and up, up, up! We welcome all members with a song in their hearts and an appreciation of contemporary, sacred music.  You do NOT have to be a “musician or vocal specialist” to sing with Jubilation Choir.  In fact, you don’t need to be able to “read” music…we simply ask that you have an ability to find the right pitch, follow along with the music and love to sing!  All are welcome—so try us, you’ll like our choir!

 When Does the Jubilation Choir Perform?

Jubilation Choir is available for those persons looking to share their musical talents on a less demanding time scale than the weekly Chancel Choir.  Jubilation Choir members perform three-to-five times each year during both Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.  Our rehearsal schedule is always printed in the church bulletin prior to the start of our Wednesday night rehearsals.  Just come on in and sing with us—we would love to have you participate.

 Who Do I Contact to Join?

Contact Carol Kirchner, Jubilation Choir Director, at:  616/846-8847.  New members are always welcome.

 

YOUTH CHOIR 

The Dunes’ Youth Choir is under the direction of Cynthia Hicks.  Choir membership includes students in grades 7-through-12.  Music includes contemporary, re-arrangements of hymns, gospel, jazz, spirituals and original songs. Over the years students have played brass, wind, strings, guitars and keyboards to accompany the choir.  These instruments have been sometimes incorporated with original arrangements created by the students.  The choir generally sings the fourth Sunday of each month throughout the school year.  The last performance is on Graduation Sunday in June. Rehearsals are after the second worship service and Sunday school classes. Rehearsals begin promptly at 12:15 p.m. and continue until 1:00 p.m. each Sunday (except for holidays). Energy, enthusiasm and the creative input of students are part of the rehearsals and Sunday morning performances.  To sign up for Youth Choir, please contact Cynthia_Hicks@hotmail.com or 616/610-2500.

 

 JUNIOR SINGERS 

Junior Singers is a cPirates of the I Dont Caribbean girl group (640x427)hoir for children in 2nd through 6th grades and offers the opportunity for children to participate in worship.  This is an important building block in their faith life and church membership.  The choir rehearses on Wednesday evening after supper, 6-7 p.m. from September through mid May.  We end our season with a musical presented to the congregation as our offering of thanks and praise.  The musical offers opportunities that are not always available to all children through drama, solos, and small groups.  It is a high point for past and present members in their development and and self-confidence building.

 

 

 

 

CHERUB CHOIR

Cherub Choir 2012, cropped, photoshopped

  “…Jesus called them to him, saying, Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:16

 

What Makes The Cherub Choir Unique?

A combination of movement, music and joyful noise fills the church when the Cherub Choir sings!  Three-to-six year old children from the “Garden” and “Emmaus” rooms all join together during Children in Worship time on Sunday mornings to form this happy choir.  The purpose is to allow the youngest to sing their praises to the Lord.  We sing familiar choruses, such as “Jesus Loves Me,” and “Praise Ye, the Lord,” as well as newer songs, like, “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart.”  All are sung in the “key of joyful.”  The experience is unique, in that it is meant to be a positive experience that will forever put a song in youngsters’ hearts.

Every Sunday the Cherub Choir closes with the popular song, “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place.”  This ending song is sung in the form of a prayer.

How Often Does the Cherub Choir Sing?

Every Sunday morning, children sing in the church Social Hall as part of this unique program.  Approximately once a month, the children also share their songs during the Prelude time during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.  Any child who would like to participate is welcome to join the Cherub Choir!

How Do I Get My Child Involved?

Please contact the church Administrative Office:  616/842-7980.

BELL CHOIRS

What Are the Different Types of Bell Choirs At Church?

“Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always, “Alleluia!”
(Fred Pratt Green, When in Our Music God Is Glorified)

 

BELLS OF GLORY

Since 1977 our Church of the Dunes has had active bell choirs for over 35 years.  In fact, we were one of the first churches in this area to have handbells!  The choir began with a range of 3 octaves and in the last 10 years has expanded to 5 octaves of Malmark bells and 5 octaves of hand chimes.  The “Bells of Glory” is the name of our high school and adult bell choir and members rehearse on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. for about an hour, during the months of September through May.  Having expanded our repertoire, we often use other choirs, instruments, organ, and piano to enhance the music.  A wide variety of music styles is used to supplement the sermon themes and the church year.  The handbell choir plays one Sunday of the month and during special services, including Christmas Eve and Easter.  New members and substitute ringers are always welcome.  Please feel free to contact the director or a current choir member.

CARILLON RINGERS

This bell choir is for our middle and high school students and meets between services on the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays of the month from October through May.  They ring two or three octaves of bells and chimes.

Previous musical experience is helpful but not necessary for this choir.  It is a wonderful place to begin or build your musical experience.  This choir participates in Sunday services six-to-eight times per year and at our Family Christmas Eve service.

CHIMERS

This hand chime choir is for 2nd through 6th grade children.  The choir rehearses on Wednesday evening after supper, 6-7 p.m. from September through mid May.  Musical experience is not a pre-requiste for the Chimers.  It is a welcome place for children to begin their musical experience and be part of a team. Their support and help towards one another is especially evident by their mentoring of the new members.   This choir begins rehearsals in mid-September and goes until the end of April.  They participate in worship services usually one Sunday a month and during our Family Christmas Eve service.