Music has the capacity to move us emotionally—engaging our feelings and memories and helping us expresses what is in our hearts as well as on our minds. Music and congregational song are responses that unite the faithful in giving praise and thanks to God. There are many opportunities at PHPC to share one’s gift for music:
The Chancel Choir meets weekly on Wednesday, 7:15-8:30 p.m. under the leadership of Choir Director Steve Dean. The Chancel Choir, which involves people of varying ages and levels of experience, provides anthems and special music for the 11 a.m. worship service every Sunday from August – June. In addition to leading special worship services during the seasons of Advent and Lent, the choir presents an annual Cabaret in early spring that serves as their annual fundraiser. The choir sings a variety of music from classical to spirituals and hymn arrangements.
The Handbell Choir is made up of adults, youth and college students who meet weekly on Wednesday, 6:15-7:15 pm, from September to May. They play several times a year during both worship services.
The Children’s Choirs sing and play during the 11 am worship service several times throughout the year. The Celebrate Children’s Choir (3rd – 8th grade) practices each Sunday at 12 pm in the Choir Room and is led by Children’s Choir Director Erin McCollum. A Joyful Noise Children’s Bell Choir (1st- 7th grade) practice each Sunday at 1 pm in the Choir Room and is led by church member Carol Ann Stough.