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.
Children’s church school for elementary age children begins with Rise & Shine, led by Erin McCollum Towe, our Children’s Choir Director. Rise & Shine is a time of fellowship and song before everyone heads to their separate classes. On certain occasions, Rise & Shine will share the songs they’ve learned in the worship service.
The Pre-Teen and Youth Chorale (4th-12th ) practices each Sunday at 12 pm in the Choir Room and is led by Erin. The Chorale sings four times in worship over the year.
The Joyful Noise Ringers (1st- 7th grade) have two options to ring! Chime Choir with church member Carol Ann Stough occurs on Sundays at 12:15 pm and Bell Choir with Erin begins at 12:50 pm. Both groups meet in the Choir Room.