Unity News

Opportunities in Music Ministries

Children’s Choirs will have their first rehearsal of the 2016-2017 school year on Sunday, September 11. Two choirs are offered:

Junior Choir: for children in grades 2 through 5 and meets on Sundays from 4:00-5:00.
Cherub Choir: for children age 4 (by Sept. 1) through 1st grade and meets on Sunday from 5:00-5:45.

Our Director of Music, Patsy Surratt, is director of both of these groups. These children help to lead worship throughout the year and have a major role in our annual Christmas Joy service in December. Finding the singing voice, learning to follow a musical score, and eventually singing in two parts are part of our curriculum. In addition, children are taught principles from the Bible, parts of the worship service, appropriate worship and choir behavior, and how music fits into the life of the church. It’s a great way for young children to be able to use their gifts in God’s service. To register for either choir, complete the form on the the church website to register online or obtain a form from Patsy Surratt.

Have you ever considered becoming a part of the Chancel Choir? If so, the month of September would be a great time to try it out. Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30 in the choir room, located in the music wing downstairs. Members must be able to match pitch and have some music reading abilities. If interested, contact our Director of Music, Patsy Surratt, ahead of time so that we can arrange a choir folder for you. She can be reached at the church at 547-5543 or at posurratt@unityfortmill.org.

Our adult handbell group, Joyful Ringers, will meet for the first time this fall on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the handbell room. We have a spot open for one ringer. This group is open to adults and high school students. Members must be able to read music and some handbell experience is strongly recommended. Regular attendance at rehearsals is high priority for this particular group. Please contact Patsy Surratt at 547-5543 or at posurratt@unityfortmill.org if you have questions or are interested in joining us.

If you are an elementary or middle school piano student, we have an opportunity for you to participate in worship. If you are interested in playing a short piece (usually hymn based) while the children come down to the front for Children’s Time, please talk to our Director of Music, Patsy Surratt via e-mail at posurratt@unityfortmill.org or at 803.547-5543. She would also be glad to talk to you after the worship service. This would be a great opportunity for you to use your musical gifts in worship.