Choirs at Georgetown Presbyterian Church
Adults: The Celebration Ensemble (sings Sunday 8:45 a.m.); The Chancel Choir (Sunday 11:00 a.m.)
Children: Children's Choir (K through 5th grade)
Teens: Girl's Ensemble (middle school and high school)
Bells: Bell Choir (adults)
***See sidebar for schedules
Statement of Purpose: The Music Ministry of Georgetown Presbyterian Church exists in order to lead people in the worship of God, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to provide for the musical training and Christian formation of children and adults, and to enrich the cultural life of the community.
Music in Worship: Music and the arts always serve the Word in worship. This necessitates using a variety of styles so that all may find a means of expressing praise and prayer to God. We never do our art for art’s sake. Whatever we do in worship will “…joyfully ascribe all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God.” W-1.1001, Book of Order, PCUSA
Christian Formation: In addition to musical training, the musical and choral programs provide an opportunity for Christian formation by developing self-discipline, regular church attendance, forming spiritual habits, singing and learning about Biblical texts and being stewards of time and talent. The weekly participation in the liturgical experience of ritual, tradition, and spirituality is transforming, even to the young.
Attendance Expectations: Attendance at all rehearsals, services, and other functions related to your choir is expected. It is impossible to perform what we did not rehearse. Because of the nature of our community (snow-birds, retirees, second-homers, etc.) it is understood that the configuration of our groups will change seasonally and Thom understands that. That being said, communication is key. Please contact Thom (843.543.5293 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to let him know if you are going to be out. Also, there is a sign-out book at the main entrance of the choir room that you are requested to use (adults only).
Caring for Each Other: Presbyterians believe that all baptized Christians are called to do the work of ministry (5.153, Book of Confessions, PCUSA). We are called to bear each other’s burdens and to lend a hand whenever a brother or sister in Christ is in need. Stay alert to those around you who may need a kind word or a hug. If you notice someone missing who is usually present, take it upon yourself to give them a call and see how they are doing. And make it a point to keep Thom informed of any situations that may need his attention or the attention of one of the clergy. We cannot be helpful if we are not aware of the need.
The Chorister’s Prayer
Bless, O Lord, us thy servants,
who minister in thy temple;
grant that what we sing with our lips,
we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts,
we may show forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Royal School of Church Music