Music plays a vital role in the worship life of First Congregational Church. The 8:30 Open Door Service includes piano selections and several hymns. The chapel has a small Muller pipe organ which is used occasionally. The main service in the sanctuary includes music by the Chancel Choir every Sunday, with occasional selections by the Bell Choir, the Cherub Choir, and Joyful Noise. The organ was completely rebuilt in 1997 by the Berghaus Organ Company and is a magnificent instrument of 50 ranks (sets of pipes) that allows the performance of a varied repertoire. We try to include music from diverse historical periods and styles. The Jane Hampton Chipman Lenten Organ Series has just finished its 25th year. This series of free noontime organ recitals is presented to the Elgin community each Friday during Lent and concludes with a choral concert on Good Friday.
Chancel Choir (9th Grade and up)
This ministry practices Wednesday nights during the school year from 7:30-8:45 PM. Any adults interested in “Making a Joyful Noise to the Lord” is invited to attend. You need not have a wonderful voice, only the desire to enjoy the music and fellowship. The choir has become a close-knit family and shares their joys and sorrows. We are always hoping to enlarge that family and joyfully welcome newcomers!
Children’s Chimes (4th Grade and up)
Parents, are you looking for a great way to get your child involved in the worship service? How about strengthening their counting and musical skills? Joining the chime choir is a great way to combine both! Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please contact Jeanne Rothlisberger or Mary Ellen Flaks for more information.
Adult Bell Choir (ages 13 and up)
The Adult Bell Choir meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. No musical experience isnecessary; if you can count to six, you’ll be just fine. Plus, it’s a great way to make a joyful noise once a month in worship. Rehearsals take place in the Sanctuary.