Worship Ministry at FBC
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6
First Baptist Church has a long history of placing a strong emphasis on music in the life of the church and her members in worship as well as in education. With a heritage steeped in the traditional music of the church, First Baptist has a well-developed choral program for all ages as well as a skilled praise band that leads in our contemporary service. In every service, whether traditional or contemporary, music plays a vital role and is always planned to be appropriate for the worship service.
Our traditional 11:00 a.m. Sunday service uses hymns accompanied by the majestic sounds of the church’s 63 rank pipe organ and the Sanctuary Choir which sings anthems from a wide range of choral literature.
Our First Light contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday is led by our Praise Band made up of vocalists, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. The music for this service comes from the wide variety of contemporary Christian songs and hymns that are popular today.
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Children’s Choirs - These groups meet each Sunday evening at 5:45 during the school year and are led by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Preschool Choir – This group is for children age 3 through 5. These boys and girls enjoy singing and experimenting with various rhythm instruments.
Music Makers – Children in grades 1 through 3 make up this choir where the children sing, play instruments, and learn about music and worship.
Young Musicians – This group is made up of children in grades 4 through 5. In addition to singing these boys and girls learn the fundamentals of music, about worship, and play Orff instruments and well as other rhythmic instruments.
Youth Choir - This choir for youth in grades 7 through 12 meets each Sunday afternoon during the school year at 5:00. The choir sings a variety of music from spirituals, the classics, and contemporary choral selections. This group has gone to such locales as Chicago, Washington, D.C. and San Antonio on summer mission trips. There is also a select Youth Vocal Ensemble that rehearses just before Youth Choir rehearsal.
Sanctuary Choir - Older youth and adults make up this choir which is the main worship leading choir. This group meets each Wednesday night at 7:30 for rehearsal. One of the highlights of the year is the Christmas Music Celebration presented each December by the Sanctuary Choir. The choir also presents other concerts at various times.
Adult Handbells - Meeting on Tuesday afternoons at 5:00, this group rings 3 octaves of handbells. This ensemble is open to older youth and adults.
Praise Band - Our Praise Band, provides the music for our First Light contemporary service each Sunday morning. It is made up of vocalists, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums. This volunteer group meets weekly for practice on Thursday at 7:30pm.
Men’s Quartet - This group meets weekly and provides music periodically for worship services.