Music

Chancel Choir

Our Marion Methodist Chancel Choir (high school age through adults) is composed of people who love to sing and want to use their talents to praise God through music. The Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings (September through May) from 6:30 to 8:00pm and we sing regularly at the Traditional Worship Service at 8:30am on Sundays (during the school year).

If the extra weekly schedule commitment won't work for you, there is another opportunity for you to be a part of the choir for a portion of the year. The Chancel Choir presents a cantata at Chrismas time and possibly in the spring time. Rehearsals for the Christmas cantata will start mid-October at 7:15pm and last approximately 45 minutes long.  If you are interested in singing in the cantata, please let Peggy Rosenkranz, Director know that you would like to join us.  (contact information below)

We urge you to give the Chancel Choir a try and be a part of this group of people who (as a group) are an important part of enriching the 8:30am Worship Service on Sunday mornings through their choral leadership of the hymn singing (following the lead of our talented keyboard person, Diane Beach) and their gifts of special music of many different styles. We look forward to welcoming you to the Chancel Choir this year.

For more information contact any Chancel Choir member or Peggy Rosenkranz, Director via email: prosenkranz@marionmethodist.org or by calling the main office at (319) 377-4856.


Handbells

Touch of Brass glorifies God with bells and chimes! This group is composed of “older youth” and adults! They rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7 – 8:30 and praise God by ringing once a month in church. They ring a light concert in early May (then are off until the last week of August) and a Christmas concert in early December (then off until January).

Bell Canto also glorifies God with bells and chimes! A unique group of youth and adults, they rehearse every Sunday afternoon from 4 – 5:30. They praise God and ring one Sunday a month in church. As with Touch of Brass, they ring in the spring concert and the Christmas concert.

During the summer, a different small ensemble, composed of ringers from our different groups, will ring one Sunday a month. This is totally elective by the ringers.

A Joyful Noise, handchime choir, is composed of children in grades 3 through 6. They learn about the different types of notes and the duration of those notes. They learn how important it is to damp their chimes! But more importantly, they learn to work together in a group situation, encouraging one another to their best. God is the center of our chiming as they praise Him in not only their music but in what they say and do at rehearsals.  Parents, grandparents and siblings are invited and welcome to chime with their children / grandchildren! This group rehearses every Sunday afternoon from 2:00 – 2:50 in the Chancel Choir room. We chime in church when prepared as well as chime on both the Christmas concert and the spring concert, making A Joyful Noise to the Lord!

Jubilation is a youth handbell choir, composed of ringers in grade 6 on up. Jubilation learns to ring on handbells as well as some of the different types of techniques that go with ringing: shakes, thumb damps, marts, plucks….. This group rehearses on Sundays from 3 – 3:50 PM in the handbell room. They ring in church when prepared as well as chime on both the Christmas concert and the spring concert. Ringing and encouraging one another plays a big part in this group as they worship together through music.

All groups ring at our Spring and Christmas concerts.

We would love to have you join us as we ring with joy in praise and celebration of our risen Lord! Contact Mary Lee Parks at mlparks@marionmethodist.org or call the church office at (319) 377-4856.



Worship Teams

The Worship Teams at our 9:45 AM and 11:00 AM services lead our contemporary styled worship. The singers and the worship band help us encounter the presence of God and grow the expression of our relationship with Him.

The Worship team practices each Sunday morning in the Upper Level Carnegie Center at 8:30 AM and volunteers are used on a rotational basis as available.  There are many roles beyond music as well, including running live sound, video recording, and projection (slides).  We invite anyone interested to inquire about joining. Contact Simon Campbell at scampbell@marionmethodist.org or call the church office at (319) 377-4856.


Children's Music

Preschool: Preschoolers meet during the Sunday School hour and participate in worship periodically, including the Children's Christmas program each year.

A Joyful Noise: A chime choir for 3rd through 6th graders meets Sundays from 2:00-2:50. This choir encourages children to share their faith through music-specifically chiming. This ensemble participates in worship services as well as a Christmas and Spring concert.

Contact Mary Lee Parks at mlparks@marionmethodist.org or call the church office at (319) 377-4856.