Music Ministry


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Corporate worship lies at the heart of Christ Church’s spiritual life, and music plays an important role in almost all of the worship services that we offer. The 7:45 service begins each Sunday morning with the spoken word but concludes with the singing of a hymn and an organ postlude. Our 9:00 worship is the most musically blended; it is led primarily by the worship team (guitars, piano, bass, violin, and other instruments) but also includes traditional hymns accompanied by pipe organ and from time to time the voices of the Junior Choir and the playing of the Bell Choir. Worship at 11:00 is entirely traditional, led by the Adult Choir and the newly renovated Andover pipe organ and alternating between the service of Holy Communion and the Office of Morning Prayer with sung canticles. The 5 p.m. service is the most contemporary, led entirely by the worship team.

It is the mission of Christ Church’s music ministry to aid the congregation in offering up praises to God, as well to provide opportunities for those with particular musical talent to make their own special offering. Opportunities to participate at a more dedicated level are outlined below.

We encourage you to become a participant in the Music Ministry at Christ Church. Whether as an active member of the congregation, or as a regular or seasonal member of an ensemble, may the music we offer together draw us ever closer to Jesus Christ, and emanate from our hearts as true worship “in spirit and in truth.”

Weekly Sunday Worship Services

  • 7:45 a.m. – Rite I Holy Communion, spoken, organ music during communion followed by a closing hymn
  • 9:00 a.m. – Rite II Holy Communion, variety of musical styles, led by Praise Band, also includes organ and traditional hymns
  • 11:00 a.m. – Rite I Holy Communion (first/third/fourth Sundays), Morning Prayer (second/fifth Sundays). Adult Choir, accompanied by the organ, leads traditional hymns and anthems
  • 5:00 p.m. – Rite I Holy Communion followed by dinner, music led by Sam Bush

Choral Evensong

All Saints’ Evensong will be on November 6, 2014, at 7pm. Ascension Evensong will be on May 14, 2015 at Emmanuel Greenwood; it will be the combined choirs of Christ Episcopal, Emmanuel Greenwood and St. Paul’s Ivy.

Music Ministry Opportunities

Adult Choir: (Thursday, 7:15–9:00 p.m., Sun, 10:15-10:45 a.m.)  Open to senior high youth and adults, the choir leads congregational singing and sings anthems at the 11 a.m. service, at Choral Evensong, and for special Holy days.  Regular or seasonal participation is welcome. Music reading is helpful, but not required. Contact Alice Layman at alice@christchurchcville.org

Children’s Choir (8 +): (Sunday, 9:15-9:50 a.m.)  The Junior Choir sings in church about once a month, usually at the 9:00 a.m. service.  Children will develop their confidence in singing, their knowledge of music, their knowledge of the stories and teachings of the church, and will grow in their faith as we put our hearts into singing together.  The Junior Choir is an important part of worship, and children will be taught to feel their value as worship leaders. Contact Alice Layman at alice@christchurchcville.org

Handbell Choir: (Thursday, 5:30-6:45 p.m.) The Handbell Choir practices throughout the school year and performs about once a month, at either the 9 a.m. or at the 11 a.m. service (or both!).  Music-reading is a requirement; handbell technique will be taught! Contact Alice Layman at alice@christchurchcville.org

Worship Team: (Tuesday, 7:15 – 8:45, Sun, 8:15 a.m.)  Combining vocalists, guitars, piano, bass and occasional percussion and other instruments, the Praise Band provides music for the 9 a.m. service.  The music is blended with a contemporary bent, using more recent worship music as well as the Episcopal hymnal. Contact worship leader Sam Bush for more information at sam@christchurchcville.org.

5PM Service Band: The musical style of the 5 p.m. service includes contemporary arrangements of traditional hymns. Contact worship leader Sam Bush for more information at sam@christchurchcville.org.

Christ Church Organ Series: October

For the Thursdays in October, at noon, we will be presenting 30-minute organ concerts to showcase the new organ here at Christ Church. The events are free and open to the public. Lunches are for sale ($7 Baggby’s box lunch), or you are free to bring your own lunch.

Our organ is a 2011 Andover organ (restored E.&G.G. Hook organ originally built 1868)

If you are interested in this program, please contact Alice Layman at alice@christchurchcville.org.