Do you love to sing? Do your kids love to sing? Join a choir!
Whether you're five or 75, there's an opportunity for you to explore and share your musical gifts at West Side. No prior experience is required, and rehearsals are flexible. (There's a Zoom option for adults!)
The Chancel Choir, for ages 18 and up, rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and sings during 10:30 am worship.
The High School/Young Adult Choir rehearses on Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and sings on Family Sundays (once a month) at 10:30 am as well as on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve.
The Westminster Bell Choir, for ages 18 and up, rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 pm and plays on Easter Sunday, Christmas Eve and other special occasions throughout the year.
Bless, O Lord, Your servants who minister in your 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. Amen.
Grades K-1 and 2-3 Choirs meet on Thursdays at 4:00 pm and sing on Family Sundays (once a month) at 10:30 am as well as on Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve.
Grades 4-8 Choirs meet on Thursdays at 4:45 pm and sing on Family Sundays (once a month) at 10:30 am as well as on Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve.
During rehearsals, children learn how to read music, and play bells and Orff instruments. They also learn teamwork and problem-solving skills, boost their vocabulary and language skills, gain confidence, expand their social circle and have fun!
"Singing in a choir teaches a different kind of teamwork than on the soccer field or baseball field," says Deborah Holden-Holloway, minster of music at West Side. "It's a great leveler because everyone's participation is equally important. In a choir, there really are no stars. And no one sits on the bench in choir!"
Chancel Choir 70th Reunion
Current and former members of the Chancel Choir: You're invited to a 70th reunion on October 7 and 8! The weekend will kick off on Saturday with bagels and fellowship in the narthex at 9:00 am, followed by rehearsal in the sanctuary and a late lunch at Fiona's in Midland Park. On Sunday, the choir will sing at the 10:30 am service and celebrate with the congregation during a special coffee hour. For more details, and to RSVP, please click here. And please pass this information along to former Chancel Choir members you are in touch with!