The Music and Fine Arts Ministry of First Baptist extends beyond Sunday morning to offer outstanding recitals, concerts and theatrical performances throughout the year.
Our recently acoustically-renovated sanctuary offers a magnificent venue for organ, piano and vocal recitals as well as large orchestra and choir offerings. Organizations such as Apollo's Fire and The Heights Chamber Orchestra present some of their concerts here. Many other visiting musical ensembles have performed here.
The Happy Ending Lyric Players (HELP), the church's resident performing theatrical troupe, yearly presents a Broadway musical. 2012 marked HELP's 36th Season and the musical was Guys and Dolls. This coming 2013 Spring production will be West Side Story.
The Arts Outreach Ministry was begun at First Baptist Church as an additional expression of the arts which would help the congregation reach further into the city with opportunities for performing and visual artists and audience members. We envision using theater, dance and other artistic outlets to feature programs bridging cultures, generations and races, and engage people in works that deal with topics of concern.
Try it ...You'll Like It!
Making music is one of the most rewarding experiences an individual can experience. First Baptist offers YOU an opportunity to experience that joy.
We invite you to join one of the many musical groups within the church. You don’t have to be a Pavarotti with years of musical training to participate. Bring your “morning shower voice” to the Chancel Choir or Praise Team, include your children in the Children’s Choir or ring a handbell and experience the joy of praising the Lord through music.
The Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:15 pm for an hour and half rehearsal, and again at 10:45 am Sunday morning in preparation for singing in the 11:15 am Traditional Worship Service. Most anthems are easy to learn. Bob Schneider is a great teacher, and the choir has section leaders who can help you learn your part. You don’t have to sing every week, but we think that once you try it, you will want to have that great experience weekly.
The Praise Team sings in the Contemporary Service at 9 am each Sunday morning. The music is usually sung in unison so is somewhat easier to learn. The Team rehearses the first Saturday of the month at 4:30 pm, and the other Saturdays at 10:30 am. Again, weekly participation isn’t required.
And if singing is not for you join us in the Handbell Choir which rehearses on Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 pm. It’s another fun way to make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Our Children’s Choir meets on Wednesday evenings as part of the Prime Time Wednesday program and dinner. It includes lots of music and fun from 6:30 - 7:15 pm, followed by the new Creative Community with art, literature and game playing.
Don’t hide your talent in the shower! Plan to give one of these great worship opportunities a try this fall We think you and your family will greatly enjoy the camaraderie, the music, and the worship experience.