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Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” — Psalm 150:6

At First United Methodist Church, we take these words very much to heart.  Our music program strives to include people of all ages and levels of experience and to provide all people with the opportunity and the means to praise God through music.  Our many choirs and instrumental ensembles lead the congregation in worship weekly, and present special programs at various times during the year.  For many, participation in such a group is also a great opportunity for fellowship.  Being involved in the music program is an “all-in-one” way to fulfill your promise to support the church through your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.

For more information on any of our music ministries, please contact our director of worship and music ministries, Janet Gingerich, via email at jgingerich@conwayfumc.org or telephone at 501.329.3801.

Otto Hoffman Pipe Organ

Conway First United Methodist Church is home to a 3-manual, 33-rank Otto Hoffman pipe organ that was installed in the sanctuary in approximately 1962.  This current organ replaced an electronic organ that had served the congregation for many years.  Otto Hoffman was an organ builder originally from Louisiana.

The organ is used in both Sunday sanctuary worship services, as well as for sanctuary funerals, weddings, and other worship events.  The organ was revoiced in the late 1980s, and was re-leathered in 2010.  It stands ready and able to lead the congregation in worship and singing for the next 50 years!

Music Calendar

New members are always welcome in any of our ensembles.  Below is a list of all of our musical ensembles.

Praise Bands (Great Hall stage)

Please contact Nick Garrison via email at ngarrison@conwayfumc.org for more information.

  • Youth Praise Band (currently grades 8-12) Wednesdays, 5-6
  • Adult Praise Band Thursdays, 7-8:30
Choirs for Children and Youth (Room 218)

Please contact Linda Ball via email at lball@conwayfumc.org for more information.

  • K-1 Choir (grades K & 1) Wednesdays, 4-4:30
  • Joyful Sound Choir (grades 2-4) Wednesdays, 4:30-5:20
  • MidYouth (Plus) Choir (grades 5 and up) Wednesdays, 5:25-6:00
Handbells and Chimes for Children and Youth (Choir Room)

Please contact Linda Ball via email at lball@conwayfumc.org for more information.

  • Joyful Ringers (grades 3-4) Wednesdays, 5:25-6:00
  • MidYouth Bells (grades 5-7) Wednesdays, 4:45-5:25
  • Junior High Bells* (grades 8-9) Mondays, 3:30-4:20
  • Senior High Bells** (grades 10-12) Sundays, 4-5
Choirs For Adults (Choir Room)

Please contact Janet Gingerich via email at jgingerich@conwayfumc.org for more information.

  • First Service Singers (8:45 service choir) Sundays, 8:00
  • Chancel Choir (11:00 service) Wednesdays, 7-8:30
Handbells for Adults (Choir Room)

Please contact Janet Gingerich via email at jgingerich@conwayfumc.org for more information.

  • Bells of Grace (beginning adult choir) Mondays, 4:30-5:30
  • Chancel Ringers (more advanced choir) Mondays, 6:45-8

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The Forté Handbell Quartet from Colorado Springs, CO will be presenting a free concert at First United Methodist Church on March 20, 2018 as part of their spring tour! Forté is a Christian group but they perform a wide variety of styles, including but not limited to Celtic, techno, pop-country, classical, contemporary Christian, and new age. Forté's tagline and motto is "Rethink Possible", so even if you're familiar with handbells, chances are good that you'll see something new and different from the instrument! The concert will be approximately 1.5 hours, including an intermission. ...

Forte Handbell Quartet In Concert

March 20, 2018, 7:00pm - March 20, 2018, 8:30pm

The Forté Handbell Quartet from Colorado Springs, CO will be presenting a free concert at First United Methodist Church on March 20, 2018 as part of their spring tour! Forté is a Christian group but they perform a wide variety of styles, including but not limited to Celtic, techno, pop-country, classical, contemporary Christian, and new age. Forté's tagline and motto is "Rethink Possible", so even if you're familiar with handbells, chances are good that you'll see something new and different from the instrument! The concert will be approximately 1.5 hours, including an intermission.

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The Forté Handbell Quartet from Colorado Springs, CO will be presenting a concert at First United Methodist Church, Conway, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7p.m. as part of their spring tour. Forté is a nationally acclaimed Christian handbell quartet, but they perform a wide variety of styles, including but not limited to Celtic, techno, pop-country, classical, contemporary Christian, and new age. Forté's tagline and motto is "Rethink Possible", so even if you're familiar with handbells, chances are good that you'll see something new and different from the instrument! The concert will be approximately 1.5 hours, including an intermission.
For a preview, check out the group's website or Facebook page. It will quickly become obvious why their tag line is "Rethink Possible." Whether or not you are handbell ringer, you won't want to miss this evening of superb musical entertainment. They are WONDERFUL!
A love offering will be taken.
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80+ singers, ringers and “brass”ers, together with 20 readers and a multitude of behind-the-scene-ers are poised to lead a service of Lessons and Carols this Sunday (Dec. 10.)
Hope you can join us at the 8:45 or 11:00 sanctuary service (or even both!) as we listen to the advent/Christmas story in word and music.
Behold - your Lord comes to you!
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Conway FUMC Chancel Choir is excited to collaborate with Nelio Zamorano and musicians from UCA for this special program in honor of All Saints Sunday. Join us this Sunday at 3:00pm. ...

Conway FUMC Chancel Choir presents 'Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G'

November 5, 2017, 3:00pm - November 5, 2017, 4:00pm

On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, our Chancel Choir will be joined by soloists and a chamber string ensemble from the University of Central Arkansas to perform Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G. The mass will be conducted by Nelio Zamorano, a conducting student from UCA and assistant of Izzy Getzov, conductor of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. The concert will also feature several of the choir’s “favorite anthems,” conducted by director Janet Gingerich. The Schubert mass has only six short movements, following the main sections of traditional liturgy: Kyrie (“Lord, have mercy”); Gloria (“Glory to God in the highest”); Credo (“I believe in God” - the text of the Nicene Creed); Sanctus (“Holy, Holy, Holy”); Benedictus (“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”); Agnus Dei “(Lamb of God”). The mass will last about 25 minutes; the complete program will be under an hour. We invite you to join us at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary for a pleasant afternoon of music for prayer and reflection on this All Saints’ afternoon. The recital is free and open to the public.

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Please join us for our children's and youth music ministries summer musical production of "Table for Five...Thousand" on Thursday, June 22 at 7:00pm in the FUMC Sanctuary. Because everyone will enjoy a fresh take on the story of the loaves and fishes. ...

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