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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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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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Our Children's Choirs picnic is still ON for this afternoon. Do be aware that if it rains between now and then it may be wet underfoot. Also, if you have a chair you can throw in you may find that useful. ...

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This moving service commemorates the final hours of Christ's life on earth through words and music. Candles are extinguished and lights are dimmed, culminating in total darkness at the crucifixion. ...

Good Friday "Tenebrae" Service (Service of Darkness)

April 14, 2017, 6:30pm - April 14, 2017, 7:30pm

This moving service commemorates the final hours of Christ's life on earth through words and music. Candles are extinguished and lights are dimmed, culminating in total darkness at the crucifixion.

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Conway FUMC Music Department shared First United Methodist Church, Conway, Arkansas's event. ...

Star of Wonder - A service of music, worship and meditation

December 11, 2016, 8:45am - December 11, 2016, 12:00pm

On Dec. 11 in the Sanctuary services at 8:45 and 11 a.m. at Conway First United Methodist Church, worship will be led by members of our music department. The service will be shared by the Chancel Choir, with the C-1 and MidYouth Choirs and Handbells, and a 25-member orchestra. A major portion of the service will be “Alpha and Omega,” a three-carol setting by contemporary American composer Gwyneth Walker. Rev. Lauren DeLano will share a short devotion, and there will be congregational singing. This will be a great opportunity to invite friends and family. Please join us!

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As you sit enjoying your Sunday evening at home, 25+ orchestral musicians will be gathering shortly for the first rehearsal of our music for worship on Sunday, December 11. I can't wait to hear what it sound like even before we add adult, youth and MidYouth choirs and youth/MidYouth handbells. #firstsundayinadvent #beenpracticingthismusicsinceaugust #lifeofachurchmuscian ...

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