The music ministry of Parkwood offers an opportunity for members of all ages to help enrich and uplift worship through sacred music.
Open always to Senior Highs and Adults, our one requirement is to remember who and what we worship. In the words of Christ, “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” –John 4:23
Because we are called to worship God with everything in us, we worship God with a variety of songs in a variety of ways. These styles range from classical-style hymns sung a cappella to a more modern gospel number accompanied only by hand drums. The music we choose is always selected to appropriately be a part of the worship theme.
The Choir participates in services twice or more a month from the beginning of September through mid-May. Additional participation and liturgical music is offered during the Christmas and Lenten seasons. The Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings and we welcome anyone interested in sharing God’s worship through song.
The singers and instrumentalists in this group lead the congregation in singing a variety of hymns the third Sunday of each month. Selections range from contemporary Christian music to old time favorites. Rehearsals are after choir rehearsal on the Wednesday before the third Sunday of the month.
Handbells and Choirchimes
Joyful, inspiring music helps to deepen and enhance our worship experience providing ways to amplify the rich texture of God’s Word. The ringing of handbells may be a form of prayer since words are not essential to prayer. Instrumental music as prayer is a worthy offering of praise to God on behalf of the congregation. The church has an excellent three octave set of handbells which are played by children, youth and adults approximately once a month in worship.
A set of choirchimes enriches our children’s music ministry. Played like handbells, they are excellent for ensemble performances or classroom instruction, as a solo instrument or with voices or other instruments. Parkwood’s choirchimes are used as accompaniment for singing, during the children’s Gathering Time music program, and at special events and worship opportunities.
Sacred Dance is our way of expressing praise and thanks to God for all of his many blessings, through meaningful, spirit-filled movement. It is communication of the deepest love that God bestows on us that sometimes cannot be expressed in words but only through a simple gesture of our folded hands or lifting of our heads toward heaven. The movement is always created from our hearts and led by our faith, always moving to God’s music.