Adult Handbell Choir
The Adult Handbell Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday mornings, 9:30—11:00am, September-May. An experienced ensemble, this group challenges its members with interesting music and special techniques. New ringers are always welcome, whether experienced or “new-in-training”. Ability to count rhythm accurately and having a good sense of rhythm are great qualities for becoming a member. Be prepared to have fun!
The Atonement Singers lead worship at the 8:45 and 10:10 services (usually alternating weeks) from September through May. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings at 8:30 until 10:00 am. This mixed ensemble of adult singers (high school and up) is open to all who enjoy singing—music reading is not a requirement and no audition is necessary! The choir sings a variety of music from Bach to gospel, enjoying good music and fellowship each week. Making the connections between music, faith and worship is their calling and their delight!
Instrumental musicians of all ages participate regularly in worship as soloists or in ensembles. Brass, strings, woodwinds, reeds, piano, guitars and percussion instruments are often used to help lead worship. The Youth Band (youth who play band and orchestra instruments), plays on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and during the Easter season. An inter-generational orchestra accompanies the “Schubert Liturgy” 4-5 times per year. The brass band includes trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba players of all ages. Praise band musicians help lead contemporary songs. Other opportunities for duets, trios, quartets, small ensembles and accompanists occur throughout the year. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed.
Flute players of all ages and abilities come together on several occasions during the year to play in worship. Rehearsals are specially scheduled in advance of each occasion. Do you have an idle flute in your closet? Many who participate are reawakening a love for an instrument laid aside long ago, and are finding a community for rebuilding skills while having a fun together. Others are experienced musicians, or young novice players. Bring them all together, and it’s a great sound and a great time.
Participation in Handbell Choirs provide opportunities to serve in worship, grow in faith, learn new musical skills and find community among peers. The Youth Handbell Choir meets on Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. aligning with the Confirmation calendar.
Children’s Choir meets weekly on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:15am, immediately after Sunday School. The choirs sing in worship approximately once a month, and also participate in the Christmas eve family services. Through the choir experience, we strive to give children an enjoyable and solid foundation in learning about God, worship, the basics of singing, and what it means to offer our gifts in service to our church and Jesus Christ. The youngest singers, ages 4 to through Grade 1 practice from 9:45-10:00am. Grades 2-5 rehearse from 9:45-10:15. Middle School youth are invited to assist as well as participate in solo and cantor opportunities.
The perfect way to introduce music and faith to babies and toddlers! There are many benefits children gain by taking part in this music and movement program. Our littlest ones begin to learn the language of faith as they experience music. Parents learn ways of engaging with their child in fun new ways that express God’s love through music. Open to children from birth to age two, for Atonement members and all residents of the Barrington area and surrounding community. Meets Wednesdays from 4:30-5:15pm; registration cost is $85 for the school year. One parent or caregiver must accompany the child and participate with them in each class.