The music ministry at Colonial Park United Methodist exists to fulfill our church mission statement: “to make disciples of Jesus Christ by seeking God’s will, sharing God’s love and serving God and our neighbors.” We strive to proclaim God’s word through music by uplifting and inspiring those who worship. If you are interested in participating in any part of our Music Ministry, please contact us at 901-683-5286. New participants are always welcome at any time throughout the year.
Sunday Worship Services
Traditional Worship: Music is provided by soloists, small groups, the Chancel Handbell Choir, and occasionally the Chancel Choir
9:30 am—Alternative / Contemporary Worship: Music is provided by Lee Gililand and various soloists.
11:00 am—Traditional Worship: Music is provided by the Chancel Choir, the Chancel Handbell Choir, children’s choirs, the band Gentlemanly Christian, soloists and small groups.
The Chancel Choir serves primarily the 11:00 am Sunday worship service in the sanctuary. It also provides music for the Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Christmas Eve services. The choir rehearses each Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, August through early May with extended rehearsal times around Christmas and Easter. The choir continues to sing familiar anthems during Sunday services May through July, but there is no weekly rehearsal. The Chancel Choir’s repertoire is made up of traditional anthems, oratorios, spirituals, gospel songs, and motets from all periods of music.
A couple of highlights for the church year are the annual Christmas music service presented in the sanctuary during the Advent season and Easter Sunday. Both of these special musical worship occasions are featured at the 11:00 am Sunday worship services with selected orchestra members. While rehearsals focus on our weekly service repertoire and special worship music, time is set also aside for the sharing of prayer and devotion. Membership is open starting at age twelve.
Chancel Handbell Choir
The Chancel Handbell Choir is open to all who basically can read music; this choir provides music for Sunday worship services and special occasions. Rehearsal time is primarily 7:35 pm each Wednesday, September through April. Our bell choir has been distinguished in helping to provide music for the Shelby County Mayor’s Christmas Party.
MUSIC, ARTS AND DRAMA FOR CHILDREN…The Children’s choir meets from 4:00 to 6:30 pm on Sunday evenings. Choir or play rehearsal lasts until 5:30 pm, at which time volunteers provide a snack or light meal. An activity/craft/game period and a devotional concludes the meeting at 6:30 pm. During the fall months the participants work on their annual Christmas musical. In the winter and spring months, children work on the Easter musical which is usually presented at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The choir sings periodically throughout the year at the 11:00 am worship service on Sunday morning. Each child is encouraged to bring friends, in particular those who do not attend another church.
Bill Fuller has been on staff since 2008 when Underwood UMC merged with Colonial Park. As the Director of Music, Bill plays piano for our Sunday morning worship services, and also directs the Chancel Choir. Mr. Fuller is also the director of the Children’s Choir and directs the special music and drama programs.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, contact Bill Fuller, Director of Music Ministries. You may also contact the Church Office at 901-683-5286.