A Note from Dr. Bullock

Welcome to the Music Ministries at Bethany United Methodist Church.

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Bethany United Methodist Church and the various Music Ministries. We are blessed with a myriad of musical opportunities and numerous gifted people who are willing to give their time and talents to praise God through music.

Within the Music Ministries at Bethany we currently have three adult choirs, the Chancel Choir which is the largest choir of usually 45 to 50 composed of adults who enjoy singing excellent choral literature of diverse styles and genres; the Chamber Singers which is a smaller select group of 12-16, usually from the Chancel Choir, who sing primarily a cappella literature from the Renaissance through current sacred literature; and the Bethany Men’s Ensemble is a smaller group of singers, composed of men from the Chancel Choir and congregation who sing sacred men’s literature primarily in four parts. The Chancel Choir is the primary choir of the traditional services held in the sanctuary and generally at least one service each week. The Chamber Singers sing at one service per month and at special seasons such as Christmas and Easter. The Bethany Men’s Ensemble sing at least one service per month, usually the 2nd Sunday during the 8:45 service as well as singing during special seasons such as Easter and Christmas. Also, we have a new adult ensemble this fall, the Bethany Women’s Ensemble who usually sings on the first Sunday of each month during the offertory.

We have three children’s choirs at Bethany UMC. The Pre-K choir is the Cherubs who usually sing Mother’s Day, Christmas Eve and various other times for the Prelude. The Melody Choir is composed of kindergarten through second grade singers and often join with the Wesley Choir. The Wesley Choir is composed of singers in the third through fifth grade who sing at least once a month during the year as well as a special production in May. The Wesley and Melody Choirs also sing Children’s Sabbath, usually the last Sunday of October, the Festival of Carols in December, Christmas Eve and Palm Sunday.

Our Youth Choir began last Fall and will continue to sing once a month generally at the 8:45 service and, also at special services such as the Festival of Carols, Christmas Eve and during the Easter season. Additionally, it is our hope and prayer that the Youth Choir will continue to grow in numbers and potentially take a Mission trip in the future. We have also added the Bethany Youth Instrumental Ensemble open to any youth with brass or woodwind experience.

One of our premier groups is the Chancel Bells composed of 14 – 20 ringers. The Chancel Bells ring once a month, usually the 3rd Sunday during the offertory as well as special services such as the Festival of Carols and Easter.

Finally, our Praise Team leads worship at the Word and Table service each Sunday in the Fellowship Hall and consists of adults and students who lead worship through singing and playing.

In Christ,

Valerie

Valerie Bullock

Director of Music Ministries vbullock@bethany-umc.com