Worship is a foundation of what we do at FPCA, and we recognize that worship comes in many forms.
Creativity is one way to worship our creator God—music, painting, sewing, and flowers—are just a few ways that we share the love of God with the gifts and talents God has given us. We would love for you to find your way to worship God through our one of our many Worship Arts teams.
Worship through Art
The Visual Arts Ministry Team of FPCA works to creatively engage the congregation in creating and appreciating visual arts.
The Litugical Arts Team reflects on scripture and liturgical year to develop art to be used in worship. From paraments to banners, stoles to bulletin covers, this group of people prayerfully and intentionally creates art to draw people into the worship of God. This is a wonderful team to be a part of if you enjoy the arts—regardless of skill level.
Our Gallery located on first floor by the top of the stairs is where we share art created by our congregation as well as the wider community. Sometimes the art aligns with the church calendar or maybe a social justice topic. This team is always looking for people who like to go to local galleries, have a heart for the arts, and/or can help with logistical details.
Worship Through The Flower Guild
The Flower Guild arranges the flowers for worship including poinsettias and greenery for Advent and flowers and lilies for Easter.
They also provide flowers for arrangements for the homebound. There are many ways to help- please email Sandy Sellers for information or to sign up.
Opportunities for flower dedications are available. Dedications will be printed in each Sunday’s bulletin.
Worship Through Music
Music is a vital part of worship, and for many of us using our musical gifts for God’s glory is the primary way we worship.
Our 40-voice Chancel Choir is led by Director of Music, Jeremy Roberts. The choir is made up of volunteers who find joy in praising God through music and helping to lead our worship and is augmented by professional section leaders.
The choir rehearses on Wednesdays in the Choir Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. They sing for most Sunday services from September through early June as well as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and other special services. The Chancel Choir sings a varied repertoire, spanning from renaissance to 20th-century music, spirituals, and contemporary compositions. No audition is required.
Youth Choir is for students in 6th through 12 grade and is directed by Jeremy Roberts. They typically meet in the Choir Room on Sundays from 4:15-5:15 directly before youth dinner and youth group. On the second Sunday of the month, we will be meeting for lunch and rehearsal directly after worship at 12:15.
The Youth Choir sings in Sunday morning worship a number of times throughout the year. They also help plan and sing at Saturday vespers at the annual All Church Retreat and the annual Moravian Love Feast in December. In January 2023, the Youth Choir will be taking a trip over the Martin Luther King Day weekend to visit the National Museum of African American Music and other musical sights.
There are two choirs for children at FPCA. Choristers, for children in 3rd – 5th grade, is led by Jeremy Roberts. Cherub Choir, for children K – 2nd grade, is led by Kim Thomas.
Both choirs meet on Wednesday evenings from September through early May. Kids can be dropped off anywhere between 5:15-5:50 for dinner in the fellowship hall.
At 6:00 we move to rehearsals where we learn about faith, worship, and music all while having fun. Kids will learn the ins and outs of our worship, how to read the hymnal, and become literate in music. We often use our collection of drums and rhythm instruments, chimes and bells, and Orff instruments. The kid’s choirs sing in worship on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Periodically, we put together instrumental groups or groups to ring handbells in worship. If you play an instrument or would like to ring bells, contact Jeremy Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instruments of the Church
The fine tradition of music at FPCA is supported by superb musical instruments. FPCA’s sanctuary is home to the 2014 Holtkamp Organ and a custom rebuilt 9’ Baldwin grand piano.