St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Choir
Choir Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The Sunday Choral Eucharist will resume on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. New choir members are always welcome. All you need do is bring your desire to sing and to help create something beautiful for God and for God’s people. . . and all the rest will be taken care of. You are guaranteed to be enriched by becoming a member of the choir, enriched by our music, by our fellowship, by our community.
For additional information or if you have any questions please contact Fr. Ron Hayde, Director of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org
Some random (and not so random) thoughts on being part of a choir………
Did you know. . . .
Group singing significantly increases the individuals’s mindfulness level. Group singing requires “focused concentration” which precludes “preoccupation with sources of worry.” Researchers claim that “the call for attention to numerous details such as watching the conductor, listening to the other voices in harmony, reading the music and/or remembering the words all contribute to reaching this attentive, aware, and accepting state.”
Music is a strong emotional force. Choir rehearsal can quickly become one of your favorite times of the week. It is an opportunity to escape the daily stresses and responsibilities for a few hours and focus together on making something beautiful. It is a liberating feeling to not have the weight of the world on your shoulders but instead to be part of a whole and doing something worthwhile.
Countless studies have shown the community-building power that group singing has. Researchers note that joining a choir can help make friends with people faster than joining any other social group. Singing is the best ice-breaker because the very action of singing forces you to make your voice heard. With enough quality time, you can develop strong bonds with virtually anyone – whether it’s the person next to you, or across the room.
Choir is an opportunity for involvement. A church’s ministry is only as effective as the people in its congregation who choose to get involved. When you join a choir, you’re not just singing notes together; you’re doing life and ministry together.
Choir is an extension of the gospel. Our music teaches, encourages, compels, and calls to action.
Choir is a reflection of heaven. The scriptures give us a glimpse into heaven, and curiously enough, it always seems to involve singing. Choir can be considered rehearsal for the kingdom. Choir is a reflection of heaven: God’s people, of every age and every race, worshiping together as one body.
Lord God, grant that what we sing with our lips we believe in our hearts, and that which we believe in our hearts we live in our lives, to the praise and glory of your name. Amen.