Our First Sung Offering of 2018

The children’s choirs brought joy to many hearts last Sunday with an arrangement of the spiritual, “Is There Anybody Here?” With help from faithful parents putting on robes, one of our adult choir members accompanying on piano, and the lovely directorship of Ms. Brianna and Ms. Kelly, we were able to bring our first sacrifice of praise of 2018 into our congregation’s worship!

On Palm Sunday, 3/25, our choristers will serve as leaders as all the Sunday School children sing to usher in the congregation’s “Hosannas” at the 11 am service. Please join us for Sunday afternoon rehearsals before then!

New Children’s Choir Schedule, Calling Parent Volunteers!

The Children’s Choirs have our new schedule for the rest of the semester – praises be! You can find it here: Children’s Choir Schedule Spring 2018, Revised.

For our choir rehearsals to be safe and our choir directors to keep their sanity, we need at least 2 parents each week to stay and help from 4-5 pm while your children are singing and learning.

Parents, please Sign Up Here for at least one Sunday during the Spring! It’s as easy as sitting and singing with Ms. Brianna or Ms. Kelly and the kiddos, and it’s essential for our program to run.

Our next singing date is March 4th during the 8:30 service! Hope to see you there!

Children’s Choir Spring Changes

Hello everyone, our children’s choir program is undergoing some serious growth and change this semester! As the Children’s Choir Coordinator, I want to keep everyone in the loop and get feedback from all parties involved. Read on!

    – Rachel

  1. The scheduled singing for this Sunday, 2/11 has been cancelled, but we WILL have choir rehearsal in the afternoon from 4-5 pm, in preparation for our next sing on Sunday, 3/4 at the 8:30 am service.
  2. I am trying to text parents the most important/time-sensitive scheduling information. If you haven’t received a text about this Sunday and want to receive texts, contact me.
  3. We are working on a new, finalized rehearsal/performance schedule to be published soon. We’ll let you know about that here on the blog, in the Children’s Dept Friday E-newsletter, and we’ll have paper copies at rehearsal.

That’s all for now!

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” – Psalm 95:1

Meet Rachel Bergin

The New Interim Children’s Choir Coordinator

Rachel Bergin is a long-time lover of singing, and firm believer in the power of music to boost children toward a closer walk with Jesus and a more joyful outlook on life. She is thrilled to be serving the church as Interim Children’s Choir Coordinator this Spring.

In addition to coordinating choir activities, she is finishing up her Master’s degree in Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt and tutoring at Lipscomb Academy. She also serves as a volunteer teacher for the 6th grade Confirmation Class, and is married to our talented organist, Nick Bergin.

Please say hi as you drop off our pick up your child from choir, and if you want to see a light go on, ask her about her garden at home!

Super Special Workshop on January 21!

Children’s Choir Rehearsals begin for winter-spring 2018 on Sunday, January 21, from 4:00-5:00 pm.

The children will participate in a super special workshop led by James Wells. James is quite in demand as a Children’s choir specialist. He will introduce some selected music and introduce vocal and instructional strategies for our young singers.  He has recently conducted workshops at the Choristers Guild regional clinics in Atlanta and Dallas. In addition, he was recently the youth choir guest conductor at Montreat and Junaluska.  He currently serves as the Director of Music at Brentwood United Methodist Church.

Check out this YouTube video of James Wells conducting The Nashville Children’s Choir

Not in choir yet?    Now is a great time to join!  CLICK here to enroll.

Fun, Fellowship, Food, and the Future – January 7 at 4:00 PM

Fun, Fellowship, Food & the Future

Choir Kids and their families are invited to join together for some games, good food, and to hear the plans for Choir 2018.

Children’s Choir Details for Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Reminders — final details for the 5:00 Christmas Eve Family Service.

  • The main entrance to the Children’s Ministry Wing (the covered drop-off entrance) will be unlocked.
  • Please bring your chorister to Courtenay Hall by 4:15 P.M. for robing or costuming.
  • Nursery opens at 4:15 P.M. for 3 and younger siblings
  • Choristers may wear typical Sunday attire

Once you drop your child off and assist with costuming (if needed), you may head to the Sanctuary to secure seating for you and your family members.

After the worship service, you will reunite with your Chorister back in Courtenay Hall (and please assist with de-costuming if needed).

Once the children have de-costumed, they are ready to head out for your family activities!

Should plans change for your family (and we hope no sicknesses occur), please let your child’s choir director know via e-mail.

Hosanna:  Kelly Posey

Doxology:   Jerry Monds

Choirs in 2018


Sunday, January 7 at 4:00 P.M. – New Year’s Choir Food & Fellowship for Hosanna & Doxology Singers

(details and schedule to be provided after Christmas J )

Looking forward to a wonderful Christmas Eve together!

Brand new hymnal for children & their families

Over the past year, a number of church members and staff have worked very hard to publish a children’s hymnal. The finished product, Sing to God: A Hymnal for Children and Their Families, has been published and has arrived from the printer. The hymnal features over 70 hymns in a variety of styles — tunes familiar to our congregation, Sunday School hymns and even two original “books of the Bible” songs by Jerry Monds. The hymnal also features beautiful illustrations by three artists from our congregation: Leslee Bechtel, Ansley Black and Carey Haynes. These hymnals will be presented by the Children’s Ministry as a milestone for four-year-olds annually. They are available for purchase in the FPC Bookstore.




Join the Children’s Choir – August 20 through Christmas Eve

The choirs share their songs in worship at least once per month; 2017-18 Choir Calendar-Fall.  Additionally, they will work on songs for the Family Christmas Eve worship service.

Children spend time with all ages, but split during rehearsals into two specific choral groups.

The Hosanna Choir is for children ages 4 through 2nd grade. The directors are Kelly Posey and Brianna Doughtery.
The Doxology Choir is for children 3rd through 6th grade. The director is Jerry Monds.

Why should your child join Children’s Choir?

The goal of the Children’s Choir Ministry at First Presbyterian Church is to build and nurture lifelong Christians through actively praising and worshiping God with the gift of singing.

  • Children will learn another form of worshiping God. As St. Augustine once wrote, “To sing is to pray twice.”
  • Children learn various aspects of the worship service and come to have a greater understanding of what each part of the service means. They also come to understand music’s role in praising God.
  • Children participate in various devotional activities during rehearsals to strengthen their faith and foundation.
  • Children learn how to work with one another as part of a group. Choirs are the strongest when every member works together for the good of the whole.
  • Children gather a great base of musical knowledge with our wonderful directors. Children spend time not only singing, but learning the basics of music reading. They develop their singing voices and gain an appreciation for music.

It is really fun! Our directors love music and spending time with the children. They aim to make it an enjoyable experience for all and develop a lifelong desire for music and worship.

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