The mission of the Children’s Choirs program at Central is to actively involve our children in worship and to nurture their ability to lead through music. Below are details about the age level for each choir:
- Preschool Choir: 4K & 5K
- Elementary Choir: 1st & 2nd Grades
- Junior Choir: 3rd - 5th Grades
Several times during the choir season (which runs September through Palm Sunday), our Children’s Choirs participate as worship leaders in both our traditional services and The Well.
Central's Youth Choir is comprised of 6th through 12th grade singers. The ensemble leads worship at the 9:00 a.m. sanctuary service approximately once a month throughout the academic year. Singers explore various music styles, learn about elements of worship through first-hand experience, and acquire knowledge of the basic rudiments of music. The choir members also have the opportunity to participate in events such as the South Carolina United Methodist Youth Choir Festival. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Youth Handbell Choir
This ensemble is for youth in 6th through 12th grades and is led by Betsy Johnson. We enjoy fast paced rehearsals with great music and fun refreshments. Participants also learn about musical notes, rhythms, etc. and are privilege to ring for our worship services throughout the year. Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 5:00-5:45 p.m. in Handbell Room #290.
The Chancel Choir is a vital part of Central's worship services in the sanctuary. The choir primarily sings Sunday mornings in the 11:15 a.m. service, with occasional double services (to include 9:00 a.m. services). Rehearsals are held September to June on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. No audition is required, but some music reading is helpful. Special services include: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.
The Well Musicians
Music at The Well (Central’s casual worship service) ranges from Contemporary Christian selections and traditional hymns and songs (often arranged in more modern styles) to original songs, bluegrass, southern gospel, rhythm and blues, and current popular music. We have a core group of seven musicians, including lead and rhythm guitar, harmonica, double bass, cajun, piano, and vocals. We do not use any prerecorded music at The Well. Throughout the year we often invite guest musicians to join us in leading in worship. In addition, all three children’s choirs at Central participate in worship at The Well five to six times during the choir season. The lyrics to all the musical selections are projected on a large screen at the front of the space, and attendees are encouraged to sing “as much or as little” as they feel comfortable.
Central United Methodist Church's Memorial Handbell choir is for advanced ringers and plays a full Five Octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and a three octave set of Schulmerich Melody Chimes. The bell choir attempts to perform about once a month and for special services for Advent/Christmas (December), Lent, Easter and Mother's Day. These choirs also perform away, in festivals, or by invitation. The Handbell Choir holds rehearsal every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Handbell Room #290.