Music plays a vital role in our worship services, and at Aldersgate we have a variety of ways to become involved in this special way of worship leading. Our traditional Wesleyan Choir and our CrossWalk praise band are made up of committed volunteers who meet weekly and lead our worship year-round. Our Celebration Bell choir, Children and Youth Choirs, as well as smaller vocal and instrumental groups, regularly add to the vibrancy of our worship services. All are invited and encouraged to participate in these groups, with most of them requiring little to no prior experience. If you are interested or have questions about any of these opportunities, call or email Scott Clausen.
Our traditional Wesleyan Choir meets Wednesday nights at 7pm, and sings weekly for our 8:30 Traditional service. They lead worship with hymns and responses, as well as weekly anthems. We sing all styles of music from classical to gospel and contemporary, Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn to Martin, Rutter and Moses Hogan. We sing two major works a year, as well as for special services throughout the year. We come together to learn music, but are also fed by that music and its message, and by group prayer and fellowship. All are welcome to join in this group, no musical experience is necessary, just a heart to share your song.
Our CrossWalk praise band meets on Thursday evenings at 7. We prepare weekly worship for our 11 am contemporary service. We play the music of today’s contemporary Christian artists like David Crowder, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe, as well as other contemporary favorites. We have a passion for contemporary worship leading and welcome anyone with a shared passion. Previous experience or instrumental ability is helpful, but not always necessary.
Children’s Music Ministry
Children 3 years through 6th grade gather Sunday evenings at 5pm for PRIMETIME. Our music time is with singing, bell and chime ringing, and basic music theory learning. We learn about God and the stories of our faith through our songs and hymns. During our enrichment time we fellowship and learn more about who God is, and what God wants us to be. We participate in Sunday worships services throughout the year, special services like Christmas Eve, and will put on a musical in the spring semester.
- C.O.O.L. Bells(3rd – 6th Grades) Sundays 4:00-4:45
- PrimeTime Sundays 5-6:30
Youth Music Ministry
Our Reflections Choir and Reflections Bell Choir gather as part of our Sunday night youth activities. In addition to learning music we learn about sharing our faith through making music. We often particiapte in morning worship services as well as Sunday evening youth group and out-reach mission events.
- Reflections Choir Sundays 4:01-4:46
- Reflections Bell Choir Sundays 4:46-5:31
The Celebration Bell choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:45pm. We play in worship regularly and join with other choirs for special works and services throughout the church year. Children’s Bells and Handchimes rehearse on Sunday afternoon during the school year. COOLhandbells(3rd-6th grades) practice from 4:00-4:45pm, and Reflections Bells(youth) practice from 4:46-5:31pm. Phyllis Mitchell is the director of this ministry.
There are multiple opportunities for soloists (vocal or instrumental) or ensembles to providespecial music in the 8:30 and 11:00 worship services.
Worship Media Ministry
Our Media Ministry is an important tool in leading of worship. Using current trends in computer, audio, and video software and technology, this ministry enhances our corporate worship experience.
Director of Music Ministries
December 10, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
"Small Dancing Light" A choral service for Advent
Sounds of the Season
December 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A FREE concert of Christmas Music featuring our Children & Youth music ensembles, and our special guests, Apple Tree Preschool Children.
Soups of the Season
December 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
John Wesley Center
Following Sounds of the Season on Sunday, join us for SOUPS OF THE SEASON. Reserve your “Soup Spot” today by contacting the Church Office, 985-641-5829, and let us know what Soup you will be bringing. Then meet us in the John Wesley Center for a time of fellowship and feasting on many different soups!
Parent's Night Out
December 15, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost is $20 per child and ages 18months to 12years of age are welcome to join us.
Youth Progressive Dinner
December 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Youth Christmas Progressive Dinner is a fellowship opportunity for the youth to get together and have a different meal course at 3 locations hosted by church members. It's a fun night and all youth are welcome to join us! We will transport the youth from the church to each location, and parents will pick-up from the final dessert house which will be at the home of the Wadge Family.
Marriage: Building to Last
January 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Money, in-laws, sex, arguments … we all want a healthy, loving marriage, but there are so many real issues that can stand in the way.
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8:30am - Traditional Worship
Join us for this traditional United Methodist worship experience, built around liturgy, congregational prayer, hymns led by the choir and organ, hearing the spoken word, and reflecting upon it with current, relevant messages, and caring for one another in prayer.
9:45am - Sunday School
Our Sunday School hour includes 10 adult classes, a youth class, sixth/seventh grade confirmation class, and seven other children’s classes.
11:00am - Contemporary Worship
Come as you are to this contemporary worship experience. This service features our praise bands sharing new and favorite songs, experiential messages rooted in the scriptures, and a time build our community through prayer.