Joyful Noises & Angel Choir
Choirs for three year olds through 12th graders are directed by Stephanie McIlwain Miller.
New Parent Information about these choirs is here.
Joyful Noises (2nd grade and up):
The Joyful Noises are ready to lead worship once again on Sunday, November 3. As we celebrate All Saints’ Sunday that day, members of the choir will be ringing, singing, dancing, lighting candles and processing with ribbons. Our anthem for the day is I Sing a Song of the Saints of God. We’ll also be leading the sung responses to The Great Thanksgiving during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Rehearsals are already underway on our pieces for December 1. Our elementary school choristers will be welcoming in the season of Advent singing One Simple Candle. The entire Joyful Noises choir will then share the haunting yet joyful Come, Come Emmanuel.
During the 4:00 Family Service on Christmas Eve the Joyful Noises will be singing a combined piece with the adult Chancel Choir and Alrightokuhhuhamen, our older youth and young adult seasonal choir. Check back a little later this year for more details about this joyful, traditional service.
Angel Choir (3yrs-1st grade):
The Angel Choir is singing songs that help us learn each others’ names, praise God, move our bodies, and sing together as a group.
Different songs speak to different people. The Joyful Noises sing for the glory of God and to help create “thin places” through which the congregation might encounter God in worship. Therefore, each chorister works to sing every song as if it is their personal favorite.
This year we will be helping each chorister set goals for what skills they, as an individual, are ready to build upon in addition to working toward our group goals. The choristers will be invited sign up for times to meet with Kevin and Stephanie so we can help them figure out where they are musically, what they would like to work toward, and how they can help themselves get there.
“These young people are full of joy and energy as they offer their voices in a ministry that touches everyone in the congregation. They are learning that they each have something of value to offer, that they are a vital part of our community, and that they are leaders in worship.”
-Lynne Lew, member of LWUMC
The Angel Choir is finding many different ways to move to music, play rhythm instruments, and sing in unison. They will have fun learning to echo Stephanie and each other with their speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing voices. Choristers continue to practice listening when someone else is speaking, following directions, and taking turns. There will be many stories, songs, and learning about what happens when we’re in the sanctuary. Faith formation is the foundation of this program. Parents will periodically receive updates about what we’re learning and exploring so they can talk with us about it too!
We’re going to start learning to ring handchimes soon!
The Joyful Noises will return to the Madison House retirement community in December to sing for and with the residents. Here are a few things our choristers said about their visit there last May. I like making friends with older people. (second grader) They seem so happy we’re there; I love that! (fifth grader) The residents are already looking forward to our visit.
In the meantime Stephanie and Kevin continue to go to Madison House on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 2:00 for a resident led hymn sing. We estimate that 50-60 residents are served throughout the year, with weekly attendance in the low-teens. (When the Joyful Noises visit we see new smiling faces in the crowd.) Please let Stephanie know if you’d like to come sing with us sometime.
Developmentally, we are working to share instruments and other materials with each other, taking turns, and sharing our singing voices in the classroom. We are learning the refrains to Christmas carols so we can join in with the congregation on Christmas Eve. We’re hoping we’ll be ready to ring some handchimes then, too!
After learning about some historic saints during the early fall, we are ready to figure out ways to serve others ourselves. Our first project will be making sleeping bag warmers for the church’s safe parking guests.