Music Ministry

Welcome

Whether you are a musician looking to serve the church in an exciting and dynamic music ministry or just enjoy attending our Fine Arts At First Concert Series, we hope that you feel right at home here at First United Methodist Church. If you would like to learn more about joining our music ministries, please reach out.

Soli Deo Gloria!
David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries
Phone: (941) 639-3842, ext. 229

Contact Us

David Bellows,
Director of Music Ministries

Email: david.bellows@whatis1st.com

Phone: (941) 639-3842, ext. 229

Ensembles

The Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00AM service on Sunday mornings. This group rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 6:30PM and before the service Sunday mornings at 10:30AM. Beyond offering beautiful choral music on Sunday mornings, the choir also performs choral concerts. The Choir is open to everyone. Please contact, David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries, if you would like to join this group. David’s email: david.bellows@whatis1st.com

The Chancel Choir will resume rehearsals on September 9, 2021.

The Chancel Ringers plays September to May once a month at the 11:00AM services. This advanced handbell group rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:30PM in the Life Center. There are two requirements to join this group – the ability to read music and director’s discretion. Please contact David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries, if you would like to join this group. David’s email: david.bellows@whatis1st.com

 

The Chancel Ringers will be on vacation August 4 – September 1 and resume rehearsals on September 8, 2021.

The Praise Team serves in worship during our 9:15AM Contemporary service.  Our team enjoys leading our contemporary service in worship music from various artists, such as Bethel, Elevation Worship, Desperation Band, Lauren Daigle, Rend Collective, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong and more. Our team of talented musicians help establish and lead us into an atmosphere of worship every Sunday. We are currently looking for musicians to help enhance our band.

Fine Arts at First Concert Series

Our Music Staff

               Rehearsal Calendar

David Bellows

David Bellows

Director of Music Ministries

David began his formal music education at Hope College, where he earned a Bachelors in Organ Performance, studying with Huw Lewis. David received a Masters in Organ Literature and Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Hans Davidsson. He has also studied organ with Thomas Bara, Jonathan Biggers, and Todd Wilson. David is deeply interested in all aspects of the organ and choral music.

In his spare time, David enjoys perusing iTunes in search of new music to suit his eclectic tastes, finding new trails to bike down, going to the beach and drinking strong coffee.

< November 2021 >
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
  1 2 3Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Ringers RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Life Center
4Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Choir RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Historic Sanctuary & Choir Room
5 6
7 8 9 10Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Ringers RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Life Center
11Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Choir RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Historic Sanctuary & Choir Room
12 13
14 15 16 17Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Ringers RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Life Center
18Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Choir RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Historic Sanctuary & Choir Room
19 20
21 22Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Choir RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Historic Sanctuary & Choir Room
23 24Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
6:30 pm
Chancel Ringers RehearsalTime: 6:30 pm
Life Center
25Thanksgiving Day - (No Rehearsal)Thanksgiving Day - (No Rehearsal)Chancel Choir Rehearsal moved to Monday, November 22, 2021. 26 27
28First Sunday Of AdventFirst Sunday Of Advent 29 30