The Music and Worship Ministry exists to provide musical leadership and training in the worship of the One, True, Living God! In Psalm 150 the psalmist exhorts us to “praise the Lord” with our voices and all manner of instruments. In the Colossians, Paul tells us to admonish one another “in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” At Abilene we seek to do just that!
The Abilene Worship Choir and Orchestra provides the primary music leadership for our worship services. The Worship Choir consists of adults who love the Lord and are called to lead God’s people at Abilene in worship! Choir membership is a sizeable commitment of time and energy, but one that is unsurpassed in blessings! The Worship Choir gathers for rehearsal most Wednesday nights throughout the year at 7:30 PM in the Main Rehearsal Room in the Music Suite located behind the Main Auditorium. An alternate rehearsal is provided on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 during the school year. Who is able to join the Worship Choir? We encourage anyone whom the Lord has prompted to lead in worship to visit a rehearsal to confirm that calling. Then, we encourage choir visitors to return for several rehearsals after that confirmation to be musically prepared to lead. There are no auditions. However, we are happy to assist anyone in determining the best voice part to sing.
The Abilene Worship Orchestra consists of instrumentalists who love the Lord and are called to lead God’s people at Abilene in worship with the talent the Lord has given them! The Abilene Worship Orchestra rehearses most Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in the Main Rehearsal Room in the Music Suite located behind the Main Auditorium. After rehearsing with the Worship Choir they usually move into the Main Auditorium for the remainder of their rehearsal. How do you join the Worship Orchestra? Contact the Minister of Music to indicate your interest in leading worship and to set up a meeting to discuss the best path for you to begin playing your instrument for the Lord! We often begin involving 8th Grade band students in rehearsal to begin preparing them to serve the Lord with their newly found talent. Many adults have dusted off those talents from high school/college and play each week now!
The Abilene Youth Choir consists of Middle and High School students who love Jesus Christ and love to get together and sing His praises! The Youth Choir meets each Sunday at 5:00 PM in the Main Rehearsal Room in the Music Suite located behind the Main Auditorium throughout the school year. The Youth Choir leads worship in our evening worship service several times a year. We desire to develop the students musically and spiritually as they grow in their role as worship leaders. While not all will continue to lead “up front” as adults, we want to “stir up” a passion for worshipping God for their entire life. We encourage all students, grades 6-12, to join us!
Developing lifetime worshippers of God is the primary goal of our Preschool Choir and Graded Children’s Choir ministry. We offer opportunities for kids age K3 through the 4th grade. These children will learn about music as they learn the Word of God through fun activities and interaction with caring leaders. Additionally, they will occasionally sing in the Evening Worship service. The Graded Children’s Choirs will present a special musical production to the church each year. Graded Children’s Choirs meet each Wednesday at 6:15 PM during the school year in various rooms in our CIA Zone (children’s educational area).
Our Hand Bell Choir performs each year as a prelude to the Singing Christmas Tree, as well as at other special worship times. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 4:30 PM in Room B309 throughout the school year. Please contact the Music Ministry office for more information if you are interested in being a part of this unique and fun ministry area!
Senior Adult Choir
The Abilene Prime-timers Choir consists of senior adults with a heart to serve the Lord through music! They normally meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the Music Suite located behind the Main Auditorium. As a member of this group you will enjoy singing favorite hymns and Gospel songs, ministering in nursing homes and great fellowship! All senior adults are invited to join the group!
We utilize drama and all that it entails (actors, make-up. technical help, etc.) when we present the Singing Christmas Tree and other presentations that may arise! Please contact the Music Ministry office for more information and to indicate your experience and interest in serving in this area!
Abilene Technical Ministry Opportunities
Our Technical Ministries area is growing by leaps and bounds! There are many opportunities for a person with a passion in this area to serve including Auditorium (House) Sound, Auditorium (House) Lighting, Video Projection and Video Production, Television Ministry (camera/director/sound/editing) as well as Photography! Please contact the Music Ministry office for more information and to indicate your experience and interest in serving in this area!