Music Ministry at Thompson Church
There are many ways for those of all ages to praise God through musical performances at Thompson Church -- using bells, chimes, and voices!
This choir encourages the growth of four-year-olds through first graders, both musically and spiritually. In addition to performing during worship services, occasionally the children in this choir also perform for shut-ins or in nursing home and retirement communities. By using their voices and simple musical instruments, our youngest choir members learn the concepts of melody, rhythm, and harmony (and have lots of fun!).
Jesus' Joyful Choir
In this choir second through fifth graders sing twice each month during our worship services. They also sing on special holidays and have the chance to participate in the annual Christian musical. In addition these children will study both the Christian calendar and the history of hymns, and their participation provides them with the opportunity to develop leadership skills as well as a commitment to our church.
Sixth through eighth graders in the Middler Choir continue to build musical skills through hymns and Christian songs at a level and pace that engages and challenges them. The children sing in parts with special attention given to their changing voices in order to ease the vocal transition. The rehearsals overlap with that of the Jesus' Joyful Choir so that these older children can lead the younger singers through example.
Children and youth Chime & Bell Choirs
First through fourth graders in the Chime Choir get to join the great bell-ringing tradition at Thompson Church. This choir rings at Christmas and Easter services and other chosen times of the year. Members grow in their Christian faith as they learn what it is like to be part of a loving, caring, every-member-needed team. They also learn basic music theory and special handbell terms and techniques.
The fifth through eighth graders in the Credo Bell Choir form a strong and supportive two- to three-octave choir. They ring in worship often, with visits to retirement centers and nursing homes as a part of their ministry. Participation in this choir helps members to "train" their ear, to refine their coordination, and to learn advanced music theory.
Carillon Bell Ensemble
High school students and adults ring together to form the Carillon Bell Ensemble. The group plays bell trios, quartets, and small-ensemble bell pieces, which employ challenging and fun techniques. The Carillon Bell Ensemble requires sight-reading abilities, and previous bell-ringing experience is helpful.
With One Voice Choir
High school students and adults sing together in this choir, regularly performing at one worship service a week from September through May. Rehearsals are structured to strengthen choir members' voices and to improve their music-reading abilities. This choir provides opportunities for solo, duet, trio, and quartet experiences using a variety of composers and styles of music. This choir develops a strong sense of Christian community, where members treasure the weekly rehearsal time as a welcome respite from their hectic lives.
Adult Bell Choir
The Adult Bell Choir rings in worship monthly, as well as during special holiday services. This choir also occasionally travels to the Central New Jersey Bell Festival to ring with many other choirs from the region. We strive to maintain our ringing at the highest level: "bronze" ringing. We have a five-octave set of Malmark handbells and three octaves of chimes.
Music for our contemporary worship service is led each week by our Praise Band. Band members use piano, guitar, bass, percussion, and voice to bring God's Word alive through music. Each week the music in worship highlights the theme of the Pastor's sermon and helps us to lift our voices in gratitude to God.
Looking for Christian music to share with your children? Check out these links for songs and/or videos that you can enjoy with your kids at bedtime, in the car, or instead of TV. They range from angelic voices singing classic Bible songs and hymns to videos with music that will encourage the family to get up and move along!