Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir has a rich history at First United Methodist Church. It led Sunday worship at the 9:30 Sunday morning service during the school year since 1960. This year, they collaborate with other choirs during the 10:00 a.m. service. The Chapel Choir is open to all high school youth regardless of musical abilities or background.

For the past 48 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical trip spreading God’s message in words and song to congregations throughout North America, including such places as New York City, Boston, Denver, St. Simon’s Island, Memphis, Pensacola, Nashville, Toronto, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Ft. Worth, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Wilmington, and many communities in between. The 2020 tour will take place July 5 to 12. The choir will be traveling to New York, New York this year. Sponsor a Bus Seat for $25 using this form. 

Choir members practice Sunday morning after the 10:00 worship service as well as Wednesday night in preparation for their Christmas Concert and choir tour. Members also give their time through fundraising and mission trip activities at church. The youth are actively involved at their schools in athletics, speech, band, choir, dance, and many clubs.

The Chapel Choir goals are to:

  • Share our faith in Jesus Christ through our music and our actions.
  • Learn to participate in the leading of a Worship Service.
  • Grow in our music skills through our rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Develop new relationships within our own group
  • Learn to participate in and contribute to a large, diversified group.

The Chapel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 8:15 p.m.

Choir Director: 
Nick Loos, Director
Accompanist: 
Kevin Zehme
Rehearsal Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Rehearsal Room: 
Fellowship Hall
Performance Dates: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 4:00am
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:00am
Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 8:00am
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 10, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday, May 24, 2020 - 10:00am
Rehearsal Schedule: 
Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed May 27 2020 except Wed Apr 01 2020.

News and Events

POSTPONED - Chapel Choir 50th Choir Tour Celebration

 

Since we are in uncertain times about when life may return to normal, the 50th Chapel Choir Tour Celebration scheduled for June this year has been postponed to summer 2021. The revised dates are still to be determined. We will provide updated information as the planning committee makes decisions.

In the meantime, please connect with our Facebook group for updated information at the following link. Share the link with all of your Chapel Choir friends. Feel free to share the Facebook link with all of your Chapel Choir friends!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/50thChapelChoirTourCelebration/

Join the Fun!

We are trying to gather everyone’s contact information, so send your name, years in choir, address, email, and phone number as a Facebook message or email 50chapelchoir@gmail.com.

Chapel Choir 50th Choir Tour Celebration

Chapel Choir 50th Tour Image

“People, Get Ready!” for our 50th Chapel Choir Tour Celebration which is definitely “A Reason to Rejoice” on June 12-14, 2020. “Right Now” our planning committee is launching registration for this special weekend.

To receive early bird rates, please register by March 31, 2020.  For a registration form, scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Chapel Choir members and alumni along with choir directors, chaperones, youth leaders, ministers and parents are invited to participant in exciting events throughout the weekend. Spouses and significant others are welcome to register for all of the events!

Please connect with our Facebook group at the following link to get updated registration information. Share the link with all of your Chapel Choir friends.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/50thChapelChoirTourCelebration/

This is “A Season to Celebrate” for everyone. The schedule includes:

Friday, June 12: 6:00 – 9:00 pm - Chapel Choir “Friends Forever” Festivities at Carriage Greens (8700 Carriage Greens Drive) in Darien. (Generous Appetizers & Cash Bar)

~ Early Bird: $40 per person / April 1: $50 per person. If needed, register for Friday evening childcare at the church.

Saturday, June 13: 9:00 – 11:30 am – “Back to the Basics” Chapel Choir Rehearsal at DGFUMC. After the rehearsal, join us for the “Celebrate Life” Together Boxed Lunch. 

~ Early Bird: $15 per person / April 1: $20 per person.

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us at one of our services on Christmas Eve as we celebrate Jesus' birth. There are several services to choose from. 

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve Services

Please join us for our services on Monday, December 24:

4:00 p.m. - Family Worship

A worship celebration specially geared for children, with music provided by the Children's Choirs. Rev. John Smoke will share the message.

7:00 p.m. - Family Service with Communion

A family worship service featuring the Connection Choir. We will share in Christmas Eve communion as well as a candlelight carol-sing. The message will be given by Rev. Wesley Dorr, our Pastor of Youth Ministries.

9:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service with the Chancel Choir and a candlelight carol-sing.

10:15 - 10:45 p.m. Come & Go Communion

Christmas Eve communion, served by Pastor Claude and Pastor Anna, in a come-and-go style in the Chapel.

11:00 p.m. - Traditional Candlelight Service

A traditional Christmas Eve service featuring the Chapel Choir and a carol-sing to greet the first moments of Christmas morning.

Caroling Around the World – The Christmas Cantata

Caroling Around the World

Gather your friends and families and come enjoy the Chancel Choir Christmas Cantata, Caroling Around the World, this Sunday, December 2.

We open our hearts to familiar and new carols from 20 countries featuring vocal and instrumental soloists with the Chancel Choir.

Rev. John Smoke, our Christian Education Director, will lead the global tour for children, and projection designs will enhance our music without borders.

The 55-voice Chancel Choir is conducted by Ms. Diane Hires.

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