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     Music notes ♫
    Joyful Tones chime choir 
    The chancel choir performs during a worship service.
    The handbell choir and director Lisa Cardwell
    take a break after a worship service.

    Swift Church choirs lift
    joyful sounds to the Lord

     By LISA CARDWELL | music director 

    Swift Presbyterian Church has choirs to praise God and to enhance the worship experience. The chancel choir continues to work weekly to bring worshipful music for our Sunday services. The handbell choir and the Joyful Tones chime choir play for services from time to time.

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    Music department slowing down a bit

    After busy Lent and Easter seasons, the music department is slowing the pace down a bit. Our chancel choir is moving to Sunday 9 a.m. rehearsals instead of the weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals. We will be leading worship the first three Sundays in June. This would be a great time to join us and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

    On June 24, Keith and I will be leaving for the Montreat Music and Worship Conference at Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. This will be a time for education, renewal, and looking at anthem possibilities for chancel choir, handbells, and chimes.

    Some opportunities may be coming up in the summer for chimes and handbells. After a few weeks of a less-busy schedule, there will also be planning for fall 2018 music at Swift.

    Although Holy Week and Easter are over, chancel choir and adult handbell choir members are still hard at work on new anthems. We appreciate the generosity of people who allow us to purchase new music.

    Procession of the bells on All Saints' Sunday, Nov. 6.

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    HERE’S A DESCRIPTION of our choirs:

    The Joyful Tones chime choir — This is an intergenerational group that plays three or four times a year. No music reading skills are necessary. This is a beginner-level group created to introduce people to playing tone chimes, as well as the fun and fellowship that church music offers. Rehearses four or five weeks prior to playing in worship services (usually after 10:00 Sunday services).

    Chancel choir prepares 2-to-4-part choral music for weekly worship leadership. This group also welcomes singers to join us as we prepare special programs for Holy Week or Christmas. We also enjoy fun and fellowship, supporting each other through prayer and friendship. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 5:45 during the school year, and on Sunday mornings at 9 during the summer.

    Handbell choir — We started our handbell choir in summer of 2013 on a trial basis with a borrowed set of bells and chimes. The interest in handbells grew with enthusiasm, and with the help of our generous congregation we purchased a three-octave set of handbells and tone chimes in fall of 2014. Our group has developed skills in techniques and teamwork as we learn anthems and play in worship about every six weeks. We rehearse at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. We welcome people who are willing to start as substitutes for rehearsals, or be a part of ensembles. We take a break for several weeks during the summer.

    ♫ Intergenerational handbell choir — This is our newest choir and it is for beginners of all ages.

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    WANT TO JOIN one or more of the choirs at Swift? Talk with Lisa Cardwell, music director. Her email is lisacardwell62@gmail.com and her telephone number is (251) 767-0777.
     

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