Music Ministries

"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord." -- Ephesians 5:19

The Music Ministries at Pender are dedicated to using God’s gift of music to joyfully lift praises to His name!

Our primary focus is to enhance our worship experience at Pender through music of all kinds - voice, guitar, piano, organ, handbells, drums, and more. 

We have groups of all ages, sizes and abilities, and our goal is to involve every person who wishes to glorify God through music. No musical ability required!

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Children's Music

Pender's annual music program for children runs from September through June.   Our program is “graded” in that we have separate groups for specific ages and abilities.  This allows the children to learn about God and their place in His world in a way that they can understand and embrace.  Music concepts are taught at a comfortable pace yet present challenges for our budding musicians.

There are several children’s choirs grouped into three categories:

Preschool and Kindergarten: In Cherub Choir, our little songbirds learn how to sing and engage in music games and activities.   Cherub Bells are for the kindergartners; children begin to learn the basic concepts of music and bell ringing using small, brightly colored desk-top bells.  The Cherub Choir and Cherub Bells sing and ring about 5-6 times each year during the Sunday morning 11:00am service, and also participate in the annual Palm Sunday children’s processional.   The Cherub Bells participate in the annual Christmas handbell program that takes place in early December

Cherub Choir

Who: 4 years through Kindergarten
When: Practice on Thursdays at 5:15 PM
Where: Preschool Music Room (Room 125)
Directed By: Sean Niehoff

Cherub Bells

Who: Children in Kindergarten only
When: Practice on Thursdays at 5:45 PM
Where: Preschool Music Room (Room 125)
Directed By: Sean Niehoff

Elementary (Grades 1-6):  The Wesley Choir is the busiest of all the children’s choirs.  At this level, the children are called upon to sing AND be true leaders in worship. Practice begins with vocal warm-ups.  The kids then delve into the next two or three anthems they are preparing for worship.  They learn more complicated rhythms and text, and they are exposed to different styles of music.  At the end of rehearsal, we share our “joys and concerns” and pray for each other. 

The Wesley Choir sings 8-9 times annually at either the 8:15 or 11:00am traditional worship services.  The Wesley Choir also participates in special services and events such as singing at nursing homes or homeless shelters, and in the Northern Virginia Chorister’s Guild Children’s Festival.  

They take the lead in preparing the annual Christmas Eve children’s program and the annual children’s spring musical.

Wesley Choir

Who: 1st through 6th grade
When: Practice on Thursdays at 5:15 PM
Where: Choir Room
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

The Genesis Ringers  (grades 1 through 4) is the first children’s group to learn to ring with “real” handbells!   In this group the children hone their music reading and ringing skills and learn some fun handbell techniques.

Genesis Ringers

Who: 1st through 4th grade
When: Practice on Thursdays at 4:45 PM
Where: Chapel
Directed By:

The members of the Jubilation Ringers (grades 4-6) have been ringing for at least two years, and are presented with more challenging (but a lot of fun!) music.  Both the Genesis and Jubilation Ringers ring about 4-5 times during Sunday morning worship and participate in the annual Christmas handbell program that takes place in early December.

Jubilation Ringers

Who: 4th through 6th grade
When: Practice on Thursdays at 4:45 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter
Youth Music

We love teens at Pender!   Pender’s Music Ministry has many talented teen musicians who participate in our music groups.   We know teens can become very busy with their schoolwork and extra-curricular activities, but those youth who are part of our music groups will tell you the challenges, fun, and fellowship we have are worth the time and effort. 

Youth Choir (Grades 7-12):      The Pender Youth Choir is comprised of about 30-35 teens in grades 7-12.  Some of our teens sing in their school choir, and some do not.  Some read music and some do not.  All that is required is a desire to learn and sing and have some fun! 

We sing a variety of musical styles, including the popular contemporary Christian music heard on Christian radio.  The Youth Choir sings about 8-9 times during Sunday morning worship from September to June.   

The highlight of our year is our annual choir trip in June.   We travel as a group to perform mission work and present a concert or two.  We rehearse on Sunday evenings right before Youth Group.   Please join us!

Youth Choir

Who: Grades 7 through 12
When: Practice on Sundays at 5:45 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

Youth Handbells:   We have two handbell groups for teens.  Celebration Ringers is a 5-octave group that rings moderately-easy to intermediate level music.   The Youth Handbell Ensemble is a smaller group of advanced ringers.   Both groups ring about 5-6 times each year and participate in the annual Christmas handbell program that takes place in early December.

Celebration Ringers

Who: Grades 7 through 12 (intermediate level of difficulty)
When: Practice on Sundays at 5:00 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Ann Rollins

Youth Handbell Ensemble

Who: Grades 7 through 12 (advanced level by invitation only)
When: Practice on Sundays at 5:00 PM
Where: Chapel
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

Youth Instrumental  Ensemble:   Also known as the “Youth Orchestra,”  the Youth Instrumental  Ensemble is a group of teens (and a few adults!) who play  Christian music written for band or orchestra .  Most members of this group are also playing in a school orchestra or band, and bring their own instrument to rehearsals.   The group plays about 3-4 times per year during Sunday morning worship.  We do not rehearse every week, but instead rehearse for four-six weeks prior to our scheduled play date.  Our more experienced musicians also join the adult choir for the annual Christmas and Lenten Cantatas.    Strings, woodwind, and brass players are welcome.  Our kick-off date is November 3 – after marching band season.

Youth Instrumental Ensemble

Who: Grades 7 through 12 (adults also welcome)
When: Practice on Sundays at 4:15 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter
College Age

The Crown Ringers are college-age adults who want to keep on ringing handbells.

Who: College Age
When: Practice on Sundays at 12:15 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter
Adult Music

Vocal Choirs

At Pender, we are blessed to have many dedicated volunteers that comprise our adult music groups.    Week after week, these individuals come together to share the gift of music with the Pender congregation.    Our adult music groups act as “small groups” for their participants.  Not only do we come together to sing or play music, we become closer to God and to each other by sharing our lives – celebrating the happy times and sharing burdens during the not-so-happy times.  We welcome you to join us to experience the love of God and the fellowship of believers through music.  Child care will be provided upon request.

 

Sanctuary Choir: The Sanctuary Choir is our 40-45 member adult choir, and leads worship most Sundays from August through June.  The Sanctuary Choir sings at the 11:00AM traditional Sunday morning worship service, but will occasionally sing for the earlier 8:15AM service.  

The Sanctuary Choir presents an annual Christmas and Lenten Cantata, and members of our group also lead most special services and events such as the annual Missions Conference.   There are opportunities for singing in small ensembles as well.  

You do not need to know how to read music to join us!  You also do not need to know your voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).    Our section leaders will help you get started!  

Sanctuary Choir

Who: Adults
When: Practice on Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

Adult Handbells:    Handbells are not just for children and teens!  We have three adult handbell groups for beginner to advanced ringers.  

The Revelation Ringers group is for beginning to intermediate level ringers.  The Carillon Ringers group is for intermediate to advanced ringers.  The Revelation and Carillon groups ring about 6-7 times each year for Sunday morning worship.  These groups also participate in an annual handbell festival – a weekend where over 600 ringers come together to ring a concert – fun!    

The Joy Ringers group is for advanced ringers.  This group rings 7-8 times each year.  Last year, we participated in an advanced-level handbell festival – a lot of practice but also great fun!   Our rehearsals are full of laughing and ringing (sometimes more laughing than ringing!)  You do not have to know how to read music to learn how to ring handbells!  Come and try us out and laugh a little (or a lot…)

Revelation Ringers

Who: Adults (beginner to intermediate level of difficulty)
When: Practice on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

Carillon Ringers

Who: Adults (intermediate to advanced level of difficulty)
When: Practice on Tuesdays at 6:45 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter

Joy Ringers

Who: Adults (advanced level of difficulty)
When: Practice on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Where: Sanctuary
Directed By: Theresa Carpenter
Traditional Service Praise Music

This group helps lead worship each Sunday at the 8:15 and 11:00 services.

The congregation sings contemporary Christian music accompanied by vocalists, guitars, keyboard and piano.

Common Ground Praise Band

The band plays on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for common ground. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings. Contact Sean Niehoff for more information.