Involvement in Worship and the Arts
Although all in the community of faith are called to be active participants in worship, certain ones are called to lead others through the arts. CMC is a diverse community with an amazing combination of gifts. Our Worship/Arts philosophy is to develop a ministry based on the gifts that God has given His people. Let us know what God has laid on your heart or what gifts you may have, and we will find a place for you to serve! Below is a list of our present opportunities.
The CMC Sanctuary Choir
For 50 years, West Michigan has been blessed by the unique ministry of the Sanctuary Choir. Under various gifted conductor/shepherds through the years, the choir is a family, called to lead in worship each Sunday. Not only does the choir lead worship in the first service each Sunday, they have a ministry outside the church as well. This unique choir has sung in patriotic concerts and as the featured choir for a Holland area July 4th Fireworks Celebration attended by 30,000 people. Recent dramatic interpretations of some of the great oratorios like Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah have been performed before full capacity audiences. Choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings are not only a time of learning music, but a time of worship, building relationships, and growing in our spiritual journey. This is open to all, high school age and up.
These small teams of instrumentalists and singers lead primarily in the Sunday morning 11am second worship service. There are constantly expanding opportunities to develop more and diverse teams of leaders.
A combination of various ages and experience, the CMC Orchestra leads in worship on the second Sunday of each month. Members practice the music on their own then rehearse the morning they play at 8am. The orchestra leads worship in the first service and also participates in special concerts throughout the year.
Various Instrumental Ensembles
Constantly expanding, the Brass and Percussion Choir presently leads in worship the fourth Sunday of each month and we also are occasionally led in worship by a Flute Choir, a Woodwind Ensemble and various combinations of String Ensembles.
This bell choir is open to anyone high school age and above. No experience is necessary, yet an understanding of basic music reading is needed. The Westminster Bell choir rehearses each Wednesday night from 6-7pm and is directed by Jackie Timmerman.
Sacred Dance Team
Youth and young adults serve on this team to lead in the visual expression of worship in services as well as concerts.
Sacred worship space enhancements, banners, symbols, icons, and various art worship expressions are created by this team.
Sound, Lighting, and Media Presentations are all an important part of the CMC worship experience in all the various worship venues. If you have experience and passion in any of these areas, this is the place for you!