Ministry through music is a centerpiece of worship and fellowship at Johns Creek United Methodist Church. Our music offerings are stylistically diverse and reflect our commitment to sharing the gospel of Christ through music in song, worship, fellowship and special events. It is our hope that everyone who participates in the Music Ministries program is challenged to grow in Christ and to experience God's unconditional love through the love of music that we all share. Whether you are a professional musician or just a music lover, we have a place for you!
Children & Youth Programs
CHILDREN’S ARTS PROGRAMMING
Your child will have the opportunity to participate in Choir, Handbells, Art, Drama, Ukulele, Gymnastics, Science, and an uptempo, high-energy children’s message.
REFLECTION YOUTH CHOIR
All 6th-12th graders are welcome to come join in singing, fun, and fellowship! Weekly rehearsals take place in the Choir Room on Sundays from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. This ensemble participates regularly in 8:30 am Sunday morning worship, church-sponsored mission events, and attends a summer choir tour annually. Contact Nathan Schreer for more information. Click Here for Youth Choir Schedule
The youth handbell choir participates monthly in Sunday morning worship services. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings during the school year from 5:00-5:30 pm in room 309. Contact Nathan Schreer for more information.
The Chancel Choir is open to all who enjoy singing and sharing music and wish to enter a commitment to create music with others to share the glory of God. A wide variety of musical abilities are welcome in the Chancel Choir. This choir primarily leads worship at the 11:00 am worship service on Sunday mornings. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings 7:30pm-9:00pm in the Choir Room on the second floor. The Chancel Choir also performs a variety of concerts throughout the year. You can join by attending one of our regularly scheduled rehearsals. Contact Nathan Frank for more information. Childcare is provided. For rehearsal tracks, click HERE.
J.O.Y. SINGERS: SENIOR ADULT CHOIR
A new choral group, The Joy Singers, is a ministry of the Johns Creek United Methodist Church. It provides an opportunity for anyone 55+ to be involved in the joy of singing. Through our own involvement, we plan to share the joy we have as a group, showing the love of God as we interact with our audiences. “Lifting voices in song remains a chief way that we praise God. Singing praises together unites minds and hearts, breath and voices – indeed the whole being – in praise.” (Hakyoung Cho Kim)
The Singers will sing throughout the community, sometimes for our senior adult group at JCUMC, sometimes for retirement communities, for assisted living residences and nursing facilities, and for other opportunities that may arise. Singing as senior citizens has been shown scientifically to be one of our best activities, offering a myriad of benefits. It increases our brain functionality, increases our self confidence, and helps to ensure a better quality of life through regular interaction with others. Taking deep breaths and letting the air out slowly builds your core. Stress tends to disappear as one is singing.
Official Rehearsal Schedule: Thursday, January 11 – Thursday March 8, from 10:30am-12:00pm
For more information, contact Nathan Frank.
The Johns Creek String Ensemble is composed of adult and youth instrumentalists. Experience levels range from beginner to professional. They play regularly in the 11:00 worship services, as well as the new Christmas POPS. They rehearse Sundays, 12:30-1:30 pm in the Gathering Room. They are lead by Kazanetti String Quartet member and local string guru Julie Rosseter-Sweeney. Contact Julie Rosseter-Sweeney for more information.
The Johns Creek Wind Ensemble is composed of adult and youth instrumentalists. Experience levels range from beginner to professional. They play regularly in the 11:00 worship services, as well as in selected concerts throughout the year. The Wind Ensemble rehearses Sundays from 12:30pm-1:30pm in the Sanctuary. Contact Nathan Frank for more information
The adult handbell choir participates periodically in Sunday morning worship services. Rehearsals are Sunday evenings during the school year from 3:15-4:15 pm in room 309. Contact Jeremy Rush for more information.
About the Organ
The congregation of Johns Creek United Methodist Church decided that it was time to build a dedicated worship space. It was always accepted as fact that this space, the sanctuary, would be furnished with the finest pipe organ obtainable. An organ committee was formed and began the process of selecting an organ builder. Trips were made to hear organs in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Paul, Minnesota. A builder was selected and a design formulated. However the funding of an organ project was not slated for the initial phase of building due to the cost.
It has long been known that rebuilding and installing a used pipe organ was less expensive than having a new one built. Trinity Church Wall Street had a very large pipe organ in storage. The church had removed the pipe organ from its sanctuary after the attacks on the World Trade Center. It was thought that dust from the collapse of the towers (just blocks from Trinity Church) had irreparably damaged the organ. However, this was not true. The organ was in need of cleaning and some rebuild work would be necessary, but it could be saved and reused. Trinity was not interested in using it any longer and was persuaded by John Bishop of the Organ Clearing House to donate the organ to Johns Creek United Methodist Church.
The organ was removed from Trinity Church’s storage space, inventoried and catalogued. The cost for this phase of the project was approximately $90,000. During this process, it was determined that it would cost in excess of $1 million to restore and reinstall the organ. However, the cost to build a new pipe organ of the same quality and size would be over $4 million. The savings to the church would be significant. The opportunity to salvage a victim of the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and use it in praise to God is unique. What a tremendous tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the events on that horrible day. It is Johns Creek United Methodist Church's distinct honor and privilege to lovingly restore and reuse this magnificent instrument of praise.
The organ restoration is now complete and the organ installation began in August 2016. Following the installation was a two month process of voicing the instrument to its new home, completed on November 18. The organ was played again in worship for the first time in 15 years on the morning of November 20, followed by a formal re-dedication on December 4. On the occasion of that re-dedication, we were honored to be featured by National Public Radio on its program All Things Considered.