First Congregational Church
 Gardner, MA 

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Music Ministry

  Choir Director and Organist: Jay Chandler

Music is central to the Ministry at the First Congregational Church. Music helps us come closer to God. With our music ministry, we seek to present a variety of musical experiences that glorify God.

First Congregational Choir
The choir, under the direction of our Music Director Jay Chandler and the Music Committee oversee a group of volunteers joined in song. The Choir sings each Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. service. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Anyone interested in joining and has a basic knowledge of sight reading music is welcome to join.

Cherub Choir
Music is an integral part of the Church Life.  The Cherub choir is an age-appropriate group that meets during Sunday School for a few minutes each week.  The Cherub Choir performs in worship several times during the year.

Soundings Handbell Choir
The First Congregational  Ringers, under the direction of Pat Darby, perform on 5 octaves of Malmark English handbells and 2 octaves of Choirchimes. They have been playing at the First Congregational Church for over 28 years. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the office. All you need is an ability to count time and willing heart.  The Ringers rehearse at scheduled rehearsals prior to performance dates. Most performances are for the 10:00 AM  Service on special Sundays in the Church calendar.

The Church Organ
The First Congregational Church Pipe organ is an 1894 George S. Hutchings (Opus 332), and has 37 stops over 4 divisions operated by a two-manual electro-pneumatic console.

Music Committee
Purpose: The Committee shall supervise the music ministry of the Church and shall be responsible for the hiring and direction of a Music Director.
The Committee shall consist of three people, one to be elected annually for a term of three years.
The Music Committee does not schedule regular meetings. Instead they meet faithfully as needed.