Music Ministries

Director of Music & Worship Ministries: Dr. Matthew Harden

Thoughts (ramblings) from the Music Office:


That festive time of year, fellowship, family, and the celebration of Christ’s Birth is upon us again. This Advent and Christmas bring a return of cherished events and a change in the future. Please read through as we announce our traditional events and as I share a change with you.


Festival of Carols

The Choirs and Orchestra of The Appleton First United Methodist Church will present “A Festival of Carols” on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary of the Church.


The theme for this year’s Festival is “Carols from Around the World” and will feature a variety of carols from Northern Hemisphere countries. We will be featuring all of our vocal choirs (Bass Clef, Festival Choir, Grace, and Sonshine Singers) and our Wesley Handbell Choir, as well as the orchestra that comes to collaborate with us each year.


We hope you will join us for this musical event. As with the event each year, 100% of a free will offering will benefit The Salvation Army Food Pantry.


Christmas Eve Family Orchestra

Has it been a while since you played your horn? Have you been learning to play the cello? Do you still remember how to play the flute, but don’t have a chance to play? Maybe, you’re in middle school or high school, or beyond and would like a chance to play with a different group?

If any of these describe your situation, have we got an opportunity for you:

First Church’s Multigenerational Christmas Eve Family (amateur) Orchestra!

Marty Robinson is looking for string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players

6th grade and older to play a set before the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

We need everyone.

Rehearsals will be announced in the bulletins, but the final one is set for:

  • Saturday, Dec. 24th, 2:30-3:20 in advance of the 4:00 service.  Then, we will play for the service starting at 3:45.


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