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ST. JOHN'S MUSIC MINISTRY

"Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious" (Psalm 66:1, KJV).

Music is at the heart of St. John's. It's somewhat rare to find a church reaching out to a contemporary world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and still rooted in traditional liturgy.

St. John's draws worshipers from a wide area of the greater Florence area with timeless rituals that are remarkably powerful in today's world. The music supports this liturgy. While we endeavor to offer a balance of styles, the overall character of our music is traditionally Anglican.

             Choir

St. John's Choir

The Senior Choir practices on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and sings at the 11 a.m. service on Sundays during the regular calendar season.

The choir also sings for various special services throughout the year, including liturgies associated with the seasons of Advent/Christmas (Advent Lessons and Carols, two services on Christmas Eve) and Lent/Easter (Maundy Thursday evening service, Good Friday noon service and the latter two services on Easter Day).

This group of choristers forms a "community" at St. John's, and they are very dedicated to the worship life of the parish.

Handbell Choir

Our handbell ministry expanded in the 2015-16 choir year with the addition of a a third octave of bells.

The choir is currently playing music up to, and including, Level 4. Eleven ringers (with substitutes who float to various positions as members are away) form a very enthusiastic, dedicated and capable handbell choir. They play regularly in worship, especially at Morning Prayer services (typically on the first Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.), where they not only accompany the canticles, but provide voluntaries at the beginning of the service.

In September 2016, the choir participated in a Raleigh Ringers Workshop at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Irmo. The group is growing in leaps and bounds!

Junior Choir

A new year of Junior Choir was begun in September 2016.

Children in grades 1-6 are warmly invited to participate. They don't need to be members of St. John's, but all children will be expected to participate on the Sundays when the choir sings.

This choir will make regular appearances in the Family Eucharist at 9 a.m. They will explore the world of making choral sound, learn music basics and even ring handbells.

For more information, feel free to contact the Church office.

Young Artist Concert Series

The Young Artist Concert (YAC) Series was founded in October 2014. For our third season, in 2016, we had only one concert -- due in large part to the 150th anniversary celebration of the church. The concert was by percussionist Shane Reeves. We look forward to a return of the three-concert format in 2017.

The series began as a venue for young, emerging artists of the highest caliber. It is held on the second, third and fourth Sundays of October.

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Our Pipe Organ
Our pipe organ is a 1939 Moeller to which additions have been made over the years. A description of the organ can be seen at http://database.organsociety.org/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=33295
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