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Music Ministry

The music ministry of First Presbyterian proclaims to the world that God is a God of mercy, love, and hope. Our music ministry provides opportunities to lead our congregation in worship, service, and education while conveying God’s word through the words we sing, and the instruments we play.

First Pres First Choice for Music!

First Pres has many opportunities for all ages to worship through song. Our many ensembles also provide a special fellowship that can last a lifetime!   Please be in contact with our Music Director, Jeremy Rath with any questions.

Music for the Very Young

Fridays from 11:00-11:30am

Our Music Director conducts a special music class for the Mom’s Day out children. Singing, movement, pre-reading skills, story time, and playing a variety of non-pitched instruments makes music time fun. Traditional and contemporary children’s Christian songs provide a wealth of resources.


Wednesdays at Christ Kids and during Sunday School

Children from preschool through grade 5 participate in music activities using singing, instruments and movement. They regularly participate in the worship service with their offering of praise through song. They use a variety of percussion instruments, ukulele, guitar and recorders to encourage music reading and to develop their musical talents.


Chancel Choir

Wednesdays at 7:00 and Sundays a half hour before service

Anyone from high school age and up is welcome to join a wonderful fellowship of praise through song. No audition is required. The Chancel Choir regularly sings at the 11:00 service and special events throughout the year, such as the Come To The Stable: A Living Nativity Stroll in December, Disney Candlelight Processional, and combined performances with other church choirs around Polk County.

Hand Bells

Chancel Bells – Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Chapel Bells – Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.

High School through adult ages are welcome. Both groups play regularly for Sunday worship services and for special occasions. We have space for beginners and advanced ringers. A commitment to a rehearsal schedule is required.

Praise and Worship Band

For those who are interested in playing or singing contemporary Christian music we have a special group. Musicians meet weekly to prepare music to be shared at our Praise and Worship, our Heart of Worship service, on Sunday mornings. Please contact our Music Director if you are interested in joining this group on a regular or drop-in basis.

Solo and Small Ensemble Voice/Instrumental Opportunities

If you are a youth with three years band experience, an adult with instrumental experience, or a singer who is unable to commit to regular choir rehearsals we would love to have you join one of our small music ensembles. We use piano, keyboard or organ in every service and we welcome and encourage those with keyboard skills. There are opportunities every Sunday to share your talent during worship service. Please contact our church office, and we will find a place for you to share your praise on Sunday morning.

Sound Booth

If technology is your thing, we also have a place for you in our musical praise! We are in need of people who would like learn about our sound system and help during the worship service to make sure all our praise is heard! We will be holding a training sessions in the future, so contact our Music Director and let us know if you are willing to join the Sunday rotation in the sound booth! No experience required.