Worship Through Music

BUMC's vital, varied music ministry provides opportunities for musicians of all ages and levels of experience to contribute. Music groups lead at worship services and special events all year round.  For general questions contact music director Chris Warrington at chris@washmorefeet.org or through the church office at 301-652-2990.

Praise Band 
Our Praise Band leads music at the 9:00 am worship service each Sunday. The group consists of vocalists accompanied by keyboards, drums, and guitars. They present a contemporary repertoire, singing favorites by Matt Redman, Mercy Me, Third Day, Jars of Clay, Chris Tomlin and more.  Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.

Sanctuary Choir
Leading worship with classic choral music by a variety of composers, the Sanctuary Choir sings each Sunday at the 11:00 am service and at special services throughout the year. Rehearsals are from 8:00-9:30 pm on Thursdays. Contact Max Nolin at maxknolin@gmail.com for more information.

Evensong Ensemble
The Evensong ensemble provides acoustic musical leadership for our Evensong service on Sundays at 7:00 pm. Evensong is a quiet, comtemplative worship experience with music, communion, silence, scripture and prayer. The ensemble rehearses Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays before the service at 5:30 pm. Contact John Euler at john@eulers.net if you would like to play or sing. 

Bethesda Bells
The Bethesda Bells handbell choir is for experienced adult bell ringers. The choir rings in six to eight Sunday morning services each year, as well as at various additional events.  For more information contact Gail Williams at gailwilltoo@verizon.net.

Church Folk
BUMC's folk group has developed a repertoire of acoustic guitar and banjo accompanied tunes to promote sing-along folk music in our community. Members are encouraged to bring new music too. Church Folk leads music at the 7:00 pm Evensong service several times a year.  All levels of instrumentalists and singers are welcome.  The group gets together the second Monday of each month for a relaxed rehearsal.  For more information contact John Euler at john@eulers.net.

Festival Ringers
Festival Ringers handbell choirs are formed from time to time for special occasions.  This choir is for less-experienced youth or adult ringers, or those who would like to try ringing for the first time. For more information contact Gail Williams at gailwilltoo@verizon.net.

Common Ground 
The youth praise band Common Ground is a group of musicians in grades 6-12 that leads a variety of worship experiences at BUMC and beyond. There are opportunities for members to be both mentored and to be mentors. Common Ground leads worship at the 7:00 pm Evensong service on the 2nd Sunday of every month and rehearses on select Thursday nights at 8:00 pm. Youth Tech training will be provided for anybody interested in running the sound board, video and lights. Contact Dave Welch (davidnwelch@gmail.com) for more info.

Children's choirs are formed a few times each year for special events. Details will be available here, in the Weekend Update in each Sunday's bulletin and in our monthly Messenger newsletter.

Musical Partners:

Coral Cantigas

Capital Carillon

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