First United Methodist Church - Fuquay Varina

Music Ministry

Music Ministry is a wonderful opportunity to belong to a small group ministry with a heart to worship God with the gifts and talents God has blessed us.  There is a place for YOU!  Come join the Music Ministry.  For more information contact Helga Bogardus at


Chancel Choir

First’s Adult Choir welcomes everyone with a heart to praise the Lord through the gift of music! Chancel Choir provides worship music in a variety of styles for the 11:00 Traditional Service every Sunday morning throughout the year.  Chancel Choir also provides music for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.  Worship highlights include the annual Christmas and Easter Cantata. The annual Christmas Social, Valentine's Banquet and Spring Cookout provide opportunities for the Choir to grow and develop through fellowship.


Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7 p.m.


Grace Notes Handbell Choir

What makes handbell music so fascinating is how many different sounds and techniques are used by a group of 12 people to create one unique musical experience. At First Church handbells have honored saints with the toll of a solitary bell, celebrated the birth of Jesus as a soloist plays 24 bells hanging on a tree, and prayed for harmonious peace out of a world of chaos with a full ensemble. 


Handbells is an excellent way to learn how to read music.  Handbells provide an opportunity for instrumentalists to use the music reading skills learned in High School. Training in handbell techniques is available. 


Grace Notes rehearses on 4 octaves of Malmark Handbells and 3 octaves of Handchimes Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and provide music in worship once a month as well as for the Hanging of the Greens Service and Good Friday Service.


8:30 Music Team

The Music Team has a passion for worship in a contemporary style.  Guitars, keyboard, tambourines and voices join to sing favorite praise choruses and the latest tunes heard on Contemporary Christian radio. Attention CREW MEMBERS: Join the Music Team to learn and continue singing the songs from Pilgrimage!  The Music Team offers music at the 8:30 a.m. worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.


The 8:30 Music Team rehearse on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 5 p.m.


Children's Choir 

When was the first time you participated in worship?  Children's Choirs provide our preparatory members their first experience in offering the gift of music to the glory of God.  Through music children learn stories of the bible, praise and fundamental beliefs in Christianity.  Two age appropriate choirs are offered. Both rehearse at 4:15 p.m. every Sunday, August – April.


• God Squad Choir (3rd – 5th grades)

• Cherub Choir (4 year olds-2nd grade)


Instrumental Ensemble

“I used to play an instrument in High School but that was a number of years ago.”  Psalm 150 tells us to praise the Lord with all kinds of instruments.  First UMC has an opportunity for you praise the Lord with your instrument in worship and build your playing chops again. Solo opportunities are available as well as joining the ensemble for Christmas and Easter Cantatas. Contact Helga for more information.

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