Music

Music Ministry

One of the mandates of our faith calls us to worship God. Music is a vital part of worship and ministry in the life of Second Baptist Church. As we lift our praises, we are inspired to carry our faith into our daily ministries. To fulfill our commission of bringing music to the hearts of all at Second Baptist Church, we offer many venues for participation.

Children’s Choirs

See our Children’s Music Ministry below for information on musical training for children ages preschool through fifth grade.

Youth Choirs

Our young people become part of the Youth Ministry as they move to the Middle School, which usually happens in the sixth grade. At this age, they move into the Youth Choir, building upon and further developing their part-singing skills that began in children’s choirs. In the Youth Choir, they continue to participate in worship and sometimes take part in Dessert Theater productions. Part of our experiences have taken the Senior High Choir on a mission trip, singing in churches and assisting with mission work.

Adult Choirs

The Sanctuary Choir takes primary responsibility for providing music for 11:00 a.m. worship. Additionally, performances have taken us to present Christmas Concerts at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, as well as presenting Christmas and other seasonal concerts here at the church. In some years, a Christmas Dinner Theater has been a part of the performance calendar. Membership is open throughout the year.

Ensembles

How fortunate we are to have so many talented individuals, helping us to provide music in worship. Organized select ensembles include, CHORALE (adult), ONE SPIRIT (high school girls), BRETHREN (high school boys) a Women’s Trio and a Women’s Ensemble. Seasonally, an emphasis is made to utilize the talents of our college students. Traditionally, they sing for the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight service on Christmas eve and in worship during the summer.

Handbells

A fully graded handbell choir ministry enables us to augment our music in worship. Training is available beginning with the Chime Choir and continues with CHAPEL BELLS, YOUTH BELLS and two adult groups, the SECOND BELLS and the VESPER BELLS. Generally, membership is open during the fall for children and youth. Adult groups have openings from time to time as space allows.  If you are interested, please contact Taylor Vancil, Minister of Music and Worship.

Children’s Music Ministry

Children’s Choirs

For children, as early as infants, Second Baptist Church provides a place for them to begin their musical training in Wee Praise. For children, preschool through grade five, that opportunity takes place on Wednesday evenings from 6:20 through 6:55 p.m. To further develop sight-reading skills, third grade children may take advantage of a Chime Choir and fourth and fifth grade children can be a part of the CHAPEL Handbell Choir, all meeting at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.  If you are interested in having your child take part, please contact Wanda Kensinger at wkensinger@secondbaptistrva.org for details.

Student’s Music Ministry

Sunday Music Schedule

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Student Choir

5:00pm – 6:00pm: “Sunday Night Live” Gathering

Youth Choir

Our young people become part of the Youth Ministry as they move to the Middle School, which usually happens in the sixth grade. At this age, they move into a Middle School Choir, further developing their part-singing skills that began in children’s choirs. This continues into the Senior High Youth Choir, continuing the progression of choral singing. Part of our experiences have taken the Senior High Choir on a mission trip, singing in churches and assisting churches with mission work.

Handbells

A fully graded handbell choir ministry enables us to augment our music in worship. Training is available for our youth in the Middle School Handbell Choir and Senior High Handbell Choir.  Generally, membership is open during the fall. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

Instrumental Ensemble

This group is composed of mainly adults, but is also open to youth, middle school and up, who have at least two years of playing experience. They perform arrangements for worship as well as accompany choral groups and hymn-singing. We invite anyone to be a part of this ensemble who owns or has access to an orchestral instrument, and who wants to reshape those musical skills from years past.

Ensembles

How fortunate we are to have so many talented individuals, helping us to provide music in worship. Much of the music that takes place in the early, 8:45 a.m. service is provided by a small group, due to space restrictions. Organized select ensembles include JUBILATE (young adult), ONE SPIRIT (high school girls), BRETHREN (high school boys). Seasonally, an emphasis is made to utilize the talents of our college students. Traditionally, they sing for the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight service on Christmas eve and in worship during the summer.