We believe that God created us for His enjoyment… His first commandment is that we love and worship Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Music is the strongest expression of our worship and leads us to the very throne of God. Our mission is threefold: to present our best musical gifts to God in honor and praise; to lead the body of Christ in meaningful worship; and to encourage both musical and spiritual growth in each music ministry participant.
Service Styles and Times
Traditional Worship Services – Our Sunday morning traditional services in the church Sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. contain all the “classic” elements of worship including piano and organ accompaniment, hymn singing led by our Chancel choir and other liturgical elements such as the reciting of the Apostle’s Creed and the singing of the Doxology.
9:39 Contemporary Service - We invite you to attend our contemporary service and get connected. No matter where you are on your faith journey, you are welcomed here! We offer modern worship with traditional elements, such as modernized hymns and the offering of communion. This service takes place at 9:39 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Praise and Life Center (PLC/Gym).
Join a Choir
Our Music Ministry offers opportunities to sing at any age level and ability. Our choirs meet at various times throughout the week and in addition to preparing music for a variety of worship services and programs, assists all participants in developing their God-given talents.
Play & Praise (GUMC Preschool) – This group of 3, 4, and 5 year olds meets one afternoon a week at the conclusion of our morning preschool. Their curriculum teaches God’s truths using easily-learned songs, hand and body motions, hand bells, and musical instruments.
Graysonkids - Our Preschool Praise and Worship Choir meets on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in Room 221 as we sing and praise our great God! Preschoolers who are Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 are invited to join us. Our Graysonkids Glee Club for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade meets on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in Room 222. Can’t sing? Come make a joyful noise with us - we have a spot for you! Click here for more information on Graysonkids Glee Club.
ATTITUDE 423 (Grades 6-12) – Our middle and high school students combine for music & worship each Sunday afternoon at 4:23 p.m. during the school year. This group sings contemporary praise and worship songs as they develop their vocal skills and prepare to lead others in worship, both here and on the summer music/ministry tour. Our student praise and worship choir takes its name from Ephesians 4:23 which says to “take on the attitude of Christ.”
Chancel Choir – Our Chancel Choir is a group of adult volunteers who lead congregational worship in our traditional 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services in addition to special seasonal music programs. This choir sings a variety of musical styles and genres from classical to contemporary. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights in the choir room at 7:00 p.m.
Instruments and Handbells
Instrumentalists – We are always looking for musicians who play string, brass, wind, and percussion instruments as well as piano to enhance our worship services. Please contact the church or music office if you would like to be used in service.
The GUMC Sanctuary Orchestra- This is a group for string, brass, wind, and percussion musicians in grades 9 through adult. These musicians play during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Participation is by proficiency audition.
Sanctuary Hand Bell Choir – This group plays a wide variety of hand bell music styles/literature and performs regularly in our worship services and special events. Some music reading ability is required. Volunteer ringers meets on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
9:39 Contemporary Service
If you are a first time guest here are a few things you can expect. We offer a relaxed and casual worship environment, so feel free to dress comfortably. You will be greeted by a friendly face who will connect with you. Our service last about an hour. Our worship team will deliver a high impact worship set followed by a message with relatable and powerful Biblical teaching.
Join the 9:39 Worship Team
Thank you for your interest in joining our 9:39 Worship Team! We are constantly seeking to expand our team vocally and instrumentally. Please fill out our simple questionnaire and we will reach out to you shortly. If you have any questions please contact Ryan Shafer- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the 9:39 Production Team
Thank you for your interest in joining our 9:39 Production Team! Are you good with designing graphics, working with computers, or open to learning how production works? If so, then we have a place for you! Training is offered if you have no experience. Please fill out our simple questionnaire and we will reach out to you shortly. If you have any questions please contact Ryan Shafer- email@example.com.
Meet the Staff
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If you have questions or wish to learn more about the opportunities in the music ministry, please contact our Music Minister for Traditional Worship,
Steve Sheppard, by phone: 770-963-2944 x227 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and our Contemporary Worship Coordinator, Ryan Shafer, at email@example.com.