Music Ministries

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Our Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at the First United Methodist Church of Palatine offers exciting opportunities of service through musical arts for ages ranging from pre-kindergarten through adults. The purpose of the Music Ministry is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and song, encourage believers in their walk with Christ, lead the congregation in worship and provide an avenue through which individuals may share their gifts and be an integral part of the worship experience.

Music is an offering to the Glory of God, and through music, we seek to create beauty and inspiration in worship. Music is also an effective tool in the teaching of the Christian faith and the scriptures. All of our musical groups welcome new members, are voluntary, and everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of experience. There are no auditions for membership, and the only qualification is a true desire to be of service to God and the Church.

Whether you are a professional musician or just love music, we believe there is a place for you to serve. Please take a moment to review the many programs we have to offer and prayerfully consider what God would have you do with the musical gift He has given you.


“Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”

— From John Wesley’s Directions for Singing, 1761

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Chancel Choir

Meets on Thursday's @ 7:30pm

  • Who are they? The Chancel Choir is an all-volunteer group which works with the pastor and the Director of Music Ministries, Michael Grippo, to provide music for the various services held at the church.
  • What do they do? The primary job of the choir is to provide music during church services but this only tells part of the story:
  • Special services such as Christmas, Easter, and the Maundy Thursday service get extra attention.
  • How can I Become a Member? Anyone who would like to become a member of the choir may do so simply by showing up to rehearsal.
  • Do I have to audition?  All you need is a love of music and a passion for singing.
  • Do I have to be a trained musician? No musical training is required.
  • What are rehearsals like? Warm-ups start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings. We practice upcoming music in an atmosphere that is fun and laid back. We allow time for announcements and share prayer concerns. Rehearsals end at 9:00 with a prayer. In addition, the choir gets together about 30 minutes before Sunday services to review the music for the service. Generally the choir practices from late August through early June.
  • When does Chancel Choir sing? At the 9:30 a.m. service. We also sing at special services such as Holy Week and Christmas Eve and present a Christmas Cantata each year.
  • Whom do I contact if I have more questions? Director of Music Ministries Michael Grippo –
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