At Buford First, we recognize that music is an essential part of our church and of our worship services. Through this ministry, people of all ages and abilities serve joyfully in our many music ensembles.
Whether you’re interested in choirs, handbells and chimes, or drama and worship arts, there is a place for you here. Our rehearsals are fun and challenging, provide fellowship with other church members, and are firmly grounded in Christian faith.
Come and see for yourself! For more information, contact Mark Ridings, our Director of Music and the Arts, at Music@bufordfirstumc.org.
The Chancel Choir is the foundation of our music ministry. This choir shares music weekly during our worship services and also performs at other church activities and community events throughout the year. All styles of music are used to bring honor and glory to God. A Lessons and Carols service and Holy Week presentation are typical highlights of our year.
Singers from the Chancel Choir also form two smaller ensembles. The Ladies’ Ensemble and Men’s Vocal Ensemble both sing monthly at the 8:45 service.
Rehearsals for the Chancel Choir are Wednesday evenings (year round), 7:00 to 8:30 pm. New members are always welcome, so please join us if you’re interested! For more information, please contact Mark Ridings Music@bufordfirstumc.org.
The Chancel Ringers is a group of adult handbell ringers that is dedicated, motivated and always striving to reach the next level. We perform in worship on a monthly basis and always work toward a performance tour in the spring of each year.
Rehearsals for Chancel Ringers are Sunday evenings (Labor Day to Memorial Day), 6:30 to 7:30 pm. For more information contact Mark Ridings Music@bufordfirstumc.org.
The Youth Choir sing a wide variety of musical literature ranging from traditional choral anthems to contemporary praise and worship songs. The youth provide all the music during a Youth Worship Service on Sunday morning once a year. The youth choir plans to attend the bi-annual Atlanta Choristers Guild Youth Choir Festival, and also plans go on a Youth Choir Tour each summer.
Rehearsals for the Youth Choir are Sunday afternoons (during the school year), 4:30 to 5:15 pm. New youth members are always welcome, so join us anytime or contact Mark Ridings Music@bufordfirstumc.org for more information.
The Youth Bells ensemble is available to youth in 6th through 12th grades. This program is great for beginning ringers or as a continuation of the tone chime program. Introductory ringing techniques, music literacy and performance skills are all important to this ministry.
Rehearsals for the Youth Bells are Wednesday evenings (during the school year), 6:00 to 6:45 pm. For more information contact Louise Nauman DLAAdisney@bellsouth.net.
The Tone Chimes ensemble is available to children in 3rd through 5th grades. Ringing technique and musical literacy are strong components of the program. The Tone Chimes participate in worship and have performed in concerts outside the church.
Rehearsals for the Tone Chimes are Sunday afternoons (during the school year), 4:30 to 5:15 pm. For more information, contact Gary Lenz firstname.lastname@example.org.
G.L.O.W. Children’s Choir
The three G.L.O.W. Children’s Choirs will occasionally sing at our worship services and are very important to our worship experience at Buford First. The core values of our “Growing in Grace” curriculum are faith, worship, music education, ministry, and Jesus is Lord. We also make sure that the children learn and experience how much fun music ministry can be.
Rehearsals for the G.L.O.W. Choirs are Sunday evenings (during the school year), 5:30 to 6:30 pm, during our G.L.O.W. Music and Education program. For more information, contact Mark Ridings Music@bufordfirstumc.org.
The Family Choir sings twice a month at the 8:45 service. They gather at 8:15 on the second and fourth Sunday mornings of each month to learn the anthem for that day. Their repertoire consists primarily of old-fashioned hymns from the United Methodist and Cokesbury Hymnals.
This group is for ANYONE from the very young to the young at heart! All voices are welcome. Whether you already sing in the choir and would like a chance to sit with your kids/spouse during worship or if you’re looking for someone to sit with, the Family Choir would love to have you. And, if you attend the 8:45 service but have always wanted to sing in church, here’s your chance to bring the whole family!
BFUMC Registration Forms
To participate in some of our programs or events, you may need to fill out one of the forms available for download here. If you have any questions, you can contact Mark Ridings at Music@bufordfirstumc.org.
1. Download >> Youth Program Registration Form
2. Download >> Children Program Registration Form
3. Download >> Adult Participant and/or Volunteer Registration Form
All children and youth participating in music ministry should have a signed media and medical release form on file. If the church does not have one on file, you can download one here and return it to the church.
4. Download >> Media & Medical Release Form