Music & Worship

Music Ministries

SING JOYFULLY TO THE LORD, YOU RIGHTEOUS; IT IS FITTING FOR THE UPRIGHT TO PRAISE HIM. PRAISE THE LORD WITH THE HARP; MAKE MUSIC TO HIM ON THE TEN-STRINGED LYRE. SING TO HIM A NEW SONG; PLAY SKILLFULLY, AND SHOUT FOR JOY. PSALM 33:1-3 (NIV)

God created us in His image and desires our worship. Worship is one of the many ways that we show God our love, adoration, honor, and praise. Music and creative arts are some of the ways that we worship at Auburn UMC. Whether you are musically talented and thinking of joining a choir, or just enjoy the excellent music on Sunday mornings, we can all be involved in the music ministries of Auburn UMC!

Music Ensembles

Our choir membership is composed of all ages and skill levels with one common unity of spirit; that of proclaiming the joy of the Christian life through music. We’d love to have you join one of our choirs. Most of our choirs require no auditions. All our choirs perform a wide diversity of musical styles. Besides making great music together, you’ll discover a true sense of family within our choir membership. Please consider enriching your life by becoming active in one of our choirs here at Auburn UMC. For more information, please contact our Director of Music Ministries, Joey Wilkinson, at 334-826-8800 or via e-mail at joeyw@aumc.net. We look forward to welcoming you into our musical family at Auburn UMC.

Adult Choirs

Chancel Choir

As the largest musical group at Auburn UMC, consisting of numerous volunteer members from all walks of life, the Chancel Choir leads worship each Sunday for the 11:00am service and presents three major performances each year. The ability to read musical scores is desired, but lessons can be provided to develop this skill. The Chancel Choir practices Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Choir Room.

Jubilate Singers

This select ensemble of approximately 16 singers performs a wide range of choral literature and normally sings one Sunday per month, often for the 8:00 or 9:30am traditional services. This choir is by vocal placement selection and practices on Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm in the Choir Room.

To learn more about adult choirs at Auburn UMC, please contact our Director of Music Ministries Joey Wilkinson at 334-826-8800 or joeyw@aumc.net.

Handbell Ensembles

The Handbell program is a unique part of the Music Ministry at Auburn United Methodist Church. We have groups for ringers of all ages and open positions are always available. Email Emily Bigler for more information about the Handbell Ministries at Auburn UMC. No prior music knowledge is necessary!


Joyful Chimes for 1st-3rd graders

In interactive ways, children are taught rhythms, reading music, listening skills, and other related skills. Using hand chimes, children provide special music for worship services throughout the year. We meet every Sunday during the school year.


Joyful Ringers for 4th-6th graders

This group has been in existence for over 20 years and continues to use handbells to learn new techniques. Children have fun in rehearsals learning how to help lead the congregation worship time and preparing for the annual Bell Festival (Road Trip). We meet Sunday evenings during the school year.


Genuine Bells for 7th-12th graders

The Genuine Bells is one of our most outstanding handbell groups. They perform for our worship services and many community events. We meet on Sunday afternoons during the school year.


University Ringers for College Students and Adults

Made up of mostly Auburn University students, this group has a great talent for making music. The repertoire practiced by this group explores different musical genres for both secular and non-secular ringing.


Village Bells for College Students and Adults

This was the original Auburn UMC Handbell Choir, formed over 25 years ago in cooperation with the Auburn Music Club, made up of members of our church and community. This group performs in many different venues and is ready to carry the message of Christ to the community.


Bell Ensemble for Adults

The Bell Ensemble started as a small group of 5 players ringing 3 octaves of handbells and has grown to 5 octaves of handbells and 5 octaves of hand chimes. This bell group, as well as other parts of the bell program, allow people of all ages to use their talents in unique ways to bring joy to many people.

Children's Choir

Children’s Choir and handbells will give your kids a great musical experience of expressing their love for the Lord through their voice and bells! They will learn musical concepts centered around vocal abilities and movement, while also learning the incredible idea that God gave us these great abilities to praise Him.

Children will be split into two age groups. Each group will spend  30 minutes in choir and 30 minutes in handbells.

  • Group 1: 4 yr olds(before 9/1/2024) – 2nd Grade
  • Group 2: 3rd Grade – 6th Grade

Choir and handbells will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 during the school year.  The 2024-2025 session begins on August 14.

CLICK HERE to register 

 

Worship Ministries

Worship is so much more than our music. There are many ways to participate in the worshipping life of Auburn UMC.

Acolytes

Acolytes are a select group of children in grades 5th-8th who desire to serve their church by assisting the ministers in worship.  At Auburn UMC, our acolyte program provides Christian education as well as an opportunity for service to the church, stimulation for possible church-related occupations later on, and the opportunity for pastor and youth to relate to each other. It is an ideal vehicle for the faith development of our youth and a good opportunity to positively affect the lives of these children during their most impressionable years. Finally, the acolyte program gives dignity and meaning to the service of worship and inspires our young people to dedicate their lives to the service of Christ and the Church. Students entering 5th and 6th grade are eligible to begin serving.


Acolyte Scheduling-At Auburn UMC Acolytes serve on a rotating schedule. Depending on how many acolytes are in the program each acolyte will serve 3-4 times per schedule. For new Acolytes in the fall, there will be a brief practice time on Thursday afternoons, usually at 5:00pm, before a child acolytes at a Sunday service.

Altar Flowers

Families have the opportunity to donate flowers for the Sanctuary or Chapel for our weekly worship services.

For more information, click here Altar Flowers or call Katharine Manley at (334) 826-8800, ext. 222.

Weddings

Auburn UMC is a very popular wedding venue for members and non-members because of the beauty and history of our Sanctuary and Founders Chapel.

For more information, please call Katharine Manley at (334) 826-8800.


Click here to download the Wedding Handbook

Click here to download the Wedding Application

Click here to view pictures of Sanctuary and Chapel

Music and Worship Team

Joey Wilkinson

Director of Music Ministries

Emily Bigler

Handbell Director