Celebrations of Music
We believe that music in the hands of gifted musicians can have a powerful impact for God. The music we provide has integrity, being careful to present messages that are truthful and provide focus for the message to be presented.
Our music ministry includes four distinct types of ensembles. The St. Andrew Singers is an adult choral group consisting of approximately 25 voices. The readers of the Sonoma Valley Sun newspaper have voted the St. Andrew Singers the “Best Church Choir” in Sonoma Valley for the past two years. They regularly assist in the Sunday morning services. We also have an outstanding handbell choir, The Festival Bells. They assist on a monthly basis with the worship services. The Praise Team is a group of musicians who regularly lead our services. The Praise Team consists of keyboard, guitars, bass, rhythm and vocalists. Special Soloists and Ensembles are frequently used in all of our services.
If you would like more information on performing and connection through Worship Arts, please contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or [email protected].
St. Andrew Singers
The St. Andrew Singers are the backbone of a very exciting and dynamic ministry of music. Comprised of adult and youth singers, the St. Andrew Singers are responsible for leading worship three times a month at both services.
The ability to read music, play an instrument or sing at sight are NOT required or expected. The willingness to learn to be a better musician and singer, and the desire to contribute to worship IS required and expected. The St. Andrew Singers rehearse every Thursday night (September – June) from 7:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The St. Andrew Singers typically perform two concerts per year: The Christmas Concert for La Luz and the Spring Concert.
One of the most exciting offerings at St. Andrew is the musical leadership of our Praise Team. We utilize, but are not limited to, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums and singers. The Praise Team is responsible for leading congregational singing approximately twice per month during the worship services.
The ability to play a musical instrument or sing (or both) is essential to the Praise Team. So too is the attitude of servant leadership. There are no “stars” on the Praise Team. The sole purpose is to inspire the congregation in singing and worshiping God.
St. Andrew is lucky to have a fine tradition in handbell choirs. We now own 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Schulmerich hand chimes. The Festival Bells are an auditioned group of advanced handbell ringers. The group has represented St. Andrew at several events throughout the Sonoma Valley. Membership is by invitation of the director. The group rehearses every Wednesday night (September through June) from 7:15 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The group typically plays in worship once a month and performs two concerts per year.
St. Andrew finds that the gospel message is often beautifully expressed through the dramatic arts. We use both purchased and original scripts to bring illumination to the message brought by the preacher in worship.
- There is room on the Drama Team for persons of all ages and with all levels of ability and experience. While previous experience is wonderful, more important is the willingness to risk and to learn.
- The head of the Drama Team is responsible for the selection of scripts, the appointment of directors and often, the selection of the actors for a particular script.
Our drama ministry seeks to engage people in looking for the answers God has provided to their questions and needs in life. We believe that good drama can be an effective tool for getting people to focus on the crucial issues in life, portraying common issues and struggles with power and immediacy. Our drama team consists of dedicated actors and directors. We use scripts from outside sources and sometimes write our own.
For more information on the above group, please contact the church office at 707-996-6024 or [email protected].
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
16290 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476