Children’s music at St. Mark’s is designed so that children will have fun, grow spiritually, and experience different styles of music. The children’s choirs make music of all kinds, including traditional children’s choral literature, Contemporary Christian music, global music, and the use of Orff instruments! The highlights of the spring season are the musicals that are presented on the closing evening of Wednesday Night Together (WNT). All vocal choirs rehearse from 6:15—7:15 p.m. The Carol Ringers rehearse from 4:30-5:15 p.m., just before WNT dinner.
G.R.A.C.E., meaning “God’s Redeeming Acts Cleansing Everyone,” is a dance and movement group led by Kelly Wiley and Alicia Hall that meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:45—6:15 p.m. in Room 304. Open to Grades 2-6, G.R.A.C.E. plays a wonderful creative role in occasional worship services through the year at St. Mark’s.
SONlight is the youth choir of St. Mark’s, and this group participates monthly in Sunday morning worship and in additional special worship experiences throughout the year. SONlight goes on an annual choir tour, and previous tours have taken them to Charleston, SC, St. Louis, MO, Dallas, TX, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and Cincinnati, OH. On these trips, they spread the light of Christ through their witness in song and service. Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Choir Room (1119).
The Chancel Ringers, St. Mark’s adult handbell ensemble, rehearses on Sunday evenings from 4:50 to 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room (1117). Throughout the year, the Chancel Ringers perform regularly in worship and also participate in numerous festivals and workshops, including the Murfreesboro Area Epiphany Ring, the Chattanooga Area Handbell Festival, and the Middle Tennessee Handbell Festival and Workshop. This ensemble has also performed with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and at other local churches throughout Middle Tennessee.
One of the most committed groups in the church, the Chancel Choir rehearses weekly, and you can even choose the rehearsal time that works best for you: either Wednesdays from 7:15—8:45 p.m. or Sundays from 6:00—7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room (1119). Some of the highlights of the year include special services with instrumental groups on various holidays, the Advent/Christmas season, and various Lent/Easter services. The choir performs various types of choral literature, from classic to contemporary, and has performed such works as The Messiah by G. F. Handel, Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. However, don’t let the repertoire list overwhelm you! No audition is necessary for this group. We seek to provide an atmosphere where we can grow spiritually through joy, laughter, and fellowship!
We at St. Mark’s are fortunate to be a spiritual home to four talented men, Steve Dix, Sean Gilliland, Al Hollins, and Tim Tackett, who together sing in a men’s Southern Gospel quartet called the Marksmen. They sing regularly in worship and participate in events in the greater Murfreesboro community.
The perfect compliment to the Marksmen is The Dots, comprised of members Kathy Edwards, Robbie Hooper, and Rev. Martha Touchton. The Dots is a women’s trio that performs at various church events, worship services, and events throughout Murfreesboro and the Tennessee Conference. Their unique chemistry and wit allows them to sing a wide range of literature in a variety of settings!
To participate further or join an ensemble….
We LOVE to feature the talent that we have been blessed with in our community. Many members and non-members often share their gifts in worship, and we encourage you to share your gifts with us! It makes worship a beautiful thing to know that we are giving our time and commitment by offering the creative gift of music to God in the presence of such a loving community.
If you would like to join any of our groups or offer your talents through special solo or ensemble musical offerings throughout the year, please contact the church office at (615) 893-3455. Visitors and new members are always welcome!
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
It is the intent of the St. Mark’s community to provide an opportunity for ministry whenever possible, however severe weather may prevent this.
Our church policy is as follows: We understand that weather and road conditions may improve later in the day, but if the Murfreesboro City Schools are closed, all Wednesday night programming is cancelled. During other times of the week, for those who are able to get here safely, meetings and programs will be held at the discretion of the chairperson or group leader.
The church office will be open if possible, though it may not be fully staffed for its’ regular hours. Staff members will be available via e-mail.
In the event of a significant amount of ice or snow on a weekend, early service and Sunday school will be canceled. For those who are able to get here safely, we will have worship in the Sanctuary at 11:00. Our website and Facebook page will give you the updated information. In addition, the staff of the church will communicate with their respective groups and classes via email, text, social media, or phone. Please check your communication devices for the latest update and information.