God is the strength of my heart ...
and my portion forever.
Here are some questions and answers that we get asked a lot.
1. Do I have to be a member of Essex Alliance to be a part of the team?
(includes choir, band, drama, dance team)
Simple answer: no.
Longer answer: while membership is not required, you might want to think about it from this perspective - it is a big commitment to serve in this area of ministry. We ask for a lot of your time (multiple services, regular rehearsals, extra rehearsals for special events, etc.) which might tend to get a little irritating if you are not at a point where you can make and keep that kind of commitment. So, maybe the better question might be: Is this going to require a significant commitment on my part? The answer to that one is - yes. Un-apologetically.
Is it a commitment that is worth making? Without a doubt. But you have to be the one that makes that call. If you are "called" to this area of ministry, then the commitment level will not feel like a burden. It will be a joyful experience.
2. Do I need to be able to read music to be in the choir or the band?
It definitely helps. If you are not able to read music, you will probably need to spend more time on your own learning the music. We pass out rehearsal CD's for you to listen to. You might want to bring a small recorder with you to capture what goes on during rehearsals.
3. If I join the choir, do I have to sing at all the services?
We have to answer that one by saying yes - you get to sing for all three services. (The choir sings at the Old Stage campus only.) The choir sings about two Sundays per month on average, specified in a calendar/schedule that is put together and passed out at the beginning of each season. Most people find it to be quite fulfilling and energizing to see how each service responds differently and uniquely in worship.
4. Does the choir really memorize everything that they sing?
Yes. We try hard to get it all memorized. The benefit is being able to truly lead in worship as you sing. Memorizing the words and the music helps us sing out with more confidence. Rehearsals are planned in such as way to allow for several weeks of preparation for each and every song that we sing.
5. What does this audition/interview with Pastor Ron look like? That kind of scares me.
Pastor Ron is a scary, intimidating guy. We figure if you can get through that without choking, then you'll be ready to adequately lead worship! Just kidding. Relax. It is meant to give us a feel for your voice, what part you might sing, how well you read music, answer any questions that you might have, and basically just get to know you a little before you get thrown into the fire. Just kidding again - about the fire thing. Don't worry. It really is meant to be a relaxed time. You will be asked to sing a song or two. No need to come with anything prepared, although you are welcome to do that, if you'd like. If you're interested in the choir, Peggy Town, our choir director, will join Pastor Ron. If it's for the dance team, Nina and/or Sarah will meet with you. If it's for one of the other teams, one of the other leaders will be there. (They're all not nearly as scary as Pastor Ron!)
If you have other questions that we haven't answered here, please e-mail Pastor Ron. He doesn't bite!
If you're ready to jump in, click here for choir.