Music and Drama Ministry

Let me shout God’s name with a praising song,
Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks. 

Psalm 69:30

Here at Valencia UMC, music and drama enhance our worship experience every week. There is a place for everyone to participate, from children to youth to adults. No prior training is required for most of the opportunities listed below, just a heart for praising God through music and drama.

Your participation in Valencia UMC’s music and drama ministries is welcome any time of the year! Please join in as we lift our voices in praise.

Scroll down for Children’s Music, Youth Music and Drama, Chancel Bells, Chancel Choir, Praise Band, Musicians, Drama Ministry, and Special Music Events.

Children’s Music

Children’s choirs meet from September through early June and sing in worship several times per year, for example, for the Advent Celebration, Christmas concert, Christmas Eve, Mother’s Day, Music Appreciation Sunday, and other times.

Littlest Angels Choir — 4 years through first grade

  • Rehearses Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 7
  • Directors, Joane Walvoord and Michelle Marks
  • Accompanist: Amber Kubasak

Sounds of Joy Choir — second through sixth grade

  • Rehearses Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room
  • Director: Sherry Klahs
  • Accompanist: John Fairbanks

Children’s Musical — second through sixth grade

  • Rehearsals are in the spring and the performance is usually on a Sunday afternoon in May
  • Director: Cyd Walker
  • Producer: Sherry Klahs
  • Accompanist: John Fairbanks

Youth Music and Drama

Fire in the Soul — for Junior and Senior High Youth

  • Rehearsals are Sundays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Director: Andrew Heath
  • Accompanist: John Fairbanks
  • Sing in worship several times per year, for example, for the Advent Celebration, Christmas concert, Christmas Eve, Mother’s Day, Music Appreciation Sunday, and other times
  • Occasionally prepare dramas for use in worship

Chancel BellsChancel Bells

  • Rehearse as needed on Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Choir Room
  • Director: Barbara Hauge
  • Participate in worship several times during the year

Chancel ChoirChancel Choir

  • Rehearses every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Director: Steven Applegate
  • Accompanist: Ann Moore
  • Sings weekly for the 9 a.m. worship and on other special occasions
  • Non-auditioned choir—everyone is welcome to join!
  • Chancel Choir enjoys fellowship at an annual retreat in October/November and a Christmas/holiday party
  • The choir also participates in local choral festivals such as the Festival of Worship  at the cathedral in downtown L.A., or at NACM festivals in Orange County, Long Beach, San Fernando Valley, etc.

Godwilling

  • Rehearses every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
  • Worship Leader: Lee Rugless
  • Leads contemporary praise music during the 10:30 a.m. worship and other special occasions
  • Substitute musicians are utilized frequently and are selected from a pool of auditioned applicants. To audition for Godwilling, please contact Lee Rugless.

Musicians

The 9 a.m. music ministry uses instrumentalists occasionally to accompany anthems or for other special worship music. If you play an instrument and would like to participate in worship, please contact Steven Applegate, Director of Music Ministries.

Drama Ministry

The drama ministry participates in worship several times a year. To sign up for the drama ministry, please contact Cyd Walker.