Music & Arts
We have a wide array of musical opportunities for our congregation that stem from our belief in the importance of music in the praise and worship of our God.
Each week during the 11 a.m. Traditional service, the Chancel Choir sings their praises, prayers and petitions to God. This group is made up of individuals ranging from college students to retirees and practices once a week on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The Praise Band, featuring electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, electric drums and vocalists, plays on Sundays for the 9:15 a.m. Awakening service. If you are interested in joining Praise Band, contact Alex Bennett at
The Chancel Bells assist in worship several times a month and is made up of ringers with various levels of experience. Music reading is not required, though it is helpful. The group rehearses Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Psalm Players is made up of instrumentalists that love to play – some are professionals, some are just beginning and others may not have played in twenty years. They rehearse Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and share their gifts each second Sunday of the month in the 11:15 a.m. Traditional worship service.
Youth, grades 6-12 share their musical talents by singing in worship regularly. Rehearsals take place Sundays 4-5 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Singin’ and Swingin’ with the Kids!
Together with Ed and Colleen, two of our scholarship singers, Bria Jones and Topher Otaka, are excited to offer a special time of musical adventure for kids, with singing, drumming, bell ringing and movement. We meet Sundays beginning October 2, from 4-4:50 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Please enter from the Waugh Street doors furthest south. We will meet each Sunday in October except the 30th, which is Afternoon at the Farm. Let Ed know if you need help with transportation.
First Baptist Church is intentional in developing services that help our congregation experience God in new ways. We seek to revitalize worship by enhancing liturgical worship themes and incorporating visual artistic creations such as colors, fabrics, symbols, banners and plants.
Worship Arts Blog
Follow Ed Rollins, our associate pastor for music and administration, as he explores ways to express praise through his many art and worship journeys. Follow Creating Worship Art.
EVENTS & AFFLIATIONS
Odyssey Chamber Music
The Odyssey Chamber Music Series consists of six to seven concerts a year that focus on classical chamber music with an emphasis on highlighting different styles and genres.
The series premiered in 2004 as an outreach of First Baptist Church of Columbia. Ed Rollins, our associate pastor for music and administration, teamed up with Ayako Tsuruta, artistic director for Odyssey, to create the series with the mission of glorifying God while developing community through the arts.
Find out more on the Odyssey Chamber Music Series website.