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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.

Chancel Choir 

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.

Praise Band

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 the Church office at

Chancel Bells

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 most Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Singin’ and Swingin’ with the Kids!

Together with our music minister  and Colleen, two of our scholarship singers, we are excited to offer a special time of musical adventure for kids, with singing, drumming, bell ringing and movement. We meet Sundays beginning October, from 4-4:50 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Please enter from the Waugh Street doors furthest south. 

Scholarship Singers

Below is a link to the video of the Scholarship Singer's Reunion Concert on Aug.18 2018. Click here to see and hear the wonderful music.


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 Brenda Rice, our Creative Arts Director, as we explore ways to express praise through many art and worship journeys.
Follow us @ Creating Worship Art.


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. 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.