FIRST MUSIC MINISTRY

The FIRST Music Ministry is an important part of worship at First Baptist Columbia. Under the direction of Rev. Steve Phillips, Minister of Music, the various choirs and the orchestra seek to glorify God, encourage the Body of Christ and magnify the message of salvation through music and song.

First music offers opportunities for all age groups from preschoolers to senior adults. Whether you sing or play an instrument, we invite you to use your gifts for God’s glory and your pleasure!

For further information, call the music office at 803-343-8550 or email music@fbccola.com.

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First Baptist Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is a group of committed singers from all walks of life who join together for the purpose of giving glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Led by Rev. Steve Phillips, the choir sings regularly for Sunday morning services as well as special Sunday evening services.

In addition to Sunday mornings, the Sanctuary Choir sings in several special productions throughout the year including the Carolina Celebration of Liberty and the Columbia Christmas Pageant. The Sanctuary Choir has had the privilege to sing with Christian songwriters, Keith and Kristy Getty and on several occasions with the Billy Graham Team consisting of Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and John Innes.

Weekly rehearsals for the Sanctuary Choir are held every Wednesday night in the choir room from 6:45 – 8:00 PM.

For further information, call the music office at 803-343-8550 or email music@fbccola.com.

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Choir Calendar

 Choir Calendar 2017
 
Of course EVERY SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY!

Sunday, November 5- Lunch and Rehearsal

Sunday, November 12- Lunch and Rehearsal

Thursday, November 18- 6:30 pm  Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, November 19- Lunch and Rehearsal

Monday, November 20- 6:30 pm Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, November 26- 6:30 pm Part Rehearsals

Monday, November 27- 6:30 pm  Pageant Rehearsal

Thursday, November 30-6:30 pm Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, December 3- 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Monday, December 4- 6:30 Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 6- 6:30 pm Dress Rehearsal

December 8,9,10- Columbia Christmas Pageant

December 13, 20, 27 – NO Rehearsals

Student Ministries Choirs

High School

The High School choir meets for rehearsals in the Choir Room on Sundays at 4:15 PM during the school year.  They sing for worship services as well as other ministries in our area. The High School choir is led by Rev. Steve Phillips.

Middle School

Students in grades 6-8 should check out the Middle School Choir! This group sings in worship services and special events inside and outside the church, and this year will be featured in a major production. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 4:15 PM in the Third Floor Sanctuary. The Middle School choir is led by Keith Watson, Associate Minister of Music, Christian Music Educator, and father of a middle-schooler!

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First Kids Choir

What do we do in children’s choirs? We sing! We dance! We play instruments! We hide the truths of God in the hearts of children through music and fun. Our Children sing in worship services and special events–including an annual full-scale musical production.

 

Children’s choirs are led by volunteers under the direction of Keith Watson, a Christian music educator who has led children’s choir leadership conferences for numerous state conventions, associations, school districts, and churches. In addition, he has written children’s choir materials for publications produced by LifeWay and Growing in Grace.

 

Choirs are offered for children from age 3 through 5th grade on Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 6:40 PM from August through April. Parents can register their children by calling 803-343-8550 or through the online form below.

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SENIOR ADULT CHOIR

The Senior Adult Choir, led by Keith Watson, tours throughout the year! This group of seniors ministers in 8 to 10 senior adult facilities each semester and eats great food along the way.

The Senior Adult Choir meets Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM in the choir room.

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HANDBELL CHOIR

The Handbell Choir provides instrumental music for worship services and special events in the church and Columbia community. The director, Betty Myers, welcomes new ringers who have a basic ability to read music—with or without handbell experience.
The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 5:50 to 6:35 PM.

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Orchestra

The Orchestra plays for Sunday morning worship services as well as for special events such as the Columbia Christmas Pageant and the Carolina Celebration of Liberty. Also each summer, the Orchestra plays in a special concert featuring the Orchestra’s favorite songs. The Orchestra, led by Rev. Steve Phillips, rehearses on Wednesday nights at 6:00 in the choir room.

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Orchestra Calendar

Orchestra Calendar 2017

Of course EVERY SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY!

Sunday, November 19- Lunch and Rehearsal

Monday, November 20- 6:30 pm Pageant Rehearsal

Thursday, November 30- 6:30 pm Pageant Rehearsal

Sunday, December 3- Lunch and Rehearsal until 4:30 pm

Monday, December 4- 6:30 pm- Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 6-6:30 pm- Dress Rehearsal

December 8,9,10-  Columbia Christmas Pageant

December 13,20,27 – NO Rehearsals

The Power of the Cross CD
The “Power of the Cross” CD is a 15 song CD features First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra performing songs such as Our God, Yahweh, The Power of the Cross and more.  The album is also available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/power-of-the-cross/id572643092.
CD’s are $10 and are available in Higher Grounds or by calling 343-8550. Credit/Debit cards are accepted.

2017 marks the 30 year anniversary for the The Columbia Christmas Pageant

The Columbia Christmas Pageant is one of the premiere Christmas Celebrations in the South! This is the 30th year the pageant has become a Christmas Tradition for thousands who come from South Carolina as well as surrounding states. With state of the art lighting, including thousands of Christmas lights, glorious music, and a cast and crew of hundreds, the Columbia Christmas Pageant is something that you certainly don’t want to miss. The pageant is a South Carolina Christmas Tradition!

Dates: December 8th, 9th, and 10th

Location: First Baptist Church Columbia

Tickets: We offer free tickets, but you must have a ticket to enter.

Ways to get Tickets (Tickets will become available on November 6th)

1. Call our ticket office at 803-217-3250

2. Mail us a letter with a stamped envelope, a return address, and the amount of tickets as well as what time you would like to attend. (Mail to 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

3. Come pick up your tickets in person. Come to the Washington Street Parking Lot on the corner of Washington and Sumter. Enter into the building at the 4 white double doors. (Ticket Office Schedule – Monday – Thursday 9:00a – 3:00p, Fridays 9:00a – 12 Noon, Sundays Following the Worship Service)

4. Order your tickets online (Online tickets will be available on November 6th)

2017 was the 30 year anniversary for the Carolina Celebration of Liberty

The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is the longest running event of its kind in our state. It has been seen in person by well over 100,000 people and on television by untold thousands. From parades to indoor fireworks, the celebration is a flag waving patriotic extravaganza that recognizes and honors those who have fought to preserve our freedom as well as those who are presently serving.

The celebration was Governor Carroll Campbell’s official kick off for the welcome home week for Desert Storm. It has also been heralded and backed by Mayor Bob Coble for so many years. Special guests have included virtually every commanding general from Fort Jackson during these 30 years as well as officials from Shaw Air Force Base and our own state guard. Other special guests and supporters have included Congressman Floyd Spence, Congressman Joe Wilson, Governor Carroll Campbell, Governor Jim Hodges, Senator Strom Thurmond, Senator Tim Scott, Senator Lindsey Graham, Attorney General Alan Wilson and many other state and local elected officials.

Our veterans organizations are always very special guests and they are well represented by their commanders and other officers.

With the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist, the 282nd Army Victory Band, and a cast of hundreds you will thrill at the sights and sounds of America as we celebrate our freedom, our founding, and our future!

Joe Pinner has been with us for these past 29 years and he will again be with us to celebrate his 30th anniversary as master of Ceremonies!

Don’t miss South Carolina’s premiere patriotic event!

Dates: TBD

Location: First Baptist Church Columbia

Tickets: We offer free tickets, but you must have a ticket to enter.

Ways to get Tickets (Tickets will become available closer to the performance)

1. Call our ticket office at 803-217-3250

2. Mail us a letter with a stamped envelope, a return address, and the amount of tickets as well as what time you would like to attend. (Mail to 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201)

3. Come pick up your tickets in person. Come to the Washington Street Parking Lot on the corner of Washington and Sumter. Enter into the building at the 4 white double doors. (Ticket Office Schedule – Monday – Thursday 9:00a – 3:00p, Fridays 9:00a – 12 Noon, Sundays Following the Worship Service)

4. Order your tickets online (Online tickets will be available on June 5th)