Music Ministry is the foundation of worship at FIRST. Under the direction of Rev. Steve Phillips, Minister of Music, the various choirs and orchestra seek to glorify God, unify the body of Christ, and magnify the message of salvation through music. Community is an integral part of everything we do and we encourage an environment of joy and belonging. There are a variety of groups to get involved in covering all age groups. Whether you sing or play an instrument we invite you to join with us and use your gifts to worship the King of Kings.

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is a group of people 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 every Sunday morning for the Worship Service. In addition to Sunday mornings, the choir sings in several big productions throughout the year including the Carolina Celebration of Liberty and the Columbia Christmas Pageant. Throughout the history of FIRST, 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.

During this time Wednesday night practices are taking place in the sanctuary from 6:45 – 8:00 PM. You do not need a reservation to attend. Email if you have any questions.

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. The Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:45.

Choir & Orchestra 2022 Calendar

December 10 & 11 – 35th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant

FirstKids Choir is a part of Midweek @ First

In First Kids Choir we sing, dance, and play instruments! We hide the truths of God in our hearts through music and fun. Our Children sing in worship services and special events, including an annual full-scale musical production. Volunteers lead the choir 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.

Preschool Choir Showcase

Our Preschool Choir showcased many of the things that they have been learning on Wednesday nights at choir. See some photos from that showcase here:

Preschool Choir Showcase

FirstKids Musical

A huge part of FirstKids choir is preparing for the annual Musical. Each year the kids bring drama, story, and song to the big stage. The musical is a giant production with costumes, set pieces, and big dance numbers all focused around sharing the gospel. Embedded in each story and song are biblical truths that point to salvation in Jesus and every year the FirstKids choir loves to “break a leg” under the lights. It’s truly a fun evening for both kids and audience with joy that only a musical can provide.

(check out the Musical Photo Albums below)

FirstKids Musical 2022

FirstKids Musical 2019

Senior Adult Choir has resumed monthly rehearsals. If you are interested in finding out the schedule please call 803-343-8550.

Senior Adult Choir is a fun group of people that love the life stage they’re in and using their gifts to bring joy and love to others. This group enjoys traveling to local retirement communities, nursing homes, and Shealy’s when they can squeeze it in. Wherever they go, timeless hymns and melodies are sung back to life with the audience singing or clapping along. Senior Adult Choir is fun, worshipful, and loving others through music. We’d love to have you join us.

Starting September 7, Handbell Choir rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.
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.