Music & Arts

Music & Arts

Music & Arts

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. ~Psalm 98:4-6

The Arcola Music Ministry brings forth that joyful noise to praise our living God. We praise God with voice and instruments, at any age! All are invited to actively participate in the Music of Arcola Church. For more information, click on a group below that you may be interested in, or contact the Minister of Worship & Arts, Tianna Durbin.

Children & Youth

Celebration Choir - Grades K-5

The children’s choir sings for worship throughout the year and also participates in seasonal plays, musicals, dramas, etc. Our goal for the children’s choir is to emphasize the importance of children leading in worship and to praise God through song. Rehearsals are in person this fall, Sundays from 10-10:45am in the Choir Room, with masking required.

Contact Jennifer Roberts

Youth Praise Team

If you play guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drum-set or like to sing lead vocals, this group is for you! The Youth Praise Team will rehearse in person on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15pm, with masks required.

Email Tianna Durbin

Choir & Praise Band

Arcola Joyful Noise Praise Band

Joyful Noise is a praise and worship band that utilizes a variety of instrumentation and styles, to include; contemporary praise, blues, country, pop, and folk. Joyful Noise welcomes all adults and older youth to join in the fun of creating exciting music for the 9am in-person and livestream worship! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm in the Great Room. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

Alleluia Choir

The Arcola Alleluia Choir supports the 11am worship service each week as well as Christmas Eve and Easter Worship. We welcome adults of all ages in addition to older youth. We occasionally sing in the surrounding community during the Christmas season and in the spring. Rehearsals are on Thursdays 7-8:30pm. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

Elevation Dance

Worship God Through Dance!

Elevation Dance Ensemble praises God through movement, bringing the dancers and all who witness our craft closer to knowing and loving God. "Let them praise His name with dancing, making melody to Him with tambourine and lyre!" (Psalm 149:3). The Elevation Dance Ensemble will lift God up through choreographed and improvised movement in worship services and special events throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining the Elevation Dance Ensemble, we ask that:

  • you have a love of God to lift Him up through dancing
  • you are ages 9+, with a young heart for sharing your gift of dance with others
  • you have some dance training, a minimum of knowledge in ballet, lyrical, or jazz
  • you are open to sharing your love of dance in worship

Our rehearsals will be both in person and virtual, on Thursdays 5-6pm in Ruth Hall, with masks required. Please email Jennifer Worthington or Tianna Durbin for more information and to be a part of this exciting addition to our Worship & Arts Ministry!

Email Jennifer Worthington


Faith Ringers

The Faith Ringers are a beginning to intermediate handbell choir for those who want to learn the basics of ringing. This group is open for high schoolers to adults. Rehearsals are in person on Sundays from 12:15 - 1:15pm. Faith Ringers support worship services once per month and also occasional special services such as Christmas and Easter. Email Jennifer Roberts, Chair of Music Ministries, to sign up or for more information.

Grace Notes Ringers

The Grace Notes Ringers is a handbell choir for those who are experienced ringers. Rehearsals are on Thursdays 5:45-7pm in the Handbell Room. Grace Note Ringers support all worship services and also take their bells on the road for many community events during the Christmas and Spring seasons. There are also opportunities for experienced ringers to ring in small groups or to ring as a soloist. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

Junior Handbell Choir

A new chance for our younger community members to praise God through music! Our Junior Handbell Choir for 4th-8th graders begins rehearsing September 9th. No ringing experience required, and you'll perform one Sunday per month in worship. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 5-5:45pm. Contact Jennifer Roberts to sign up.

HeART & Soul

Under the leadership of Keri Goodfriend and Bev Sharrard, our HeART & Soul events focus on reviving the soul through visual arts, like painting and meditation, or watercolor arts classes. This team also creates gorgeous paintings and banners for worship. If you are interested in knowing more about these events or in volunteering for this arts ministry, email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts.

Email Tianna Durbin

Pub Theology & More

Pub Theology

Join us on the 4th Monday of each month for some fun music provided by our Worship & Arts teams followed by hearty discussions centered around theology. During this season of Covid, we will begin October virtually, with the intent to be hosted by a local pub/brewery in the near future. Pub Theology will resume on Monday, October 25 at 7pm. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

Soloists & Ensembles

If you play an instrument and would like to be included in solo opportunities, or small ensembles, we would like to know! Ensembles are perfect for Christmas Eve and Easter Worship and Choral Anthems sometimes include small ensembles and solo instruments too! Soloists will be included on a rotational basis and as schedules permit. At least one rehearsal with the Music Director and an accompanist (if needed) will occur prior to playing an instrument for worship. Don’t be shy! Do consider contributing your musical talent with the Arcola Community. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

AV Team

We have an active AV Team that supports weekly music rehearsals as well as Sunday worship. If you have experience in sound, lighting, livestreaming, or videography, we would welcome more volunteers! To sign up for this team, email Chris Durbin, chair of AV. 

Arcola Church Music Channel
YouTube channel from our AV Chair Chris Durbin, hosting the musical acts of worship of Arcola Church, including band, choir, and hand bells.

Summer in the Arts

Arcola’s Summer in the Arts camp is a place for rising 3rd grade through 10th graders to explore and refine various art forms. This camp offers a variety of large group performing arts, including singing, drama, percussion, and hands-on instrument practice. Small group classes also allow students to learn or refine a skill, such as painting, drawing, dance, sound engineering, guitar & ukulele, acting, show choir, and much more! An important aspect to this camp is its focus on the community—a place where all students in the community can come and be immersed in the arts. The camp is offered each summer during the 4th week of July.

Contact Tianna Durbin