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 Him 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's ChoirYouth Choir and BandJoyful NoiseAlleluia ChoirheART & SoulPub TheologyHandbellsElevation Dance EnsembleSoloists & EnsemblesSummer in the Arts CampsArcola Church Music Channel

Celebration Choir - Grades K-5

This choir is for children 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. During this season of COVID, rehearsals will occur virtually on Sundays from 11:45-12:15PM. Once we return to church, rehearsal will occur in between worship services. Contact Jennifer Roberts for more information. 

Youth Choir - Grades 6-12

Youth are invited to sing a variety of music to include contemporary praise and spirituals. The Youth Choir will contribute to worship regularly throughout the season (October-May) to include Christmas Eve and Easter. Rehearsals for this season of COVID will occur in small groups on Wednesday afternoons and also on Zoom. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

Youth Praise Team - Grades 6-12

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 during this time of COVID will rehearse in small groups on Wednesdays and also on Zoom. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

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 8:30am 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 livestream 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. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

heART & Soul

heart & Soul is the newest Worship & Arts Ministries endeavor! Under the leadership of Keri Goodfriend and Bev Sharrard, art events are scheduled that focus on reviving the soul through visual arts. This is also the team that creates worship visuals. If you are interested in knowing more about these events or in volunteering for this arts ministry, email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts.


The Faith Ringers is a beginning handbell choir for those who are learning the basics of ringing. This group is open to 6th graders to adults. Rehearsals are in person on Sundays from 1:15-2:15pm. 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.

The Grace Notes Ringers is a handbell choir for those who are experienced ringers. For this season of COVID, we will rehearse an in-person group on Thursdays in addition to a virtual group on Monday evenings. 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.

Elevation Dance Ensemble

The purpose of the Elevation Dance Ensemble is to praise 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, if necessary, and all CDC and Virginia health guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing will be maintained for in-person rehearsals and worship services. Please email Jennifer Worthington or Tianna Durbin for more information and to be a part of this exciting addition to our Worship & Arts Ministry!

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 September in a virtual platform, with the intent to be hosted by a local pub/brewery in the near future. The first Monday for Pub Theology will be Monday, September 28th at 7:00PM. Email Tianna Durbin, Minister of Worship & Arts, to sign up or for more information.

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.

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.

Summer in the Arts Camps

Mission Statement

Arcola’s Summer in the Arts camp is a place for children and youth who are rising 3rd grade through 10th grade to explore and refine various art forms. This camp offers a variety of large group performing arts to include: singing, drama, percussion, and hands-on practice with various instruments. Classes in visual arts such as drawing and painting are also offered. The camp offers small group instruction so that students can learn a new skill or refine a skill. Examples of classes include, dance, sound engineering, guitar & Ukulele, acting classes, show choir, and much more! An important aspect to this camp is its focus on the surrounding 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.

Exploring the Arts Day Camp for Rising 3rd-6th Grade (9am-4pm)
This camp is exploratory in nature in which students will be exposed to a variety of hands-on art forms for the purpose of finding the art forms they may be interested in refining for themselves. We believe exploring the arts at this age level is critical to the success of refining in later years. We also believe that everyone can excel in the arts!

Musical Drama Day Camp for Rising 7th-10th Grade (9am-4pm)
This youth camp will focus on drama and performing through script and music. 

Summer in the Arts Camp for Adults (6-8pm)
Our newest camp for adults who have always wanted to become more artistic through art, singing, or learning to play an instrument. Class offerings include art, beginning/intermediate guitar, Everyone Can Sing, Basic Music Theory, The History of Music in the Church, and more! Class times are held in the evenings to accommodate daytime work schedules. The camp will be held on July 26-30, 2021.