Music

 Drew Willson Concert, September 14 Join us for an entertaining evening of original songs and stories with local songwriter Drew Willson. Featuring Richmond-based musicians and friends Jim Bennett (St. John’s and Richmond Hill) on piano and Kevin Davis (Ban Caribe) on percussion. For ten years, Drew Willson has been a minister in the United Methodist Church. He’s currently serving at Trinity in the West End. For much longer, Drew has been a musician. From places like the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Atlanta; Georgia and Iona, Scotland; he has followed the muse to write and wrestle with all he has seen. Songwriting is the place where it all comes together. Despite his day job, Drew tends to surprise listeners with the content of his songs. People, places, and humor abound without a lot of church talk. To quote a recent first-time concert-goer in Fluvanna, “I figured this was going to be religious music, but it was great!” Drew replied, “You know, I want to keep this interesting for myself, too!” In the spring of 2018, Drew worked with Jim and Kevin to record and release a new album entitled Ritual Matters, the follow-up to Drew’s 2016 debut Inviting Storms to Town. Drew lives in Richmond with his wife, writer Shea Tuttle, and their two children. You can learn more at his website.

Who are the people of St. John’s Church Music Ministry?  You’ve seen and heard some of them singing as part of the choir or cantoring a psalm. Some you’ve heard playing a flute, trombone, tuba, clarinet, organ, piano, or percussion instrument. But the music ministry is also you. Yes, you! 

Perhaps you once sang in the choir as a child or in college. Maybe you played in the concert, jazz, or pep band. Or it’s possible you once played (or still do play) professionally. This is an invitation to you.  Come sing with us (or dust off that ukulele).

If you have an interest in this, or want more information, please be in touch with Minister of Music Jim Bennett. 

During the summer months, the choir meets at 9am in the sanctuary to practice the service music and one simple anthem for that Sunday. The 10am summer service finishes at about 11:15am.

The choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service from September through May and at the 11:00 p.m. service Christmas Eve. Choir practice is at 7:00 p.m. Thursdays in the Parish House, 2319 E. Broad St. Choir practice resumes Thursday September 6.  All are welcome and encouraged to join the choir.

The Adam Stein organ was built in 1905 and restored in 1983.

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