Music Ministry

At St. Simon’s we recognize that the gift of music is one of the things that defines us a humans and is one of the ways that we reach out in praise to our God. Music is also one of the defining characteristics of church and we as a local parish take the ministry of music seriously, remembering the words of that great leader and early hero of the faith, Moses, who declared: “I will sing to the Lord for he has triumphed gloriously” (Exodus 15:1).

At St. Simon’s you will enjoy any and all of the following:

Senior Choir

Led by our Music Director, Morris Ellington, the St. Simon’s Senior Choir is a group of approximately 20 people bound by a love of music and singing praises to God. Their goal, in providing musical leadership at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist service, is to enhance the worship experience of the parishioners. Music, in melody or words, can touch everyone and help them experience the presence and love of God.

Accompanied by piano, organ, guitar, and other instruments, the Choir sings a wide range of music from Bach to the St. Louis Jesuits and “Minnesota School” composers, from traditional four-part Anglican hymnody to contemporary world music. Besides leading the congregational singing, the Choir sings anthems on major feast days and during Holy Week. Solo and small group anthems are also a part of the Choir’s work.

The Choir practices for about two hours on Thursday evenings from September to early June. If you love to sing, please come and join us.

The Sounds of Simon Chimes and Handbell Choir

The melodychime and handbell choir members strive to play music that will praise God and inspire those who hear them. We have a variety of people with music background, and others with none, but all have a desire to make music together. The Choir plays at a variety of events within the church and in the community.

You are welcome to join us September through May, on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m., in the church and library. Commitment and enthusiasm are all we ask for.

Guitar Heroes

Named after the popular video game, the Guitar Heroes is a loose collection of musicians who, once a month and usually on the last Sunday of the month, lead the music at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. They are guitar-based, but also draw upon the vocal and instrumental talents of others in the congregation. They contribute to the musical variety and vitality of St. Simon’s through offerings of folk, rock, country, gospel, reggae, and contemporary music. An anthem every now and then allows them to offer something special to the worship experience. Their current line-up includes Tony Bruch, Andrew Ferguson, John MacKenzie, Bill McKinlay, and Michelle Bruch. To see some of their Sunday morning performances, please check out our YouTube channel.

LABYRINTH WALKS

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Christian use this as a way to meditate and pray. Join Laurie as she leads the monthly Labyrinth walks.

Where: Mackay Hall
When: 7:00 p.m.

Dates of walks:
October 17
November 7
December 5
January 9
February 6
March 13
April 10
May 8