One of the things that keeps people coming back to Forest Hill is our commitment to musical excellence. Music weaves its way through our services, binding us together emotionally and lifting us spiritually.
We regularly incorporate diverse musical elements into our services with guest vocalists, instrumentalists, liturgical dancers and small group ensembles.
Music from the rich heritage of traditional sacred music along with that of different world cultures deepens our worship experience. African drumming, Iona Community songs from Scotland, jazz, Taize chants from France, freedom songs from Africa – music from around the world joins us together as Christians singing a joyful song to the Lord.
If you enjoy singing, consider joining one of our choirs: our adult Chancel Choir, youth Sine Nomine Choir, children’s Descant Choir, very young children’s Cherub Choir, or the Voices in Bronze (handbell) Choir. It’s a great way to get to know people and enjoy the small group fellowship and hospitality that defines Forest Hill.
Events such as “Lessons and Carols” during Advent, “Swing to the Lord at New Song,” and the moving Maundy Thursday service occur annually.
(Hear selections from a past Lessons and Carols Service here.)
Another tradition is the annual singing of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah that closes our Easter Sunday service.
Other special services over the last few years have included: Bach by Candlelight; All Creatures Great and Small; AWE (Alternative Worship Experience) and AEL (Arts Enhanced Liturgy) services; and Song of Hope, an original composition by Anne Wilson and commissioned by the Friends of Music.
We also have an active Friends of Music group that provides financial support for our musical offerings, including the commissioning of special musical compositions. The Friends of Music fund is used to hire guest instrumentalists, dancers, and artists that enhance our services of music. It also is used to augment our music purchase funds, since the price of sheet music is skyrocketing. Donations are heartily and thankfully accepted and may be made by cash or check, or Paypal.