Hope Presbyterian Church 1189 Hope Road
Tinton Falls, New Jersey

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Music Programs at Hope Church

Hope Church is extremely blessed to have so many members involved in the music program. It is unusual for a church of our size to have such a full range of music groups. The music program at Hope consists of the Praise Team, the Chancel Choir and the Bell Choir.

Each of these groups fills a specific role, which are as follows:

  • The praise band is responsible for leading worship. Whether the music is contemporary or traditional, the praise team engages the congregation in worship. The praise band is specifically not intended to be a "performing" group but to be a part of the congregation leading the music, teaching new music, and setting the tone for the worship services. Since the majority of music in the service is intended to be congregational the praise band plays more music, and more often than any other group.

  • The vocal choir, men's ensemble, and bell choir are responsible for special music. The prelude, postlude, and offertory are the most common places in the service for special music and most of the work of these groups is in these portions of the service. For the most part the congregation is not involved in the special music. We try to have some form of special music at least once each week with the bell choir and vocal choir usually playing once a month and the other slots being filled by solos or the men's ensemble.
Praise Team
The praise band consists of piano, drums, guitar, flute, saxophone, and singers. The praise team is currently on a rotating schedule with most rehearsals being on Friday evenings but occasionally on Sunday morning. The Friday rehearsals begin at 7:30 PM and we usually rehearse for about an hour and a half. The praise team plays mostly contemporary praise and worship music, although they are often called on to lead the traditional hymns as well.
Chancel Choir
The choir's repertoire reflects a variety of musical styles including Gospel, Contemporary, Classical and Traditional. The choir rehearses mostly on Fridays at 6:00 PM and typically rehearses for an hour.
Bell Choir
The bell choir plays three octaves of handbells. We play a range of music from traditional to praise and worship. The bell choir is a very solid level III+ choir.
Men's Ensemble
Our Men's Ensemble specializes in, but is not limited to, a Southern Gospel sound. Their musical offerings are always enthusiastically received whenever they sing.

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