Cultivating a Passion for Christ

Greetings!
While all services, events and rehearsals have been canceled as we attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, the music ministry at Salem will be up and running again as soon as the “all clear” has been given! If you or your children like to sing, or if you or a family member play an instrument, let me encourage you to come back to our website and check out the opportunities listed on this page. in the meantime, keep singing or playing your instrument – even if no one else can hear you! God hears…He cares…He loves to hear from His children, and He is always available. God bless you, and I look forward to meeting you and helping you get connected so you can use your gifts and talents to serve Christ here at Salem! If you would like more information on any particular group or opportunity in the meantime, please contact me at vacareen@va.metrocast.net.

Careen Stanley
Music Minister
Salem Baptist Church

Worship Choir
This enthusiastic group, made up of singers ages 13+, meets Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. in the choir room in the new fellowship hall. Fall session goes through December 22, and we’d love to have you join us! We usually lead worship twice a month in 2nd service, sing specials in both services, and work on one larger music event each season (Advent/Holly Week/Patriot Sunday).

Salem Kids’ Choir
This choir is open to any K-5th grader, and meets Thursdays from 4:15-5:45 p.m. in the choir room in the new fellowship hall. Every rehearsal we play games, eat snacks, work on music skills, practice chimes, and of course, sing! The church van picks up kids from several Caroline County schools each Wednesday afternoon and delivers them to Salem. All that is required is a weekly note to the school office, and an RSVP to Mrs. Stanley! Don’t ask your kids if they want to sing – just sign them up. They’ll be glad you did!

The Bells of Salem
This talented group of ringers meets in the new bell room, upstairs in the sanctuary on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. They play special music in both services every month, and work toward larger seasonal events each session. Contact Becky Broaddus (rebecca@bealenet.com) for more information on this group!

Salem Chimes
The group is open to beginners of all ages – no experience is necessary! They meet in the new bell room, upstairs in the sanctuary, Wednesday nights from 6-6:30 p.m., and play special music in both services as often as possible. This group follows the AWANA calendar and will not meet if AWANA is canceled due to weather or some other issue. Please contact Becky Broaddus at rebecca@bealenet.com.

Salem’s Joyful Noise
Joyful Noise is Salem’s newly formed junior bell choir. This group is for of youth 6th grade and up who started with Salem Chimers and are ready to move up to hand bells (audition may be required). They meet Wednesday nights from 6-6:30 p.m. in the new bell room upstairs in the sanctuary and play special music in regular worship services, special services, and seasonal special events. Please contact Brenda James at bsj84uva@gmail.com for more information.

Praise Team/Praise Band: The band leads worship in 1st service every 2-3 weeks, but we’re always ready to add more folks to the team. If Salem is your church and you have the skills, what are you waiting for? Vocalists must audition and should be able to hold a part. Instrumentalists may play along with the band from the front row until ready to hit the stage. Are you a singer who is not quite ready to audition yet? Contact Careen and schedule a Sunday to lead worship with her as a duo or trio. It’s a great way to ease your way into music ministry! 804 867 7374 or vacareen@va.metrocast.net.

Instrumentalists: We’re always looking for instrumentalists! If you play a solo instrument and would like to contribute to the music ministry either in regular services or for special occasions here at Salem, please contact Careen at vacareen@va.metrocast.net.

Ladies’ Ensemble: This group is formed 2-3 times a year at Salem, usually by invitation. If you would like to be a part of the next season (Fall 2019), contact Careen at vacareen@va.metrocast.net. Singers must be able to hold a part, but not alone, to be considered for this group. We rehearse seasonally after 2nd service on Sundays in the choir room.

CrossHope Girls’ Ensemble: This student vocal group (middle-high school) is recently returned from Music & Worship Arts Camp at Eagle Eyrie, and we’re ready to put into practice all that we learned! We’re working on singing harmonies, using good singing techniques and excellent diction, all for the glory of God. Vocalists must audition, and should be able to hold a part – but not alone. If you’d like to join the group, please contact Careen Stanley at 804 867 7374 or vacareen@va.metrocast.net.