Music Ministry

Adult Music Opportunities

Bethlehem enjoys a diverse and active music program. Our recent congregational survey identified Bethlehem’s music program as one of our core strengths, and we invite all who are interested to find an ensemble that brings them joy. Psalm 100 tells us to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”. It doesn’t say a “perfect” or “flawless” noise, it says “joyful”. We encourage all Bethlehem disciples to join an ensemble so we can make a JOYFUL noise together!

Contact Joshua McClure if you’d like to learn more about any of the music programs at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Senior Vocal Choir

Bethlehem’s Senior Choir frequently participates in our 8:00 and 10:30 traditional worship services in the Sanctuary. This adult ensemble (high school +) rehearses at 7:00pm on Wednesday nights in the choir loft and we are always looking for new singers. Please join us at any time – this is NOT an audition choir. Contact Joshua McClure if you’d like to learn more.

Praise Team

Bethlehem’s Praise Team leads our 9:15 “contemporary” worship service each Sunday morning. Led by Joshua McClure, the Praise team consists of singers, instrumentalists and audio/video technicians. They typically rehearse on Thursday evenings as well as before worship on Sunday mornings. If you’re a strong singer (remember, you’re “on mic”), have experience playing drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, or other instruments in a contemporary worship setting, or if you’ve worked a sound board or PC during presentations, you should contact Joshua to learn more about joining this ensemble. 

Sounds of Joy Handbells

This ensemble is led by Michelle Fisher and participates in Bethlehem’s traditional worship approximately once each month, as well as special and festival services. “Sounds of Joy” is blessed with bells and chimes that cover a 4+ octave range, allowing them to explore a wide variety or music. Contact Michelle if you’d like to learn more.

Festival Choirs

Bethlehem “pulls out all the stops” on special seasonal occasions and invites anyone who is interested to join a choir. Christmas and Lent/Easter are good examples of times when special music is celebrated in the form of masterworks like an oratorio or requiem, or it may just be a time when we invite all of our ensembles to share their talents with the congregation. Be on the lookout for these special music invitations, and please join in.

Men’s and Women’s Choruses

Bethlehem’s adult singers periodically prepare pieces specifically for Men’s and Women’s choirs. When these ensembles are scheduled, we encourage singers who are not regular members of the Senior Choir to join them for a limited engagement. These pieces are normally incorporated into our traditional worship services in the Sanctuary. Watch your weekly “Community Life” inserts and home page announcements for special singing opportunities.

For youth music opportunities, please click here.

Join Us For Worship

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
An informal traditional Communion service in the sanctuary
Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Traditional service with Holy Communion in the sanctuary
Sunday 9:15 a.m.
Band and Praise worship with Holy Communion in Fellowship Hall
* Nursery care available for children up to 3 years old during all Sunday services.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Street Address: 1145 N. Fifth Avenue (Rt. 25)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3850
St. Charles, IL 60174
Church Office: (630) 584-2199
Fax: (630) 584-2674
Preschool Office: (630) 584-6027