Music Ministry

At Aldersgate, music has always been central to worship and fellowship. Each Sunday we appreciate the talent and dedication of the musicians who provide wonderful music to praise God and share with people the good news of Jesus. There are currently three vocal groups, two handbell choirs, an instrumental ensemble, a praise band, and a youth praise band.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is under the direction of Rafael Scarfullery sings at most 11:00 am worship services with special offerings throughout the year at Easter, Christmas, and other occasions. Rehearsals are each Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 8:30 pm in the sanctuary.

For more information please contact Rafael Scarfullery, AUMC Music Director, at

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir is directed by Melody Day and rings at least once a month at the 11:00 am worship service. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:15 pm.

For more information please contact Melody Day, Handbell Director, at

Instrumental Ensemble

The Instrumental Ensemble is directed by Rafael Scarfullery and includes a variety of instruments. Playing once each month and at special services throughout the year, the instrumental ensemble rehearses each Monday evening, 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

For more information please contact Rafael Scarfullery, AUMC Music Director, at

Praise Band

The Praise Band plays during the 9:00 Contemporary Service leading the congregation in uplifting worship throughout the year. The AUMC Praise Band plays a wide range of worship music to create an environment that is both inspirational and contemplative in nature.  The Praise Band is a multi-generational group of vocalists and they are always welcoming those who want to sing God’s praises on Sunday mornings.  Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Sanctuary.

If you have a passion for worship music, as a musician, a singer, or even as a sound/AV technician, we want to help you nurture this gift.  We are always looking for new musicians, singers, and stage crew members who want to use their God given gifts for His glory. We are open to all types of instruments and skill levels.

Please reach out to Worship Leader, Whitney Gatesman ( to learn more about how to get involved.


Our Praise Band also loves to support community events as part of our outreach ministry.  Please contact Whitney Gatesman, Worship Leader, if you are interested in booking the group for your next event.

Youth Praise Band

The Youth Praise Band opens our Contemporary Service once each month, and also participates in regional and state-wide spiritual events. They play Christian rock songs featuring drums, electric guitar, keyboards, and vocals. The group rehearses each Sunday afternoon.

For more information please contact Mike Colley, Youth Praise Band Director, at

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Joyful Noise Singers

The Joyful Noise Singers is a children’s choir made up of children in grades 1st through 5th. The children rehearse and memorize music for Worship. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings from 10AM until 10:15 in room 106 during the school year. For more information, please contact Rafael Scarfullery, AUMC Music Director, at

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