35 West Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

P: 215.843.8811 - F: 888.333.5032

E: [email protected]

Service Time

Sundays 10:00-11:00am



Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance! Praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals! Praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the lord!  

First Church Chancel Choir

chancel-choir-oct-2016The First Church Chancel Choir is comprised of both volunteers and professional section leaders. The choir sings at the 10:00 a.m. weekly worship service, September-May, offering strong leadership of congregational song and presenting great choral repertoire of the Christian Church. Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and after worship from 11:30-12:30.

Gospel Choir

unspecifiedThe Gospel Choir is under the direction of Sara C. Blanford and sings traditional as well as contemporary gospel music on the first Sunday of each month, September through June. There is no audition necessary to sing in this choir; all we ask is that you have a desire and commitment to share your talent with our congregation and community. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. September through May. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

Children’s Choir

The Children’s Choir is led by Evelyn Santiago and rehearses on Thursday’s at 6:30 in the Choir Room. Tailored music instruction in a faith-based forum is offered to children in elementary-middle school. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

Handbell Choir

Voices in Bronze is an inter-generational group open to high school students and adults. No prior bell ringing experience is necessary but the ability to read music and good rhythm are helpful skills to have. Led by Evelyn Santiago, the bell choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. in the Choir Room. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

Oratorio Choir

The Oratorio Choir will presents two concerts each season, including Handel’s Messiah on the first Sunday in December, and a Spring Concert. Chorus rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:00 p.m. Members and friends of First Church, neighboring choirs, and musicians from the greater Germantown community are invited to participate. There is no audition required, but the ability to read music, the talent to sing in tune and in time, and the commitment to be faithful to the rehearsal schedule are expected.

For more information or to participate in any of our choirs, please contact Music Director F. Anthony Thurman at [email protected] or call the church office at 215-843-8811.