Chapel Choir

Sponsor a Bus Seat

Help the Chapel Choir get to New Orleans this Spring Break by sponsoring a bus seat for $25. You can direct your sponsorship to a particular student or have it applied to the tour fund.

Sponsor forms are available in the church office, from Chapel Choir members, or in a printable form below.

Chapel Choir Tour 2013 - Information and Forms

Below you will find all of the informational handouts and forms for the 2013 Chapel Choir Tour to New Orleans, LA.

Chapel Choir Tour Kick-Off!

Planning on coming on the 2013 Choir Tour Trip? Then you need to attend the very important 2013 Mardi Gras Choir Tour Kick-Off! We'll discuss trip details, distribute forms and calendars, and answer any questions on Sunday, January 13th from 10:45AM to Noon in the Gym. See you there!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 10:45am

Chapel Choir Christmas Concert - Celebrating God's Gift

GiftsThe Chapel Choir will present two performances of "Celebrating God's Gift," on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Experience the joy and wonder of Christmas through words and music as they are shared by this 45-voice high school choir.

Tickets are $10 and available from choir members, in the church office, and at the door the day of the concert. Proceeds will help offset some of the costs of the choir's 42nd Annual Spring Break Tour to New Orleans, LA, March 23-30.

The Chapel Choir has a long and rich history here at DGFUMC. It has led Sunday worship at the 9:30 morning service during the school year since 1960.

For the past 41 years, the choir has participated on a week-long Spring Break musical mission trip spreading God's message in word and song to congregations throughout North America, including such places as New York City, Boston, Denver, St. Simon's Island, Memphis, Pensacola, Nashville, Toronto, Dallas, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington D.C. and many communities in between. Over the years, the choir has also performed at the Northern Illinois Conference and other sporting and community events.

Despite ever increasing demands on their time, choir members practice Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings following worship in preparation of both the Christmas concerts and tour. Members also give of their time through fundraising and mission activities at church and are involved in numerous activities in school, including athletics, speech, band, choir, dance, and clubs.

DGFUMC - Sanctuary
Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 4:00pm

Choir Dedication Sunday

Music for worshipOctober 28th - 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel Choirs will be singing!

Bells will be ringing!

Please come and enjoy a wonderful service filled with music

Choirs have begun!

We had an exciting children's choirs first rehearsal and registration last Wednesday, Sept. 12th. With the Sweet Repeat set up going on we had registation in the Open Door. It was fun to see so many faces full of surprise and wonder at our inviting, spacious, modern Open Door. Maybe we should have registration in there every year so we can show off the space available to our future junior high and high school youth!  Seventy-six children have been registered to sing in our choirs! Woo-hoo!

Chapel Choir Rehearsal

Come join us for our first rehearsal on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7PM!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join A Choir!

“Learning to Walk with Christ Daily” -- Through Music!

DGFUMC choir rehearsals are starting up so join for the first time or come on back! After a summer of Special Music during worship, organized by Pattie Barnes and provided by many talented, generous musicians, our regular services will once again begin on Rally Day, Sept. 9. Regular worship services also means CHOIRS! Choirs mean choir members! There is a choir for you!

Registration and rehearsal information packets have gone out to all church families. Please call the church office if you do not receive one. Or check the website: for current information.

Chapel Choir (High School) – The first rehearsal is Wednesday, August 22nd at 7-8:45PM! Choir Kick Off Supper and Registration is on Wednesday, Aug. 29 – 6:30 pm at the Parsonage (In the Gym if it rains) - No need to sign up – just come! 

Chancel Choir (Adults) – We LOVE new singers! Want to join? Attend the first rehearsal – Thursday, Sept. 6 – 7:00 pm for Welcome Fellowship on the porch and then rehearsal in Fellowship Hall. Normal rehearsal time is 7:30 - 9:10 pm. Contact Diane Hires (DianeHires@, the director, for more information.

Children’s Choirs – There is a children’s choir for all children aged 3 through 8th grade. The first rehearsal and registration is Sept. 12.

Bell Choirs – We have two! Enjoy teamwork and musicianship thru ringing handbells. Call Pattie Barnes 630-953-0146 (

Is this YOUR year to Join a Choir?! Watch for upcoming musical celebrations of the Christmas season at our church!

Housing Needed for Visiting Choirs

FUMC will be hosting two youth choirs this summer and host families will be needed for both. Chapel Choir members have enjoyed their experiences with host families during tour over the years, so now it's our turn to provide some hospitality.

The Celebration Singers and Ringers from Church of the Saviour UMC in Cincinatti will present a concert on Sunday, June 10. Overnight housing will be needed that evening for approximately 41 youth and 8 adults.

The Sonshine Choir from Brentwood (TN) UMC will be here Saturday, July 14. They will present a concert that evening and then sing at both worship services the following morning. Housing will be needed for approximately 100 youth.

We are currently looking for housing for the Celebration Singers and Ringers on June 10. If you have available beds please contact Katie Bartholomew or Don Dunham.

Chapel Choir Home Concerts

Chapel Choir 2011

Come see our Chapel Choir as they perform their 41st tour show here at home. This year’s theme is “Outside of Our Own LIttle World” and features music about faith, compassion and hope.

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 4:00pm


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