Music Ministry

We have excellent music. Our Chancel Choir sings each Sunday. Handbell and Youth Choirs participate regularly, as well as the JIPC Orchestra. We present special music at Easter and Christmas, including brass ensembles from the Charleston symphony. The Youth Choir holds annual performances near Pentecost and again during Advent.

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir is led by volunteer Julianne Stokes and is offered to ages 3, 4 and 5. They meet during the school year on Wednesdays at 5:30 in the church Narthex. This energetic group sings a few times a year in worship and joins with the Elementary Choir to present the annual Christmas Pageant.

Elementary Choir

Elementary Choir is led by church members, Julie Frye and Mary Beth Meggett. These 1st through 5th graders meet each Wednesday of the school year at 5:30 in the choir room. They are accompanied by Rachel Smith and sing at least once a month for worship services. These kids look forward to joining the Cherubs in their presentation of the Christmas Pageant. The highlight of their year is the Youth Musical presented in the spring with the Mid and Senior High Choir.

Mid and Senior High Choir

Mid and Senior High Choir meets on Wednesdays during the school year at 5:00 in the sanctuary. These 6th through 12th graders are led by the church director of music, Barbara Manaker, with help from members, Andrea Quinn and Ann Faris. They sing once a month for worship and look forward to their spring presentation of the youth musical with the Elementary Choir. Youth Bell Choir also meets on Wednesdays during the school year. They rehearse in the sanctuary at 5:30 with Barbara Manaker and Ann Faris as the directors. These 6th through 12th graders play a few times a year in worship. This age group is also invited to participate in the JIPC orchestra if they play an orchestral instrument. Led by Cathy Ardrey, they meet on Sundays mornings from 9 to 10 in the choir room and play a few times a year in worship.

Youth Bell Choir

Youth Bell Choir also meets on Wednesdays during the school year. They rehearse in the sanctuary at 5:30 with Barbara Manaker as their director. They play a few times a year in worship.

Adult Bell Choir

This group is led by Hugh Knight and is made up of members who have some musical knowledge (basic note and rhythmic reading) and have a love of handbell music. The group meets throughout the year on Wednesday from 6:15-7:15. We typically play in church services once per month and for special occasions throughout the year. Contact: Hugh Knight (843-810-5055 or hknight@portergaud.edu).

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir is a volunteer choir that sings for worship each Sunday through the year, as well as special services in the community and during Advent and Lent. Members can sing for either the 8:30 service, the 11:00 service or both. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays in the sanctuary from 7:30 to 8:45. This group, open to 9th graders in high school through adult, is directed by Barbara Manaker and accompanied by Jan Pesavento and Hugh Knight. New members are always welcome!

JIPC Orchestra

JIPC Orchestra is directed by Cathy Ardrey and they meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 in the choir room. This group consists of both youth and adult members. They play a few times a year for worship services.

Pre-service music

Pre-service music is presented before every worship service. Those who participate are volunteers who play an instrument (piano, brass, strings, guitar, etc) or sing. Ages range from young Elementary through older adult. Jan Pesavento organizes this each week.