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Music and the Arts at St. John's . . .


Music Ministry


St. John’s has a long history of support for its music program. The role of the music program for the enhancement of worship at St. John’s is important to our parishioners. Our outreach to the community through our music is well known. In past years our Music & The Arts program has brought many different musical events to our community.


Our Parish Choir is currently made up of volunteer singers, with paid section leaders. They sing anthems each Sunday at the 10:30 liturgy and also lead the congregation in the hymns and other musical portions of the service. They participate in special services throughout the church year, including Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and St. John’s Day as well as occasional Evensongs. Our choral music is solidly traditional with emphasis on music of noted composers of all musical eras. We use the “1982 Hymnal”, supplemented by “Wonder, Love & Praise” in our worship services. The choir currently rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in the chancel, before the 10:30 service.


St. John’s Handbell Choir (below) is a volunteer ensemble that performs several times during the church year, including Christmas Eve, and Easter Sunday. Most years they also perform in the church during Salem City’s “Yuletide Festival” open house tour.


andbell Choir performsfor Salem Christmas Open House n Saturday, December 2, 2012

Our parish is proud of our fine 3-manual, 30 rank pipe organ, built by Kimball in 1937, modified and enlarged in 1967 with a new console in 1991 by Jacob Gerger & Sons. (See link to St. John's Pipe Organ above, or click here.)


Handbell choir

Mrs. Joanne Owen is our Interim Minister of Music. Our paid choristers are Kelly Freno (soprano), Gwen Norton (alto), Quinton Lewis (tenor) and Don Layton (bass).

QuiltersTo inquire about our programs of Music Ministry, or about participation in choir or handbells, please contact Joanne Owen.


Needlework arts are also important to the people of St. John’s. The St. John’s Quilters meet weekly during the year to create quilts for the Ronald McDonald House in Camden. These small quilts are given to the children and their families who stay at the RMD House while undergoing medical treatment. Recently, the art department at Salem High School has assisted this effort by designing and creating many of the quilt tops. St. John’s Quilters then finished the quilts and, together with the students, presented them to representatives from RMD Charities.
Click here to view a slide show of their incredible handiwork.