This series of outdoor concerts were started in March, 2020 when we were unable to meet in sanctuary for worship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, concluding on June 9, 2021.
About the Concerts
Our weekly chimes concerts are held each Wednesday at 12 noon to about 12:30 pm. The concerts feature our Minister of Music, Andrew Paulson, playing hymns on the chimes of our Schultz Memorial Organ. Each week the hymns are selected to be part of a theme which usually coincides with the liturgy for the week or the season of the church year. The music is pre-recorded on the organ by Andrew and played back Wednesday at noon so that you have the opportunity to ‘meet and greet’ Andrew outside during the concert. The final concert of the series will be on June 9, 2021, the week before we return to worship services in the sanctuary on June 13, 2021.
Attending the Concerts
This is an outdoor event. The music is played through a speaker inside St. John’s tower and can be heard throughout out grounds. You may park in any of our parking lots and listen to the concerts, or you may bring lawn chairs and sit in the area of our Meditation Garden and Labyrinth, where most people gather, or you may sit anywhere on our property. In the warmer weather, some people bring a picnic lunch. Note: Anyone on the St. John’s grounds is required to wear a mask and stay socially distanced at this time.
Listening to the Concerts in Other Places & Other Times
Each Wednesday at 12 noon, the pre-recorded chimes concert audio is played on our public Facebook page St John’s UCC Lansdale, PA | Facebook and our private members Facebook group. This is the same concert being played during the outdoor event. It appears as a video that you click on to play, with a slideshow of photos of our building shown on screen as the music plays. If you are unable to listen at noon, the concert is archived on Facebook and can be played or replayed at any time convenient to your schedule.
Giving During the Concerts
These chimes concerts are free and open to anyone in the community as long as they wear a mask and practice social distancing. There is no offering taken. If you are able, we do collect food items for Manna On Main Street each week, a project of St. John’s Outreach Team. Watch for a vehicle with the trunk open in the parking lot near the labyrinth. We suggest that you check with our Manna webpage to see what food items they currently need and what they don’t need. Click the link below:
History of the Chimes Concerts
This concert series began in March, 2020 to provide a gathering opportunity when in-house worship was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This allowed our members and guests who were mostly homebound a chance to get out and gather in a safe manner on the church grounds for a short time. The concerts were started by our then-Minister of Music David Furness, and the series was continued by our new Minister of Music Andrew Paulson after David retired in July, 2020. Andrew expanded the series by adding a weekly theme and making a listing of the hymns available before the concert to follow while listening. The series took an 8 week winter hiatus from late December 2020 to mid-February 2021 but is now back on a weekly schedule. The series will conclude on June 9, 2021.