The Sanctuary Choir leads music at Sunday worship services, September through Pentecost, and other additional Advent, Christmastide, Lenten, and Easter services. The Sanctuary Choir often performs with guest instrumentalists and string or brass ensembles.
Sanctuary Choir rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room.
Sanctuary Ringers, a handbell ensemble comprised of youth and adults, performs from September through Pentecost on a five-octave set of Malmark Handbells and Handchimes.
The handbell and handchime collection includes instruments by Malmark and White Chapel. The complete Malmark collection underwent complete restoration by Malmark Bellcraftsmen over the course of summer 2012.
Sanctuary Ringers rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in the Journey Classroom.
children's Music Ministry
The Children’s Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church strives to ensure that children have an understanding and appreciation of music and its place within the church to glorify God. Together, children learn and sing anthems, as well as utilize musical instruments such as Boomwhackers and xylophones — all while enhancing their abilities to work together as a team and as individuals.
Thrive Praise Band
The Thrive Praise Band leads music at the 8:55 a.m. Thrive service in the Fellowship Hall. The band worships through modern Christian songs and new renditions of traditional favorite hymns. Instrumentalists include drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboard, and bass. All band members are encouraged to sing and we welcome those whose only instrument is voice. We are open to creative expressions of musical praise through other instruments as well. The band offers special music during Advent and occasional other services and events throughout the year.
Dedicated in 1973, the steeple and carillon at FPC Gastonia feature a design that sweeps gracefully skyward and can be seen from multiple points around Gastonia. The Memorial Carillon is an instrument of 49 bells (four octaves), playable from a clavier. A program clock controls the chime and hour strike.
The swinging bell, placed at the peak of the bell chamber, was transported from the tower of the Marietta St. building. This original bell was cast in 1895.