Thursday, December 09, 2021


Music at First United Methodist Church of Avalon

We are blessed at FUMC to have a thriving music program. Our Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir offer their musical gifts on a year-round basis. The Chancel Choir of approximately 10-15 singers meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. We sing a variety of music from traditional to contemporary anthems every Sunday. The Handbell Choir meets every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. We have a 3 octave set of Malmark Handbells and perform one to two times per month. The Music Ministry of FUMC supports the scriptural message presented by the Pastor to help create a cohesive message of music and spoken word.      
All are welcome to join our choirs!  The ability to read music is not necessary but a commitment to attending rehearsals is necessary. If you are interested, sit in on a rehearsal and talk to our Choir Director/Organist. 
Rehearsals: Wednesday Nights (updated 5/30/21)
Handbell Choir: Resuming in July, time TBD
Chancel Choir: Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.
Kyle Sheppard
Currently of Pitman, New Jersey, joined our church as organist/choir director in July of 2017. Kyle earned his Bachelor's in Organ Performance from Rowan University under the direction of Gordon Turk. Before First United Methodist Church of Avalon, he was organist at Central United Methodist, Bridgeton, NJ and Music Intern at First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton, NJ. In addition to leading our music ministry, Kyle is the choir director of Rowan College of South Jersey - Cumberland, formerly Cumberland County College and teaches piano and organ privately. Kyle has had the wonderful opportunity to perform in various locations such as The Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Haddon Heights, NJ - St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA - Milltown United Methodist Church - First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton, NJ - The Citadel, Charleston, SC - Haddonfield United Methodist Church - Trinity Episcopal Church, Moorstown, NJ. Some of his hobbies include gardening, traveling, cooking and singing.