Our Music & Worship
“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the … instruments of music, … that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.” II Chronicles 5:13, 14
Our church’s Music Department rejoices in our dedicated service to the Lord through music and song during regularly scheduled and special worship services. We strive to facilitate an atmosphere of Christ-exalting and transformational worship, drawing worshippers closer and closer to God through music that includes sacred hymns, and expressions of traditional and contemporary gospel music. We are blessed to have gifted, anointed and committed singers and musicians in fellowship with one another who minister through music weekly.
If you sing or play an instrument, we would love to have you join us. To express interest or seek more information, contact Sis. T’Jae Ellis, director of music and worship.
Singing and sharing God’s love through musical interpretations from a rich gospel music history, the St. James A.M.E. Church’s Chancel Choir is comprised of spirit-filled vocalists and musicians committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a Sacred and Traditional repertoire that includes Negro Spirituals, Classical Spirituals, Classical Gospel songs and early Traditional Gospel songs.
The oldest choir of our church, the Chancel Choir’s mission is to tell of God’s abundant love by sharing musical gifts to the glory of God.
From those who are classically trained to those who love the foremost musical genres of our choir, we encourage you to join us as we raise the praise. Rehearsals are held on the two Wednesdays immediately before the first Sunday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Chancel Choir President Bro. Jimmy Clark.
Vernon Sewell Ensemble
The Vernon Sewell Ensemble is St. James’ adult contemporary choir. It is composed of anointed vocalists and musicians who, with uninhibited, exuberant worship, minister stirring, melodious and encouraging spiritual messages through mostly Traditional Gospel and Contemporary Gospel songs.
As the official St. James AME Church traveling choir, the VSE accompanies our Pastor on engagements including to special services. This Adult Contemporary Choir rehearses the 1st and 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. This choir sings on the 2nd Sunday of each month. For more information, please contact the Vernon Sewell Ensemble President Sis. Yvette Butcher.
The St. James Male Chorus unites Christian men in brotherhood and fellowship by enthusiastically lifting voices in song and praise to the Lord. The Male Chorus is composed of the brothers of the church representing adult and young men, who provide impactful and melodious musical messages including Traditional and Contemporary gospel songs often in a quartet-style. The Male Chorus sings on the 3rd Sunday of the month and rehearses on the first and second Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Male Chorus President Bro. Monroe Brown.
Women of Worship
Women of Worship is composed of a small group of young adult women who minister through musical interpretations of Contemporary Gospel and Christian Lite Rock/Pop songs. This ensemble draws its selections from popular Praise and Worship songs. Women of Worship can be found rehearsing on the Friday before the 4th Sunday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Ensemble Director Sis. Felicia Thomas.