Music | The Dover Church
“He who sings, prays twice” – St. Augustine
Music is important to people of every age, and musical ability and has positive effects as individuals and our worship community. Additionally, music is an activity we can participate in throughout our lives. At The Dover Church, we provide many opportunities for individuals of different ages and stages of life to come together and participate as one: whether our vocal or handbell, or festival choirs. In a time when many of us feel alone, music and singing can lift our spirits and bring us together as a community. Whether you choose to participate in one of the organized musical ensembles offered, or choose to sing along with the hymns during worship, music teaches us the gospel through the hymns and provides a direct connection to God with our church community.
Why is music important?
- Makes children smarter as it can accelerate brain development as it encourages intellectual, social, emotional, motor and language skills and general literacy in a child’s development.
- Music creates community
- Music improves mental health
- Music encourages creativity
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:19
Please contact Music Director Christine Hogan for more information about any of our music ministries.
The Sanctuary Choir focuses on vocal technique, musical skill-building, and ensemble skills. New members are always welcome as musical proficiency is not required. Members include both accomplished singers and musicians as well as those who have a passion for singing and limited or no formal choral experience. Our mission is to enhance the worship experience as we praise God through song.
Our C. B. Fisk organ, Opus 107 was installed in 1993 and has been enhancing our worship life through music ever since. In addition to leading our hymn singing and worship Sunday mornings, our organ is the center of concerts and learning opportunities throughout the year including our Christmas Concert, auditions and recitals for the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Young Organists Initiative and more.
At the center of worship in our Christian tradition is the sermon, a time to reflect on where God’s Word intersects, informs, enriches and directs our lives. In the sermon our in-house theologian, our pastor, seeks to help people see themselves and their lives in the light of God’s love and command to love others.