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There are many active musical organizations and opportunities at the Peace Church. The Sanctuary choir, Sanctuary hand bell choir, and Sunday School Youth music groups are regular parts of the Sunday worship experience.

The Sanctuary choir sings for worship service each week from September through June. The choir has more than 20 members and sings a variety of musical anthems including contemporary, gospel, traditional, and standard hymns. Practices are held on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings before the worship service begins. The Sanctuary choir provides special music at Christmas (a cantata or concert is performed), church holidays, and for various church events. The Peace Choir often sings for community services and provides a concert yearly for the Elm Crest Manor residents in New Salem. The choir has a director and accompanist. Background music and percussions supplements are also used to enhance the anthems. People of all ages sing in the choir, and new members are always welcome.

The Peace Hand bell choir practices weekly and plays for church worship services approximately once a month. The hand bells also perform for holiday worship services, the Christmas concert, community events, and provide a concert for the residents at Elm Crest Manor in New Salem. The hand bell choir has a director. The hand bell season runs the same time the Sanctuary choir season is in session. The door is always open for new members. People with musical talents are welcome to play or sing special music in the months of June, July and August to enhance summer worship services. Additional talent is welcome year round and music opportunities are provided regularly.

The Peace Children's Sunday School music is divided into two groups. Preschool and primary grades comprise one sector and intermediate students through grade 7 sing in the second children's group. Instruments such as hand bells, boomwhackers, and percussion instruments are commonly used with the intermediate grades. A Christmas program is performed by the students during a December worship service. Students do special music once or twice a month during regular worship services while the Sunday school is in session. Music is encouraged each week during Sunday school with emphasis on service music before the children participate in the worship. An end of the school year celebration is provided in May as well as music for all ages during the summer Vacation Bible School program.

There are many active music organizations and opportunities at Peace Church for all ages. Contact the church office or music director anytime with questions or for more information.