Music Ministries

Music is an important part of our worship and community at Ellensburg UMC.  If you are interested in participating in any of our music ministries, please contact our Music Director, Lee Bates.

Sanctuary Choir:  The Sanctuary Choir welcomes all who love to sing.  Weekly rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00- 8:00-ish in the upstairs worship space. High schoolers to senior citizens are encouraged to join in praising God through choral music. Give us a try.  The choir begins singing in September and generally concludes at the end of May. The choir sings two Sundays a month and more often during Advent, Christmas and the Easter season.

Handbell Choir:  The handbell choir is being revived after a long hiatus due to Covid-19. Ringing is fun and a great way to use the gift of music in sharing with others. We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 6:00pm.  All ages are welcome!

Kimball Organ:  Our beautiful, 11 rank Kimball organ has a long history.  The W.W. Kimball Company of Chicago originally crafted the organ for installation at a church in Spokane.  Records indicate the year was 1902.  The Spokane church closed and sold the instrument to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ellensburg, the forerunner to the present United Methodist Church.  When our present building opened in the early 1920's the instrument was dismantled and installed at its current location.  The organ was modernized, and rebuilt onsite in the mid 1950's. Eventually, chimes were added and they can be heard outdoors as well through the speaker in the steeple.