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Good news. Bad day. Feeling stuck. Starting something new and big. Loss. Gain. Looking for answers. Full of hope. No matter your day or current circumstance, there is a reason to sing because of who God is and because He loves us.
That’s what fuels the Contemporary and Traditional Music teams as they lead worship experiences, put on concerts and musicals for the community, and teach the next generation of musicians.
Calling all tiny musicians, singers and performers! Our youth music programs are taught by professional musicians and music teachers. Kids make friends, learn music and make a whole lotta noise!
Newborn through 5 years old
CHILDREN LOVE MUSIC!
And better still, music impacts all spheres of child development from language and literacy skills to pattern recognition, social maturity and emotional growth. In Musikgarten we help young children develop their love of music and musical skills through a series of activity-filled, age appropriate lessons. Your child isn’t too young to start learning the Musikgarten way. In fact, we have classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Each 14 week session for Parent (or Caregiver) and Child includes a once a week, 30 minute class and a take home instrument kit with book and recorded music. There are multiple class choices each week in the fall and spring semesters. Working parents can enjoy family music together in the evening “PJ” class (5:45pm) or a Saturday morning class.
Because we care about your safety, we are bringing Musikgarten classes into your home this spring. All online sessions will be real-time, interactive with your music friends and teacher. We plan to transition to in-person classes as soon as it is safe to do so.
Register for the day and time that work best in your schedule. The cost for the spring semester is $90 per semester per family.
Baby Class: Newborn to 16 months: Grow closer, comfort and play with your baby, as you give them an edge in emotional, social and intellectual growth through music. Geared specifically for online learning and designed to equip parents to play musically with your baby. Each class features bouncing and rocking songs, wiggle and peek-a-boo games, and other fun activities for the two of you. A take-home music kit lets you continue the fun with the Musikgarten’s outstanding recorded music, a parent guidebook along with rhythm sticks, a soft wooden rattle, and colorful scarf.
Musikgarten for babies:
Family Music for Mixed Ages: Baby through 4 years old. This four-semester program is designed for all ages of preschool children and their grownups to experience the joy of music making together. It will nurture your child’s musical aptitude and listening abilities, while developing key skills that are vital for all learning: listening, following directions, impulse control, communication, and positive social interaction.
In each 30 minute weekly class, kid friendly folk songs help to develop your child’s language, singing, dancing, and listening skills. They’ll also experience a variety of simple instruments and like all Musikgarten courses, it will enhance your child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development, while building a foundation for future music proficiency. That’s important for you to know, but for your child it’s all about the pure fun of music and movement shared with you!
Cycles Class: Cycles Class is not currently being offered, but will return with in-person classes.
This class is for children 4 to 6 years old who can manage longer listening time and more complex physical movement. They will explore musically one of the four seasons each semester and be introduced to eight new animals each season through songs, picture games, listening and mini-discussions. In this class we begin to transfer their earlier experience of rhythm and tonal patterns to instrument time with the addition of more intricate rhythm and tonal patterns using a wider variety of percussion instruments. Each child will have opportunities every semester to play fun impromptu instrumental solos.
For more information, contact Linda at LindaD@christchapelbc.org
Grades K-1 (at least 5 years old by September 1)
Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
KidzPraise introduces young performers to choir singing. Through the elements of movement, rhythm, pitch, breathing, all sprinkled with games and musical fun, children learn the joy of singing together and singing praises to the Lord. Come and explore God’s beautiful creation through hymns and classical pieces. KidzPraise group is currently limited to 20 students.
MusicPraise Fort Worth
Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
Thursdays from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
If your child enjoys musical theater as much as singing in choir, MusicPraise may be just the right fit! Dramatic expression and riser choreography are introduced in addition to teaching proper choral singing techniques. Music Praise is Christ Chapel youngest performing choir and during the year students typically have several opportunities to sing for our congregation, including Christmas Cantata and spring musical showcase. MusicPraise group size is currently limited. Same program is offered at both Fort Worth and West campuses.
For more information contact Yana at YanaC@christchapelbc.org
Sundays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
This ensemble is for any 5th-8th grader who enjoys singing enthusiastically and publicly. Students continue to expand their musical knowledge to incorporate note reading and singing in harmony. Along with several appearances in our church services throughout the year, Acclaim participates in our annual Christmas Cantata and Big Band concert. Acclaim group size is currently limited in size.
For more information, contact Yana at YanaC@christchapelbc.org.
Thursdays from 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
This new class explores all the greatness of chime bell ringing! We will cover rhythm, notes, playing in an ensemble and all manner of musical fun and joy! We will use many rhythm instruments to explore chime ringing techniques, chimes and music theory to encourage the beginnings of note reading. We will also utilize rote learning. The class is currently limited in size. No prior experience is required, but an interest in music is a must! Please note that Chimes is currently a non-performing group.
For more information, contact Jennifer at JenniferC@christchapelbc.org.
Thursdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
Come play bells with us! All levels of musicianship are welcome, but one year of piano, band or other note reading experience is required. Chapel Bells students have opportunities to ring for our congregation several times throughout the year, as well as participate in Christmas Cantata services. The size of Chapel Bells group is currently limited to 20 students.
For more information and to register, contact Jennifer at JenniferC@christchapelbc.org
Sundays from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.
Fort Worth Campus
$70 (includes instrument)
This small ensemble style NINE week workshop is designed as the introduction to one of the most laidback and versatile string instruments. Ukulele is relatively easy to learn and small enough to take just about anywhere. Whether you want to accompany yourself, worship with your friends, or jam on a mission field, it is an excellent choice for any level. The workshop fee covers the instrument with case and tuner that will be yours to keep. Students learn basic theory, technique, chord charts, multiple chords and strumming patterns. The in-person rehearsals are enriched with virtual sessions, introducing contemporary worship songs and hymns for skill practice. No prior musical knowledge is required, but regular practice at home is expected to be successful. The size of the ensemble is currently limited to 12 people in one group. Please note that Ukulele is a non-performing ensemble.
For more information, contact Yana at YanaC@christchapelbc.org.
Play well with others? Or maybe you’re ready to take your shower singing up a notch? Fill out the form below to start the process of joining a Traditional music choir, orchestra or bells group, or a Contemporary worship band.
Please note: In some cases, an audition is required.
The psalms tell us to “make a joyful noise to the Lord” but what that looks and sounds like might be different for each of us. From orchestra, choir to bells and Big Band concerts, the Traditional Music Ministry invites you to find your way and join us in worshipping the one true God.
The show will go on … in 2022!
The Elder Board has postponed Christ Chapel’s 2021 musical production to summer 2022. File this under: Some of the Very Best Things Are Worth Waiting For.
Our choir leads the 11 a.m. traditional worship service with hymns and choruses. They also perform a special each Sunday. Choir members cover a wide range ages and musical experience; no audition is necessary.
To enroll, email Josh at JoshB@christchapelbc.org.
A 65-piece orchestra performs preludes and specials during the 11 a.m. worship service. The orchestra also accompanies the congregation for hymns and choruses. Instrumentalists must have formal musical training, and be able to both sight-read difficult rhythmic patterns and play in all keys. An audition may be required.
If interested in joining the orchestra, email Jennifer at JenniferC@christchapelbc.org.
A five-octave adult hand bell choir performs five to six times a year in worship services. The choir members vary in musicianship level and bells are assigned according to music reading ability.
For more information on joining the choir, email Josh at JoshB@christchapelbc.org.
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When we hear the Christmas story we’re reminded of the miraculous birth of Christ. But God wants us to be sure and know the rest of the story. God had a purpose for sending His Son into our world. He came to be our Savior, just as the angel announced to the shepherds. But why do we need a Savior if we try to be good?
The answer is that God is perfect and holy and no matter hard we try, we are not. But God still wants a relationship with us. So He sent Jesus into the world to offer a way for sinners to have a relationship with a holy God. God placed our sins on His sinless Son on the cross, so that we might be forgiven and become a child of God. When God raised Jesus from the dead, He paved a way for us to come to God as well.
Romans 10:9 tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Jesus is the greatest Christmas gift ever given.
MSM families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big MSM ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!
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5+6 families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big 5+6 ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!
HSM families, we miss you guys! We are determined to stick together as one big HSM ministry. Be sure to check out everything happening online. We are here for you guys!
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
*Every the 3rd Wednesday of the month, West campus meets at Worship Center
The Christmas season is full of stories. There are favorite movies like “White Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Elf,” Santa Claus and reindeer, and lots of traditions that go back many, many years. All of these stories share messages of hope and cheer, good news and happy days, giving and serving — and they all encourage us to look forward to a bright future.
The reason that all of these stories have similar themes is because in one way or another, they are all a reflection of the very first Christmas story — the true, real life one that happened two thousand years ago in a small rural town called Bethlehem. (The story is told throughout the Bible, but if you’ve never read it for yourself, a great place to start is Luke 2.)
The date was sometime between 3 B.C. and 6 B.C. in Israel. The Roman Empire, which controlled the region at that time, was requiring that everyone return to their hometown so that they could complete a census.
There was an engaged couple who were among the many people who had to travel home to complete their part of this census. The couple, a man named Joseph and a woman named Mary, were not well-known or uber successful. They were regular people who lived in a small town. Because they were engaged, they headed together to Joseph’s hometown, Bethlehem.
As Israelites, both Mary and Joseph had grown up learning the history of their people through the Scriptures. Israel was a very small nation surrounded by great world powers – and yet, God had always protected their people. In fact, God, had promised that a savior would one day come and save them. No one knew when that would happen, but generation after generation, the people of Israel waited with hope for that day.
Months before Joseph and Mary set off on their journey to Bethlehem for the census, one of God’s angels appeared to Mary with a very surprising message. He showed up out of nowhere one day to tell her that God was not only pleased with her, but had chosen her to be the mother of the savior that everyone had been waiting for! And while that may have been a great honor to Mary, she was confused about how that could happen because she was most definitely a virgin. The angel told her that through the power of God, she would become pregnant. This baby was God’s Son and He was to be named Jesus because He would one day save His people. And because Mary had grown up knowing these future promises of God, she believed the angel.
Months later and nearing her due date, Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem for the census. Because so many people had come to town for the very same reason, there was no room available at the town’s inn. Now in labor, the only option the couple could find for a place to stay and have the baby was in the inn’s stable. So there, in a cave among the animals, the long-promised and long-awaited savior, Jesus, was born.
A few miles from that stable, a group of shepherds was laying out in a field. It was night and they were there to make sure that their flock was not harmed or picked off by animals or thieves. All of a sudden and out of nowhere, an angel appeared in the sky above them. Shocked by the angel, they were completely terrified, but the angel quickly told them that they had no reason to be afraid. In fact, they were about to receive some of the best news ever: that very night, a savior, THE Savior that they had been waiting for, had been born. The angel told them where they could find this baby and in excitement they got up and ran to find Him.
And it was just as the angel had told them: the baby was in a manger, wrapped in strips of cloth, a fulfillment of God’s great promise to them. After seeing the baby, the shepherds told everyone they met that God had indeed kept His promise and sent their Savior.
That Savior, Jesus, grew up and as God’s Son, one day gave His life for the whole world. Only a true Savior could do this — and because Jesus was the Chosen One sent by God — He could. He was crucified by the Roman government, died and laid dead in a tomb for three days. Then, by the power of God, He came back to life. Many people witnessed His death and then saw Him alive again.
Jesus, having come from God and entered human history as a baby, grew up and fulfilled the promise of being a Savior. Through His death, every person on earth can be saved and can know God personally. Because of Jesus, every person can have hope and cheer, good news and happy days, can look forward to a bright future. Through a relationship with Jesus, we can live the great joy of Christmas every day. That is what Christmas is really about.
Looking for the perfect finishing touch for the gifts under your Christmas tree? Download our custom gift tags! Just click the “Download” button below and pick your favorites to use. Whether you decide to write a note or fill in the “To” and “From” blanks, we recommend using permanent or metallic markers.
Here are a few tips for printing the labels: Planning to tie the tags to your gifts? Download the PDF and print the pages you need on white card stock. After printing, trim each tag to size with scissors, then punch a hole at the top, thread your ribbon, yarn or twine through it and attach the tag to your gift.
Want to skip the ribbon and turn the tags into labels? Easy peasy! Print on 8.5” x 11” full-sheet label paper, then trim each tag to size and you’ve got gift labels! (Printing Tip: For best results, make sure you’re printing at 100% scale, or “actual size.” )
Merry Christmas, and happy gift giving!
Holly, jolly and socially distant, that’s the name of the game this Christmas season. We’ve rounded up some places in our community where you can go and safely continue favorite holiday traditions, along with a few ideas for making the most of the season at home with your family or roommates. Here’s to celebrating this year … maybe, especially this year.
Drive-Through Holiday Lights
This is the year for drive-through holiday light displays! Really, could they be any more perfect? There’s no getting out of the car required and plenty of dazzling holiday lights to see. Luckily, you can have your pick based upon where you live and how far you want to drive. There’s Radiance in Weatherford, Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie and Christmastime in Texas located in Joshua.
Walk-Through Holiday Lights
There are several places in the Metroplex where you can enjoy incredible light displays while keeping to the outdoors. Luminova at Globe Life Field is keeping crowds at a limited capacity so that you have space to wander through its three million lights of creative holiday landscapes. And don’t forget about The Modern Lights in Fort Worth! You can walk the grounds of The Modern off of University Drive and 7th Street after sunset and take in the incredible feat they’ve accomplished of wrapping every limb of every tree surrounding the museum.
Holiday in the Garden
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Christmas is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with Holiday in the Garden. There will be food trucks and live music (including the Fort Worth Opera who will be delivering strolling performances throughout the garden), an artisan market and a Christmas tree farm. It looks like an ideal day in Fort Worth for Christmas!
Watch The Nutcracker from home
This year instead of heading downtown to Bass Hall, you can take in the incredible leaps, spins and tricks of the Texas Ballet Theater from home! They will be streaming performances of The Nutcracker December 14-26. Sorry, no precipitation comes with the purchase of your tickets — you’ll have to find your own way for snow to magically fall from the ceiling … just like in Bass Hall!
Panther Island Ice
Panther Island Ice, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink, is open with limited capacity this year for all your Christmas-skating dreams come true. Reserving space for your group ahead of time is required, so make sure to plan out when you want to go this year.
The beloved drive-in theater is a great way to watch a holiday movie safely with others. Plan an outing with friends and park next to each other — you’ll still be watching together, but from your own car/bubble of space. You’ll want to check the theater’s website for updated showings. They play Christmas movies throughout the season.
I Love Christmas Movies at Gaylord Texan
Do you love classic Christmas movies? Then you may want to check out the Gaylord Texan’s new immersive Christmas experience. The exhibit, appropriately dubbed I Love Christmas Movies, has recreated famous movie scenes from the likes of Elf, The Polar Express, A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation that you can step right into and enjoy. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed throughout the experience.
Go big at home
What if you make this Christmas extra festive at home? You could make a plan for a special service project every week or a schedule of holiday recipes to try out. You could order Christmas pajamas for your whole crew, hang twinkle lights everywhere or have a virtual ugly Christmas sweater contest with your family over Zoom by using your leftover wrapping, bows, ribbon and such.
Christmas Eve at Christ Chapel’s Internet Campus
Are you looking for a way to celebrate on Christmas Eve? Christ Chapel’s Internet Campus is streaming services all afternoon and evening. You’ll get to mark the holiday with a community of friends, sing some holly jolly holiday songs and hear an encouraging message to send you off into Christmas Day. Plan to join us at live.ccbcfamily.org.
While you’re spending more time at home this holiday season, why not make a holiday bucket list for those long winter nights and weekends? Click below to download a bucket list.
Here are a few ideas to get you started: bake cinnamon rolls for neighbors, watch a favorite holiday movie, write and mail notes to family members you won’t be seeing over Christmas, go to a Christmas Eve service, make paper snowflakes.
Leave it to the internet to create some seriously delightful holiday scenes to play in the background of your day! While you’re busy at home working, cooking, helping your kids with school or just hanging out, any of these scenes are sure to bring some cheer and probably a few chuckles.
Snow-covered Mountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V37Q3l6AFAU
Sleigh Ride with Real Reindeer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dHETOyiE6U
Log Cabin with Crackling Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9caj-VdGzM
Christmas Village with Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjMLWXOK_vM
Captain America’s 1940s Living Room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBi29OnappU&feature=emb_title
Cat Riding a Roomba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1Xkt1E7PJY&feature=emb_title
8-Bit Yule Log: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSO-iitdc2k
Snowy Train Ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=facDr2lTAUM
Hulu Holiday Scenes: You’ll need a Hulu subscription to stream these, but Hulu has amassed a small army of holiday scenes to bring delight your way. Their collection includes a Gingerbread Home Remodel, a thrilling Thermostat War (a must-watch if you’ve ever worked in an office setting), a Puppy White Elephant Party and a Sap Story (yes, that’s sap falling out of a tree — it’s riveting and oh-so-soothing). Just look for the “Holiday” tab the next time you open Hulu.