Music Ministries

Churchyard: Gospel Bluegrass Band

Performing 1st Sunday of each month.

Churchyard was started in 2003 and is a highly sought regional bluegrass group frequently traveling and playing at area churches and other venues in north central Minnesota around the Brainerd Lakes area.

Churchyard is best known for high quality harmony vocals backing solid lead singing featuring nearly everyone in the band. Different vocal and instrumental talent combine in a myriad of different ways to provide a wide variety of music enjoyment.

Hallelujah Handbells: Adult Handbell Choir

Hallelujah Handbells 5-8-16 - 4Performing the 2nd Sunday of the month.

The Hallelujah Handbell Choir is an adult handbell choir that is made up of members of Immanuel.


. . . . in Handbell Ministry

September 2017

Fall is fast approaching and that means practices will soon begin for the handbell choirs. This summer some of the Chapel Chimers were able to come to my Rabbit Lake home for an afternoon of swimming, balancing on the aqua glide and riding the paddle boat. The day was beautiful and it was enjoyable to hear all of the laughter.

The Chapel Chimers will begin practice this fall on Wednesday, September 6 at 3:30. They will meet on Wednesdays, at the church, in the months of September through December and again in April and May. This year they will get together at 3:30 and stay until 4:45. Those extra 15 minutes will give us more time to practice after their snack break and marking their music. The Chimers have position openings for sever-al more ringers to join their group. If you have a son or daughter in grades 3-8, or have a mature 2nd grader who would like to participate and learn how to ring the chimes and bells, please contact Judy Kirchoff at 218-546-2804 or at

The Hallelujah Bell Choir had a farewell gathering in August for Joanna Pierce, which was hosted by the Jacobsons. Joanna is a charter member of the bell choir which began in November 2009. We thank her for her dedication to the Handbell Ministry these past 8 years and wish her many blessings in this new chapter of her life when she leaves our community in October.

Our practices began in August, and we will practice every Tuesday from 5:00 until 6:30. The adult bell choir is looking for ad-ditional subs for members who are absent due to illness or other commitments. If you have some musical knowledge and have an interest in learning more about ringing bells, please contact Judy Kirchoff at 218-546-2804 or

I have been looking at Christmas music for the bells which has a vocal choir participation. In past years we have had a bell/vocal choir performance in the month of June. At this time, I need to know how many of you vocalists would be available to sing on December 10, which is the second Sunday of that month. Please give me a call if you are available and, if we have enough for a choir, I will order the music. Thank you for your interest in this and for sharing your talents with Immanuel.

Ringing our Praise,

Judy Kirchoff, Director


Wing & A Prayer: Contemporary Band

Performing the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Wing & A Prayer 5-15-16 - 5Wing & A Prayer is a contemporary worship band that is made up of members of Immanuel that enjoy playing and singing contemporary worship music. If you are interested in singing with this group, please contact Pastor Paul Mattson.

Chapel Chimers: Children’s Chime Choir
Performing the 4th Sunday of the month

The Chapel Chimers 5-18-16 - 4Chapel Chimers are a youth choir playing both chimes and bells.  Currently we have 9 girls and 1 boy attending.  Practices are on Wednesday afternoons from 3:25 – 4:30 in the sanctuary.  The Chimers begin with a light snack after school and practice for 45 minutes.

We practice in the months of September through December and again in April and May and perform in church when everyone is available to play.  This is an enthusiastic group who have learned the musical notes very quickly.  If you have a son or daughter who is in grades 3 through 12 and would like to join the Chapel Chimers, please give the director or the church office a call.

If your son or daughter would like to play the chimes and practice with us on Wednesday afternoons this fall, please contact Judy Kirchoff at 218-546-2804.