Music + Worship

The music ministry of FUMC strives to be a place for all. From children to adult there is a place for you.


Choirs, bells, bands, community outreach options, you need it, we have it. Along with a passion, we love to be ministers to our congregation. We are the music makers!

Chancel_Choir at First Church Downtown Little Rock

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a non-audition choir that sings from mid-August until the following July in the 11:00 am worship service. Rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Choir Room. They sing all but one Sunday month from September until May. 

Chancel_Choir at First Church Downtown Little Rock

The Ensemble Choir

The Ensemble Choir is a non-audition choir that sings once a month for the 11:00 am service from September to May. It rehearses 7 to 8:30 pm. Thursdays in the homes of its members. 

First_Word_Praise_Team at First Church Downtown Little Rock

First Word Praise Team

Adults may also participate in the First Word Praise Team, either as singers or as instrumentalists. This group serves throughout the year for the First Word Contemporary Service at 9:00 am in the Cokesbury Center. 

Center Street Ringers UMC Downtown Little Rock

Center Street Ringers

The Ministry of Music and Worship Arts is proud of our handbell ensemble Center Street Ringers, formally known as the Sanctuary Bells. This ensemble of handbell ringers is open to all youth and adults who do and do not read music! This group meets at 5:30 pm on Wednesday nights in room 250. Center Street Ringers play throughout the year and ring in all of our services.  Schulmerich and White Chapel bells are used.   

Acolyte at First Church Downtown Little Rock


Each year, children and adults are invited to attend acolyte training. Acolytes assist in worship during the 11:00 a.m. worship service and on religious holidays.  Learning how to serve the church is an honor and an important step in each child’s faith development.

Contact James Stanley at 

image of children singing at first church downtown little rock

The Children's Choir

Children’s choir is for children ages 3 to 5th grade and takes place on the first floor in the Kids Theater room, 138, just down the hall from the casual worship space, First Word, and the gym.  We meet at 9:42 every Sunday morning with Kyle Linson, our Director of Music and Worship Arts.  We are blessed to have access to instruments as well!  We are always reworking old hymns, learning seasonal music or music appreciation in general.  This special time together is not only fun making a joyful noise but a time when we reflect and remember that we are compelled to “Be respectful and Make Good Choices”.  This is a precious song that we sing as a warm up each Sunday and it simply reminds us that we are blessed to be a blessing to ourselves, each other, our church and the world.  The children are often invited to sing in our late worship, First Tradition, especially around the holiday.  

image of first arts at united methodist church in downtown little rock

First Arts

As a vital component of FUMC’s THRIVE initiative, the First Arts program endeavors to provide quality arts education for downtown children. For ten weeks in the Spring and again in the Fall, our church building transforms each Tuesday and Thursday into a conservatory where students have the opportunity to receive private instruction in music or take classes in visual art and theater. First Arts also partners with the Arkansas Arts Center to enrich the curriculum of Booker Magnet’s fine arts programs. For more information about this exciting and expanding ministry, please contact James Stanley, Associate Director for Music and Arts.