We believe that the music we play and sing, as an expression of our faith, is both a gift from God and an offering to God.

The music and arts ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest seeks to uplift the congregation in worship and in life through a diverse selection of music that speaks to the minds and hearts of all generations. We celebrate the value of both the old and the new.

Sanctuary Choir

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Our Sanctuary Choir will remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future, but as worship moves inside in October, we would love participation from our congregational musicians. Soloists or instrumentalists, small ensembles, or even bands. Please contact Tom Tropp at ttropp@FirstChurchLF.org.

Adult and Youth Handbell Choirs

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First Presbyterian’s music ministry offers two adult handbell choirs and one for all ages!

Lakeminster Ringers meet on Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Chancel Bells meet on Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

NEW! Back-to-Basics Bells meets on Wednesdays, 4:00 to 4:30 PM. All the bell ringing basics will be taught to you. Who can join? YOU can join…Adults, Youth, Children Grades 3 and up.

Contact Dr. Barry Wenger at bwenger@firstchurchlf.org to learn more about the bell choirs.

Children’s Choirs

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Our children’s choirs welcome children age 4 through 8th grade. We meet on Tuesday afternoons, making music while performing short scripts from Bible stories. Playing new instruments and creating characters will be our focus as we celebrate the events of the church year in our small groups. Sign up here to attend one of the rehearsals! We are currently limiting each session to six children for everyone's safety.

Contact Susan Noble, Director of Children’s Music, at snoble@firstchurchlf.org for more information.

First Presbyterian Church Music Tours

Over the past 40 years, our singers and ringers have had the chance to witness God's love in Jesus Christ on various music tours.

  • 1979 Scotland (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1982 Germany & Switzerland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1985 England & Wales (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1988 England (LakeminsterRingers)
  • 1991 Canadian Maritimes (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1992 Wales & Ireland (Lakeminster Ringers)
  • 1996 Prague, Vienna, Budapest (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 1999 Poland & Germany (Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2007 Italy (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2011 Ireland & Northern Ireland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2014 Latvia, Estonia & Finland (Lakeminster Ringers and Sanctuary Choir)
  • 2019 Netherlands (Lakeminster Ringers)