Music is the heart and soul of FUMCOG and central to our worship experience. From congregational singing to music from our 4 manual pipe organ, baby grand piano and 50 bell carillon, we experience a wide range of music.

     Our Chancel Choir is comprised of volunteers and four professional section leaders.   Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:30-9:15PM, and Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:30AM.  Anyone who wants to lift voices in song is encouraged to come and sing  with us - we would love to have you! 

     Throughout the year different groups of musicians from the congregation provide alternative music, from folk to gospel and blues. We have also experienced Taize worship traditions.

Special Programs

FUMCOG presents a number of special programs and worship services throughout the year.  One Advent highlight is Candlelight, which features organ, choral and carillon music of the season.  A series of Sunday afternoon concerts have featured jazz, organ and other music styles over the years.  Many visiting choirs (such as Soweto Women’s Choir, Morgan State Choir, Settlement Children’s Choirs) have filled our worship space with beautiful music. At Halloween, silent films with organ accompaniment have entertained the neighborhood.

Shelmerdine Memorial Carillon

A cast bell mechanical carillon of 50 bells resides in the church tower.  Cast by John Taylor and Sons of Loughborough England in 1927, this instrument is played monthly before worship.  There is a summer recital series, usually running for 4 weeks in July on Monday evenings, which features guest carillonneurs from around the world.  The resident carillonneur is Janet Tebbel, who has served in that position since 1979.  She may be contacted at

Dr. Edwin Heilakka Choral Scholar

FUMCOG is pleased to offer an opportunity to a talented vocal student who is in high school or college to sing with our Chancel Choir. The scholar will gain musical experience, earn a valuable reference, and earn a small stipend. If you are interested in donating to this memorial, please contact FUMCOG Office Manager Jeanna Murat <>

First United Methodist Church of Germantown
6001 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
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