Music Ministry

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. – Psalm 100:1

It’s true – Methodists love to sing! And we are no different here at Coralville UMC. Music is a vital part of our worship experience and one of the many ways we offer praise, love and thanks to God. It gives all who are gathered an opportunity to fully participate in worship, together in one common voice.

Notice that the Psalmist says “make a joyful noise”, not “make a perfect noise”! If you love music and want to share your God-given gifts – whether for one week, a few weeks or every week, we would love to have you join us! Contact Karen in our church office at, and she will connect you to one of our music leaders.

Coralville UMC music ministries include:

Contemporary Music
Our contemporary music team skillfully blends a wide range of styles into our worship service, from newer praise songs, both upbeat and contemplative, to familiar hymns presented in fresh settings. Alternative instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, keyboard, and occasional drums.

Celebration Choir
The Celebration Choir is a dedicated group of singers who generously share their musical gifts to enhance our weekly worship. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm. 

Bell Choir
Our hand bell choir represents a rich and beloved musical tradition which is featured in worship during the Christmas and Easter season and other special occasions. They meet for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 pm, September through June.

Alleluia Choir
All children in grades 1-6 are welcome in the Alleluia Choir. The group meets every Thursday evening at 5 pm to learn and practice music and to participate in other fun activities. Their enthusiastic voices can be heard in worship several times throughout the school year.

What's New

Come worship with us!

Palm Sunday – March 25, 9:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday – March 29, 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae service with Communion

Easter Sunday – April 1:

8:30 a.m. Traditional with Choir Cantata

10:00 a.m. Contemporary with Praise Band

1:00 p.m. African (in Swahili)

The power of Easter comes through the events of the last week of Jesus's life - and we invite you to experience that journey with us at CUMC. To begin, join us on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. for Palm Sunday worship! We will have a palm parade and celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, even as we prepare ourselves to walk with him during Holy Week.

Children, join us on Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (between worship services) for an Easter egg hunt! Bring your egg-hunting skills and a basket to collect your eggs in.

This Lenten season we are reading The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, an in-depth look at the Gospel of Mark’s account of the week leading up to Easter. Sermons in Lent will also follow the readings.

Did you know that CUMC has a vital African ministry?