Two Rivers has a long tradition of phenomenal music ministries. Two different adult choirs, a bell choir, a ukulele choir, free concerts, and community partnerships continue to enrich not only the Two Rivers congregation, but Rock Island and the Quad Cities as a whole.
The choir presents a musical offering every week in worship from September through May. Director Mark Swessinger leads rehearsals every Wednesday night from 7:30-9:00.
Matumaini means “Hope.” Our Hope Choir sings anthems and hymns in traditional African dialects. Usually Swahili, the group is made up of members who were born in East Africa, and have immigrated to the US, and have found a home at Two Rivers Church. They sing about once a month in worship.
A band of beginners have gotten together to learn this wonderful little instrument. No experience is necesarry to join them. No ukulele is required, either. You can use one of ours until you want to buy your own to practice. Rehearsals on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. We play on Sundays when ready.
The bell choir meets every Wednesday night from 6:00-7:00. Members are invited to come early for dinner in Epworth Hall at 5:30. The bell choir sets the tone for worship with a beautiful, melodic, peaceful prelude about once a month.
Youth and Kids Worship Arts
The kids and youth come together every Sunday at 11:15am for a time to be creative and worship God through the Arts. This time may include singing, acting, puppeteering, playing musical instruments, painting/drawing, etc. Their work that they do during this time is showcase periodically through out the year. In 2017, Two Rivers bought 8 ukuleles, and closed Sunday school year by forming their first Ukulele Choir.
Lenten Concert Series
Every Wednesday at 12:15pm in Lent features a concert. These free concerts offer a variety of musical genres. In 2017, the series included jazz, blues, choral, and classical music, with guests like Edgar Crockett, the Rock Island High School Chamber Choir, a harpist, and members of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra just to name a few.
In addition to the Lenten Concert Series, Two Rivers hosts various free concerts at other times as well. HoliMac, Heatherlyn, Ben Grace, Corey Kilgannon, and Emily Joy have all performed free concerts in recent years, and the church is always looking to host new artists.
Both the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra and the River Music Experience, two institutions in the Quad Cities, use the facilities within Two Rivers Church. QCYSO used the church for rehearsals for quite some time before growing too big for our space, and still use the facilities for auditions each year. The River Music Eperience uses the church for their Summer Rock Camps.