First Congregational Church

Camden, Maine

An open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ

Music Program

Music plays an integral role in our worship together. Each Sunday we celebrate and express our faith through the singing of hymns, choral music, organ and piano selections as well as other forms of ensemble contributions. As the purpose of music in our worship is great, we strive towards bringing understanding, spirit, and enjoyment to our commitment.


Our Choirs

The Sanctuary Choir

Under the direction of Matthew Mainster, the Sanctuary Choir is a volunteer adult choral ensemble that has a strong sense of community and purpose. The group can range anywhere from 15 to 23 members on any given Sunday, always with hearts to sing!

If you would like to make a joyful noise, please join us for rehearsal on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, from September through June.

Choral Bells

Also under the direction of Matthew Mainster, Choral Bells is our handbell ringing ensemble. The group rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, and plays during worship service once a month, generally on the third Sunday, from September through June. The group performs on three octaves of Schulmerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. The ringers share a great fellowship as we work together to create unique worship music.

Both of our choirs welcome new members. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Matthew Mainster, Director of Music.


Director of Music

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance, Piano Performance and Sacred Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. He went on to earn a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the Yale School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut. Matt has held Director of Music and/or Organist positions at several churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He was also formally on faculty at the Maryland Conservatory of Music.

Matt is currently teaching at Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport. In addition to his musical career, he has authored five novels for children and two for adults, some of which are available on

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