WHAT TO EXPECT

Our 9:30am service is designed to reinforce our core values of love, acceptance, inclusion, redemption, mercy and equity. These values, exhibited and preached upon by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, are reflected in our music, sermon and church news and updates. We aim to connect and build relationships before, during and after our service.

Upon arrival to our church you will be greeted with a smile and a worship bulletin. You’ll be directed to the sanctuary. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive worship space!

Each service features a sermon, based on scripture, designed to better understand these passages and to reach forward to today’s times to give us guidance, hope and a challenge. Music is both contemporary and traditional, with our choir and church musicians playing live and meaningful music. We also occasionally feature solo voice and instrumental works. 

Children’s Time is a regular service feature where we share God’s good news through stories and examples. After this, young children can go to our education wing if desired, with adult supervision. Our news and updates allow us to hear of ongoing missions and ways to support those less fortunate in our community.

Following the service we offer coffee and refreshments, in a designated time to build relationships with one another. Our Faith in Life educational series is offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring and features interesting and important topics of discussion and learning. Occasionally we have a special class and/or luncheon available.

We think you’ll enjoy our intentional and inclusive approach to worship!

MUSIC IN WORSHIP

As we seek to glorify God, the Psalmist instructs us to make a joyful noise! Music is an important way we do this during worship.


We employ a blend of traditional and contemporary music, singing both hymns and praise songs during most services. It is important to enjoy both old musical favorites and new expressions of our faith — almost anyone can find something to like as they meditate on the day’s message. In this way, we will never stop growing, either spiritually or musically. We like to emphasize participation, and seek to highlight the talents of church members and those in our community. On any given Sunday, in addition to congregational singing, you might encounter performances from the choir, handbells, or other instruments. The music ministry offers rich opportunities for fellowship. Nothing draws us into community closer than the joy of preparing to lead worship.

Choir
The choir is an integral part of weekly worship. The choir leads all congregational music and offers periodic special music. Anyone is welcome to join, whether for a trial rehearsal or to claim preferential seating in worship. No previous musical knowledge or experience is required; only a good attitude and a willingness to learn. For more information, contact Kayla Jarvis.

Worship Band
The worship band features an ecclectic mix of hymns, classic and contemporary worship music, as well as folk-style worship music. We regularly include piano/keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, mandolin, and accordion and always welcome other musicians. The worship band typically rehearses Wednesday evenings at 5:30 P.M. For more information, contact Kayla Jarvis.

New Hanover Ringers
The New Hanover Ringers is a group of musically eclectic individuals united for a common purpose – to ring for the glory of God and provide musical offerings to the congregation. We currently ring two octaves of Malmark bells and handchimes, but have room for more members, as the church owns three and a half octaves. No musical experience is necessary, but you should be able to commit to rehearsals on a regular basis. For more information contact Pam O’Brien.

Previous Worship Services

Where Bones Live

This Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Pentecost Sunday

Scripture:

Acts 2:1-21

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The valley of dry bones could not stay just dry or just bones: when the Spirit of God upon them new life infused them. We must expect God’s new life to transform us in ways we cannot imagine.

 

Wherever the Spirit Falls

This Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 9:30 AM

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Scripture:

Acts 10: 44-48

John 15: 9-17

1 John 5: 1-6

 

The Jews who loved Jesus were amazed that Jesus would love anyone except them. Are we caught in the same trap of exclusivity?

 

Making the Profane Sacred

This Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 9:30 AM

The Sixth Sunday in Easter

Scripture:

 

Acts 10:9-29

Psalm 1 

1 John 5:9-13

 

Peter the Apostle learned that God’s great work accomplished in Christ was the making of the profane sacred. Do we still believe that is possible?

 

Finally a Member of the Family

This Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 9:30 AM

The Fifth Sunday in Easter

Scripture:

1 John 4:7-21 

Acts 8:26-40

The task of the church is to find the frontiers of faith where those in greatest need are found.

 

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