What You Can Expect
At both of our weekly worship services you will find members and visitors of a variety of ages and backgrounds. Some members have been with us for more than 20 years; others are recent transplants to Carolina Beach. Among other things, the worship service includes readings from the Bible, a sermon and children’s sermon, songs, offering, and silent prayer. You can click here to take a look at a sample bulletin.
Children ages 0 – 4 can participate in the Christian education offered in the nursery during the Sunday School hour (9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.) while parents participate in adult classes. The nursery is also available during both worship services.
Kindergarten – 2nd grade children can stay with their parents in worship until the Children’s Sermon which is usually about 15 minutes into the service. After the Children’s Sermon children may either stay in the sanctuary with their parents or go with our volunteers to participate in Children’s Worship, which is a kid-friendly Bible Study time which usually uses the same Scripture readings as the worship service.
Children older than 2nd grade are ordinarily invited to stay in the worship service with their parents, but we have been known to make exceptions at a parent’s request for children who are right on the line or just over the line and would still like to participate in Children’s Worship.
We offer children’s worship bags with a children’s bulletin, crayons, and other items to help children to be comfortable during the service. These can be picked up at the sanctuary front door and are returned after the service.
We strive to make our music as excellent and diverse as our talents and resources will allow. Our worship includes hymns, songs, Psalms, and sung responses. We use the PCUSA’s Glory to God hymnal and fold in older hymns as well as newer praise songs and contemporary music. The choir sings an anthem at the 11am service and music is ordinarily performed by our Director of Music on piano or organ. But don’t be surprised if you find the Topsail Strings band singing Blue Grass or our friends in the group Stealing Time singing folk or gospel songs. We’ve also had members of the congregation play violin or guitar to accompany songs throughout the year. At least twice a year, the choir will perform a cantata or other special musical offering with the help of other area musicians on string bass, percussion and drum set, bass guitar, violin, guitar, or brass instruments.