Worship & Music
Styles & Times
SUMMER SCHEDULE—Sunday 10:00am Memorial Day weekend—Labor Day Weekend and Wednesday 6:30 pm
Sunday 8:30am—TRADITIONAL worship offers liturgy, organ, and choir with a fresh feel
Sunday 10:30am—BLENDED worship, a unique mix of modern and traditional services
Wednesday 6:30—CONTEMPORARY worship led by a band with an upbeat experience
Children in the Pews
Adults sometimes wonder why people bring little children to church. Actually, bringing children into the sanctuary is something like letting them eat at the dinner table. Even though their manners are far from elegant, it is done in the hope that, given time, they’ll begin to feel part of the family.
Children giggle, they wiggle, and they swing their legs simply because they are children. But they also sing, pray, and worship with us. So, this page is written to suggest that we as adults should accept – even welcome, value, and smile at the children’s restlessness during worship, trusting that they are also learning.
That it’s important to come to this place each Sunday/Wednesday That they belong to this special company of people, That this is a safe place to be and that they are valued and loved, That the sights and sounds of the sanctuary are good, though not always understandable, That something is expected of them in this place and that they may respond in song, prayer and offering.
Bringing a child to church can be challenging. But then again, so are many other facets of parenting, and the rewards are well worth the effort. We must remember that children belong to the church too, and many of us learned to love the church by being there as children. Children belong to God and, while they may not participate in worship in the same ways adults do, they are growing in understanding and learning to take their places in the church family.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14
Our nursery is staffed by a caring adult during worship and Church School hours, and is located just inside the North entry.
Sundays 9:45—11:10 AM
Wednesdays 6:15—7:20 PM
- Children 5 years and under
- Parents must bring children, and sign them in
- Please do not send your child to the nursery if they have had any of the following in the last 24 hours: fever of 101 or above, two or more diarrhea stools, vomiting, drainage of the eye or nose that is discolored, and watery eyes that are red and draining
- Please provide diapers if needed by your child
Greeters, scripture readers, communion servers:
Worship is not the work of any one person, but is truly the work of the community! We are grateful for many volunteers who help provide a friendly greeting at the door on Sunday mornings, read Scripture in worship, or help serve communion to the congregation. If you would like to get involved, please check out our Worship and Music Kiosk and sign up to help.
If you have questions, please contact our Director of Worship and Music, Joanne.
Music Ministry Opportunities
+ CHANCEL CHOIR INVITES YOU TO “BE UP FRONT WITH US”:
Join us Sundays at our 8 AM rehearsal to sing simple, worshipful anthems at 8:30 AM worship.
+ SUNDAY PRAISE TEAM:
We are always searching for new vocalists and instrumentalists (drummers, guitar players, etc.) to add to the Sunday 10:30 AM mix of musicians! We rehearse on Sundays at 9:30 AM.
+ WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAISE BAND
A progressive and intimate Christian music experience. With currently eight highly experienced ensemble members, we are always seeking to worship with new passionate musicians who sing or play the guitar, keyboard drums, or other instruments. Contact Andrew Miller Wednesday Night Praise Band is a progressive and intimate Christian music experience. With currently eight highly experienced ensemble members, we are always seeking to worship with new passionate musicians who sing or play the guitar, keyboard, drums, bass, or other instruments. Contact Andrew Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (218) 851-5828 to get plugged in!
+ HANDBELLS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE:
The festive sound of bells and brass is always a welcome addition to worship! If you have ever played an instrument, bells are easy to learn to play. There is a weekly rehearsal for bells. Our brass players rehearse seasonally for Christmas and Easter services.
+ CANTATA SUNDAY
Occurs each year on Palm Sunday. We begin rehearsals several weeks prior to this event. For more information, go to “News and Events” on our Home page and click on Musical Opportunities.
+YOUTH IN THE ARTS
Is a springtime emphasis where young singers, pianists, and instrumentalists are encouraged to volunteer their musical accomplishments as special music for worship.
Please contact Joanne Swonger for more information on how to share your musical gifts.