Worship At Wesley Memorial

Why do we worship? We believe that God has given all living creatures life, breath, and everything they need (Acts 14:17), and that it is only by the grace of God that we are who are (1 Corinthians 15:10). Because of God’s loving kindness (Ephesians 2:4-7), we have been given new life through Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit empowers us as Christ’s followers to love one another (John 13:34) and to love God with all that we are (Mark 12:30). Our God is life-giving, gracious, kind, holy, and deeply loving – because of these truths, we seek to be people of worship, praise, prayer, and thankfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

At Wesley Memorial, we are people who gather together regularly to proclaim our love, deep respect, and gratefulness for God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We worship God in many different ways, including the regular celebration of Holy Communion, traditional and modern music, children’s and adult choirs, the accompaniment of brass and string ensembles, liturgical dance, and the visual arts, and we are always open to new forms of giving God thanks and praise.

Why do we worship? We believe that God has given all living creatures life, breath, and everything they need (Acts 14:17), and that it is only by the grace of God that we are who are (1 Corinthians 15:10). Because of God’s loving kindness (Ephesians 2:4-7), we have been given new life through Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit empowers us as Christ’s followers to love one another (John 13:34) and to love God with all that we are (Mark 12:30). Our God is life-giving, gracious, kind, holy, and deeply loving – because of these truths, we seek to be people of worship, praise, prayer, and thankfulness (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

8:45 AM – The Lighthouse

(Held in the Activity Building)
At The Lighthouse Service, we love to begin our Sundays with thanksgiving. This multi-generational worship service gathers to celebrate regular (monthly) Holy Communion, learn from weekly preaching from the Biblical texts, and to sing praise songs along with an energetic live band. It’s a casual environment, so please be comfortable, and be sure to arrive early in order to connect, sip some coffee, and enjoy refreshments with others!

11:00 AM – Traditional Service

(Held in the Sanctuary)
At our Traditional Service, you can find people giving worship to God through regular (monthly) celebration of Holy Communion, choral singing and solos, piano and organ, hand bells and string ensembles, congregational singing from the United Methodist Hymnal, and participation in traditional Christian liturgies that include the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed. You’ll find that the pastors, acolytes, and choir members who assist in leading this multi-generational worship service all wear robes, but feel comfortable to come as you are for this time of worship!

Kids’ Worship

(Held in Room 105 of the Education Wing in the Sanctuary building)
On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday mornings of the month, we have Kids’ Worship available for children (ages 4 -2nd grade) during both worship services. In Kids’ Worship, we encourage biblical knowledge and imagination through Godly Play, exploring the stories of Scripture in simple and powerful ways. Your children are more than welcome to worship with you, but please know that Kids’ Worship is available to them!

Traditional & Choral

The Chancel Choir is the heart of the traditional music program at Wesley and provides leadership for the 11:00 AM worship service each week. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evening from 6:30-7:45 PM., with childcare provided.  Our choral ministry has a musical repertoire that spans the centuries, ranging from classical choral masterworks to jazz, contemporary, and gospel. We also welcome CFCC and UNCW college students as Choral Scholars during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer months, our 11:00 AM worship service features a jazz/Gospel style of music led by Wesley Memorial’s New Song choir (made up of vocalists who enjoy singing music with a more contemporary style).

The Wesley Ringers are a five-octave handbell group that assists the Chancel Choir in the 11:00 AM worship service; at times, they also play a three-octave set of Schulmerich hand chimes. They rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30-6:30 PM (childcare is provided), and while the ability to read music is not a requirement for participation, it is strongly encouraged.

On Sundays at 5:00 PM, our Children’s Choirs meet to practice. These choirs are open to children aged 4 years through 5th grade, and participate in a number of worship opportunities throughout the year.

For more information about the Chancel Choir, New Song Choir, Wesley Ringers, or other traditional music opportunities, please contact:
Dr. Bettsy Curtis
Bettsyc@welcometowesley.com
(910) 791-4092, ext 119

For more information about the Children’s Choirs, please contact:
Kelli Kosuda Tingen
Kellit@welcometowesley.com
(910) 791-4092, ext 105

Modern

The Lighthouse Service at Wesley Memorial involves a large number of volunteer youth, college, and adult musicians who have a passion for helping to lead others in transformative modern/contemporary forms of worship. There are worship bands for a wide variety of ages, and each includes vocalists, keyboard players, those who play electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, and drums. If your band is leading worship on a given Sunday, the band typically practices on the Saturday prior to Sunday worship. Volunteers who love to run lights and sound are also greatly appreciated. If you love leading others in worship, are a gifted or beginning musician, and are willing to share your talents, please contact:
Trae Setzer
Traes@welcometowesley.com
(910) 791-4092, ext 103

Outreach

At Wesley Memorial, we understand music to be both an expression of God’s grace and beauty and a means of enriching life while promoting a wider sense of community. We love the power that music and theatre have to engage the hearts and minds of people, and are grateful to offer opportunities for both as a means of outreach to the local Wilmington community.

Started in 2012, Concerts on College is an annual series of concerts, held at and supported by Wesley Memorial, that provide a venue for outstanding musical performers (both local and state-wide). Concerts have included classical, African-American, and jazz traditions, featuring both sacred and secular music. Concerts are free and open to the public. For a list of upcoming Concerts on College, please visit the Concerts on College Facebook page.

Wesley Memorial also occasionally has opportunities for interested persons, both those within our church and within the greater Wilmington community, to participate in diverse, fun, and engaging theatre productions.

If you want more information about Concerts on College or have interest in theatre at Wesley Memorial, please contact:
Dr. Bettsy Curtis
Bettsyc@welcometowesley.com
(910) 791-4092, ext 119