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).
9:00 AM – Oasis(Held in the Activity Building)Come find your renewal at Oasis! Oasis is a contemporary service featuring modern worship songs lead by a live band. Holy communion is served monthly. Be sure to check Oasis out on Facebook and Instagram at @oasisilm
11:00 AM – Traditional Service(Held in the Sanctuary) Our traditional service features hymns and inspiring anthems sung by our Chancel Choir, as well as occasional musical pieces by our Hand Bell Choir and other instrumentalists. While the service is a more formal style, you are invited to “come as you are” to celebrate God’s presence and love for us all. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.
Kids’ Worship[Postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions](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 & ChoralThe 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. 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, 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: Elizabeth Lemaster ElizabethL@welcometowesley.com (910) 791-4092, ext 105
ModernThe Oasis 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. Volunteers who love to run lights, camera, and/or sound are also greatly appreciated and needed. If you love leading others in worship, are a gifted or beginning musician, wanting to help out behind the scenes, and are willing to share your talents, please contact: Dillon Frazier email@example.com (910) 791-4092, ext 103
OutreachAt 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