Music Ministry

We provide music at all of our worship services. Those providing music are very talented with varying styles. Those groups are as follows:

Sunday Break Praise Band

The Sunday Break Praise Band, led by Jim Russell, is a group of individuals, vocalists, and instrumentalists who come together to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God to anyone who will listen. We welcome those who are interested in doing the same to join us. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

We play and sing Christian music, mostly contemporary, but sometimes traditional, covering a wide variety of styles. We help lead worship at the 9:00 am Sunday Break service and sometimes at combined services.  We are fortunate sometimes to even take our music outside the walls of the church building to various other worship opportunities.

OutCross Band

 The Outcross band brings it with a higher energy of music for the Saturday Night service at 5:00pm. Wanting to share our Lord’s blessing of music and faith with others.
Experienced rock ‘n rollers Tharon Smart, lead guitar and vocals; Syd Kidder on bass guitar; Jay Hillyard, drums and vocals; and from the millennial generation, Kayla Hillyard on keyboard and vocals. Performing a mixture of contemporary christian songs you will know from the radio, and many other originals by the band. Our songs all have a meaning and a message, ranging from the softer side with three part harmonies, to driving rock style and everything in between, all interpreted in sign language by Judy Hillyard.


Phyllis Bailey serves as our organist for the 11:00 am Sunday morning traditional Sanctuary service and also plays for funerals and weddings in our church.

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir, led by Philip Mann, sings primarily for our 11:00 am worship service. Its purpose is to lead the congregation in singing and to provide special music for the service. We are responsible for a Choral Call to Worship and an Anthem. The Sanctuary Choir is a group of dedicated, loyal people – many of whom have been choir members for many years.  Our music is chosen to coincide with the lectionary and theme for that Sunday. Our goal is to help bring a message to the congregation and to lift their spirits. Other services we are responsible for are Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday.

We invite anyone who would like to sing to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.

Gabriel’s Bunch

Gabriel’s Bunch is an instrumental ensemble that plays regularly for our traditional Sanctuary service. Under the direction of Philip Mann, the group provides a ministry of music and accompanies the hymns on the Sundays they perform. They rehearse Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm and welcome new members at any time.

Memorial Ringers

The Memorial Ringers rehearse under the direction of Mary Anne Cooper on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. We perform one Sunday a month, usually the third Sunday, at the traditional Sanctuary service.  We welcome anyone who is interested in ringing to join us Wednesday evenings.  We do welcome suggestions on musical pieces from the congregation.

open hearts. open minds. open doors.

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Worship Times

Saturday Night | 5:00 PM Sunday Break | 9:00 AM Traditional Worship | 11:00 AM