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The Music Ministries of Centenary United Methodist Church are a vital part of our church life, offering all styles of church music for all ages. We seek to honor, worship, and glorify God with our musical offerings. Please know that all are welcome and we look forward to worshiping

God together through music.

For more information, please contact the Music Ministries office at 252-637-4181, ext 105 or

click the envelope to send an email.


Our Chapel Choir leads our worship each Sunday morning for the 8:30 a.m. service. This group of mixed voices shares their love of historic hymns and sacred songs through music in an intimate chapel setting. This ensemble rehearses Sunday afternoons with the Sanctuary choir in the choir room on the 2nd floor of the Education Building (handicap accessible).  If you are interested in becoming a part of the Chapel Choir, you are welcome to join at any time during the year.

Xperience Praise Team

The praise team is an exuberant group of musicians that leads musical worship at the Xperience Worship Service (9:00 A.M.). Patrick Riddick leads the ensemble.  For information about joining, please contact Patrick.


Our Sanctuary Choir leads worship each Sunday morning in our 11:00 a.m. service. This choir is open to adults who feel a call to serve God through the musical gifts He has given them. The choir sings a variety of styles from hymns that reflect our heritage as well as the latest Sacred choral works. This group also presents several special programs throughout the year and sings for community events. They meet on Sunday afternoons with the Chapel Choir in the choir room located on the 2nd floor of the Education Building (handicap accessible). If you are interested in becoming a part of the Sanctuary Choir, you are welcome to join at any time during the year.

Handbells with sheet of music ready for

The Carillon Choir at Centenary is a choir utilizing 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells. It is a mixed group of youth and adults. Within this group, there are smaller performing groups that ring as ensembles or as a solo ring. The group shares in Worship one Sunday a month during the 11:00 a.m. service. In addition, Carillon Choir participates annually in the Capital Area Handbell Festival. The handbells practice on Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary.


The Children’s Choir Ministry provides children ages 4 through 11 with the opportunity to grow spiritually and musically. All music is chosen with the goal of leading children to a growing faith in Jesus Christ.  The music they sing and play will help them explore their gifts, talents and abilities. Centenary has a full set of Orff instruments which the children sometimes play as they sing. The Children’s choir will share in worship on various Sundays throughout the year and a Spring Musical. The Children’s choirs meet on Wednesday evenings on the 2nd floor of the Educational Building.

Youth Choir

The Youth choir is a time for youth ages 12-18 to share their love of Christ and grow in their faith through music. This ensemble will share in Worship throughout the year, as well as on special Sundays, such as Youth Sunday and Senior High Recognition Sunday. This group may also be accompanied by other youth playing such instruments as guitar, drums, violin and flute. This group rehearses on Wednesday evenings. 

Faith We Sing Ensemble

This Ensemble enjoys leading in Worship through the wonderful praise and worship songs of our faith. Rehearsals are every other Thursday in the Sanctuary. For more information, please contact Steve Russ at 703-405-4185.

Ladies' Ensemble

Ladies' Ensemble meets on Wednesday afternoon in the choir room.

Men's Ensemble

Men's Ensemble meets on Wednesday afternoon in the choir room.

Centenary Instrumental Ensemble

The Centenary UMC Brass enjoy playing in worship on special occasions. They enjoy accompanying congregational songs as well as performing solo pieces. For more information, please contact the Music Ministries office: 252-637-4181, Ext. 105.

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Audio-Visual Team

This Team controls sound and projector for the 8:30, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services and assists with live streaming  on alternate Sundays. Training provided.

Centenary Carillon


The carillon is an extraordinary musical instrument. Its history is as rich as it is long. The carillon produces the beautiful chime and bell music that one hears coming from bell towers around the world. Centenary added its carillon in 2004. Carillons are traditionally a set of bells composed of at least 23 bells, arranged in chromatic sequence, and tuned for concordant harmony and hung in a tower that connects to a keyboard. Centenary's carillon is electronic and comes with preinstalled carillons, bells, and chimes, but can also be programmed for custom songs on special occasions. Centenary plays its carillon for weddings, funerals, church services, and is programmed to play the Westminster chimes and bell strikes to announce the hour.

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