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 Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the choir room on the second 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 (8:50 A.M.).  The praise team practices on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 P. M. in the Sanctuary.  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 Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the choir room located upstairs in 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.


The Carillon Choir at Centenary is a choir utilizing 5 octaves of Schulmerich handbells. It is a mixed group of students and adults. Within this group, there are smaller performing groups that ring as ensembles or solo ring. The group performs on various Sundays during the 11:00 a.m. service. In addition, Carillon Choir participates in the Capital Area Handbell Festival annually. The handbells practice on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.


The Children’s Choir Ministry provides children ages 4 through 5th grade 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. All Children’s choirs meet on Wednesday evenings at 5 p.m.

Centenary UMC Brass

The Centenary UMC Brass enjoy playing in worship on special occasions. They enjoy accompanying congregational songs as well as performing solo pieces. They rehearse in the Church Parlor on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Audio-Visual Team

This This Team controls sound for 8:50 and 11:00 services, as well as running power pointfor the 8:50 service. The team will be trained and alternates Sundays with other team members.

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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Centenary United Methodist Church

309 New Street, New Bern, NC, 28560 

P.O. Box 1388, New Bern, NC 28563

Phone: 252.637.4181

Fax: 252.637.5602


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