Coordinator: Marcia Dodd
The Worship Committee’s mission is to prepare, equip and support the congregation to be an informed and engaged worship community in order to create a welcoming and fulfilling experience.
“The Lord is in this place . . .” Genesis 28:16
Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God. In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives. As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed. In worship, the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.
We are committed to supporting the worship of the church in order to create a welcoming and worshipful experience for all who attend. The support units are the Music Committee, Ushers & Greeters, Flower Guild, Communion Preparation, Audio & Lights, and Children’s Sermons.
Ushers and Greeters
At SIPC we strive to provide an environment of true community where people feel welcomed, loved and accepted just as they are. We can offer every person who walks through the door on Sunday morning a warm smile, a firm handshake, and a kind word.
Dick Shomaker coordinates ushering teams monthly. We have recently had the good fortune to have the Youth usher on the 4th Sunday of each month. Please contact Dick Shomaker if you are interested in serving as an usher.
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth, make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Psalm 98:4
The goal for all the musical groups and programs associated with our worship at Skidaway Island Presbyterian is the same: to allow and encourage each member to participate with his or her talents to the best of his or her ability to honor and praise God. There are opportunities in music at Skidaway Island Presbyterian for everyone! We hope you will join with us in making a “Joyful noise!”
Adult Choir – Beginning in the old firehouse in 1978, the adult choir provided support for congregational singing. By 1979, Mary Alice Cavitt was serving as pianist, and the choir included Betty Skinner, Bob Slagel, Ruth Slugg, and Bonnie Taylor. In 1980, worship was moved to the newly constructed Liston Hall. In 1983, an electronic organ was purchased, and Emma Futrell was hired as organist and Vern Frudd as choir director.
In 1993, Dr. Robert Harris, professor of music at Armstrong Atlantic University was hired as choir director. Emma Futrell continued as organist. In 2006, an Allen Quantum (Q465) digital organ was purchased to replace the aging and malfunctioning electronic organ.
The adult choir meets for rehearsal on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm. The choir plays an important role in leading the congregation in hymn singing and enhancing each person’s worship experience. New members are always welcome.
Adult Handbells – In 1984, a four octave set of English handbells was donated by Priscilla Beckwith in memory of her husband, Newell. Barbara Slagel* organized the Handbell Choir and served as director until 1988. Dorothy Gregory served as director from 1988 – 1995, and Harriet Sniffen* from 1988-2001. In 1989, a fifth octave of handbells was donated by Priscilla Beckwith. Barbara Slagel* and Dorothy Gregory served as co-directors for a time until 2009.
In 1998, Priscilla Beckwith donated a set of hand chimes. These chimes are used by the children and adults.
Instrumental Ensembles – Instrumental Ensembles play during our worship services periodically throughout the year. Rehearsals are scheduled accordingly. Members of these groups are members of our congregation, adults and youth.
Children’s Music – We are currently investigating ways to bring age-appropriate sacred music to our children.
Communion – Each time we gather at the Lord’s Table we commit ourselves afresh to love and serve God, one another, and our neighbors in the world. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and on Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Ruth Knutson and Shirley Bullinger head up the committee that reverently prepares Holy Communion.
Each week members of the Flower Guild lovingly and reverently arrange the flowers for the Sunday services. The committee takes great pride in creating beautiful arrangements to enhance the Sanctuary and to honor the donors’ loved ones. Check back often to see pictures of the weekly arrangement. If you would like to be a donor for the Sanctuary flowers, there is a flower board in Liston Hall for you to sign for an open date. You may also check on any certain date by contacting Diane Tracy.
Audio and Lights
We need a committee of talented and trained men and women who serve each week in “central control.” Bob Harris, who has worked long and hard to design our new sound system, assures members that they, too, can learn to operate it. New members are always welcomed for training. Please contact Bob directly to volunteer for this important task.
A small group of members who have the heart for giving a children’s sermon were trained in the special techniques for this important part of our service. There is always room on this committee for those who love and would like to share with our young Christians. Please contact Marcia Dodd.
SIPC provides a reception following each funeral service in order to enable grieving families to receive those in attendance. Iris Hensley and Kay Eskew lead this caring effort.
Session Coordinator: Dick Shomaker
Chair: Marcia Dodd
Music Director: Mary McKee
Audio: Bob Harris
Communion: Ruth Knutson, Shirley Bullinger
Flowers: Diane Tracy
Music Committee: Diane Tracy
Children’s Sermon and Chancel Drama: Marcia Dodd
Special Worship Services: Jerriann Kirkwood
Pews and Reception: Iris Hensley
Ushers: Dick Shomaker
Head Ushers: Lars and Sandy Ljungdahl, Jim Higbee, Tom Inglesby
Assisting in Worship
Chancel Drama: Sue Jones & Friends