When you worship with the congregation of WMCC, you can expect a set order of service which includes a prelude, children’s time, scripture readings, sermon, offertory, responsive readings, choral and congregational singing, prayer, and communion. Our worship is traditional in nature. The attire at our church varies from casual to traditional. You will find some of our members in suits and others in jeans. Our dress code is simply that you wear clothes!

Worship Leadership

WMCC has a history of shared leadership of clergy and laity in worship. The worship leader is most often a lay person. The worship leader guides us in responsive readings, prayers of invocation, and litanies. It is also the role of the leader to request joys and concerns of the congregation to be included in the morning prayer. Most Sundays, our pastor offers the sermon. On occasion throughout the year, however, sermons are offered by other people.

Communion

The Lord’s Supper or Communion is celebrated each week in worship. Our pastor reminds us each time that “All are welcome at Table.” On most Sundays, deacons serve communion to the congregation. At other times, we take communion by intinction when the congregation is invited to come forward, break off a piece of bread, dip it in the chalice, partake, and return to their seats. All who are present are invited to partake. This open table is an expression of the Disciple’s commitment to Christian unity.

Service of Hope and Remembrance – December 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM

This is a reflective service of worship and is geared toward those who have had a difficult year, those who have experienced a loss, and those who for whatever reason are feeling “dis-eased” over the holidays. Many worshipers at this service remark that it is their favorite service of the year.

Christmas Eve – December 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM

On Christmas Eve, we gather for a service of lessons, carols, and communion. We conclude with candle light and the singing of a familiar Christmas carol.

Lent

Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent. Lent is part of the Easter cycle beginning forty days before Easter (excluding Sundays). Lent is a time to rest, to meditate, to pray, and to gather spiritual strength.

Special services during Lent include the following:

Ash Wednesday – February 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Our Ash Wednesday service is a reflective service including the imposition of ashes on the forehead (taken from the burning of the previous year’s Palm Sunday palm fronds).

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the celebration of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Worship on this day enacts this event and foretells the coming week in the life of Christ. When it is possible, WMCC has a live donkey on-site after the worship service for pictures!

 Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is derived from the Latin word meaning “commandment” and recalls Jesus’ new commandment from his teaching in the upper room: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Our Maundy Thursday service relives Jesus’ last evening through meditative scripture and song, communion, and prayer.

Easter

At 11:00 a.m., we join to sing Easter hymns, hear the preached word, celebrate communion and remember that “He is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!”

Pentecost – May 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Fifty days after Easter, Pentecost celebrates the birth of the church and empowering of the Holy Spirit. A service of worship celebrates WMCC’s welcome for all and the recognition that all are gifted through God’s Spirit. All worshipers are invited to wear RED symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit, and after the service, we enjoy lunch together in the fellowship hall!

Anniversary Celebration – October 4, 2015 at 11:00 AM

In 2015, WMCC will be celebrating its 140th anniversary! Details will be forthcoming!

Consecration Sunday – October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Consecration Sunday is the day when we celebrate all that God is doing at WMCC by making a financial commitment for the coming year. After the worship service, we gather in the fellowship hall for a catered meal and fellowship. While traditional “stewardship” Sundays often inspire a less than enthusiastic response, WMCC’s Consecration Sunday is one of the high points of our year, mainly because we experience a strong sense of community and belonging. On Consecration Sunday, we remember that our life together makes a difference in our world.

Blessing of the Animals

This is a special outdoor service within the fenced playground area and is a great opportunity to acknowledge the importance of animals in our lives and to remind us of our role as stewards of all God’s creatures. This type of service was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. We join in song, read scripture and hear stories from our own animal lovers. We also take up an offering to benefit a local animal rescue group. Each animal receives a special blessing from the minister. The date for t this service varies from year to year.

The Liturgical Year
Advent

Originally begun as a time of preparation for the coming of Christ, Advent is a time of expectancy and anticipation in which we “prepare the way of the Lord.” In the ninth century, Advent was established as being the four Sundays before Christmas. Our worship services throughout advent focus on the four themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy, and love.

Christmas

Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, has drawn many pagan and Christian events into one joyous holy day. Santa Claus came from the festival of St. Nicholas on December sixth. The Journey of the Magi, though it occurred years after the birth of Christ, has become part of the Christmas celebration. Did you know that Christmas became so full of different customs and joyful revelry that the Puritans banned it?

The early Christians met and broke bread together to signify their union, fellowship, and love. We have one Christmas Eve service to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We sing carols, listen to scripture, pray, and celebrate communion.

Epiphany

The Christmas season concludes with Epiphany, a word meaning “manifestation” or “showing forth.” The festival commemorates the visit of the Wise ones to the Christ child. The Magi understood that this Jesus was “God with us”; it is the mystery and the miracle of Epiphany that these wise ones, these scholars and intellectuals, knew enough to fall down and worship Jesus. Epiphany Sunday is observed on the Sunday closest to Epiphany, January 6. Sundays after Epiphany point to other “manifestations of the Word made flesh” in the Baptism of Jesus and his early ministry. The final Sunday after Epiphany recounts the Transfiguration of Christ.

Lent

Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent. Lent is part of the Easter cycle beginning forty days before Easter (excluding Sundays). Lent is a time to rest, to meditate, to pray, and to gather spiritual strength.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the celebration of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Worship on this day enacts this event and foretells the coming week in the life of Christ.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

“Maundy” is derived from the Latin word meaning “mandate” and recalls Jesus’ new mandate from his teaching in the upper room: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” On Good Friday, the most solemn date on the Christian calendar, we remember the Crucifixion of Christ.

Easter

Our services of Easter worship begin with the community service at 7:00 a.m. This worship services rotates between the Wilson’s Mills’ churches each year. At 11:00 a.m., we join to sing Easter hymns, hear the preached word, celebrate communion and remember that “He is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!”

Pentecost

Fifty days after Easter, Pentecost celebrates the birth of the church and empowering of the Holy Spirit. A service of worship celebrates Pullen’s welcome for all and the recognition that all are gifted through God’s Spirit. We celebrate baptism on Pentecost Sunday followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall to welcome new members.

Special Worship Services
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins the Season of Lent. Our Ash Wednesday service is a reflective service including the imposition of ashes on the forehead (taken from the burning of the previous year’s Palm Sunday palm fronds).

Maundy Thursday

“Maundy” is derived from the Latin word meaning “commandment” and recalls Jesus’ new commandment from his teaching in the upper room: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” Our Maundy Thursday service relives Jesus’ last evening through meditative scripture and song, communion, and prayer.

Good Friday

On Good Friday, the most solemn date on the Christian calendar, we remember the Crucifixion of Christ. On this day, we offer an intimate noon service in which we hear the story of the crucifixion and the last words of Christ. It is time for silence and prayer.

Blessing of the Animals

This is a special outdoor service within the fenced playground Area and is a great opportunity to acknowledge the importance of animals in our lives and to remind us of our role as stewards of all God’s creatures. This type of service was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. We join in song, read scripture and hear stories from our own animal lovers. We also take up an offering to benefit a local animal rescue group. Each animal receives a special blessing from the minister.

Hanging of the Greens

This service marks the beginning of the Advent season as we prepare our sanctuary. The Youth serve as our worship leaders and we actually do ‘hang the greens,’ by hanging our garlands and our wreaths, and by placing the poinsettias in the sanctuary and lighting the Chrismon gree. We also have special music from several of our talented members. We close with communion.

Service of Healing

This is a reflective service of worship and is geared toward those who have had a difficult year, those who have experienced a loss, and those who for whatever reason are feeling “dis-eased” over the holidays. We hope that it will meaningful for all who take the time to attend. WMCC is the sole sponsor of this worship service but we are inviting the community at large.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, we gather at 9:00 PM for a service of lessons, carols, and communion. We conclude with candle light and the singing of a familiar Christmas carol.

Music
Music

Hand Bell Choir

Hand Bell Choir


Handbell Choir Information

The handbell choir is an important ministry of Wilson’s Mills Christian Church. The choir is comprised of 12 dedicated members who play 5 octaves of bells and 3 octaves of handchimes. The choir regularly leads worship by offering music in Sunday services as well as special services including Easter, Homecoming, Hanging of the Greens, and other opportunities as they arise.

The handbell choir often rings in the community. We have “flash mobbed” the outlet mall in Smithfield, and last year, we rang Christmas carols while being pulled through the Clayton Christmas Parade on a giant sleigh!”

Adult Choir Information

The Adult Choir is currently undergoing transition and is not meeting on a regular basis. However, we anticipate that this will change soon. The choir is made up of several talented folks who love to sing. If that sounds like you, please consider joining us!