Worship and Music
We welcome you to join in worshipping our Lord and Savior on Sunday mornings at our 10 a.m. services. Our historic sanctuary is located in the pastoral countryside of Keswick, outside of Charlottesville and offers a peaceful setting to enjoy our traditional worship services led by our pastor. Our chancel choir provides a variety of musical offerings, with additional special musical offerings to include string or wind instruments and vocal solos. We celebrate the joy of children in worship during our Time for Children provided by our pastor, and with occasional musical offerings by our Church School Children’s Choir. Worship bags are available for children who would like some quiet activities related to the worship service. Childcare is provided for infants through 2nd grade. Members and friends of the congregation additionally have the opportunity to actively participate in the worship services as Usher-Greeters and Scripture readers. We have an Usher-Greeter Guild whose members are available to provide assistance to and from cars that park in the nearby handicap parking spaces, and for seating within the sanctuary.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion together the first Sunday of each month. Home Communion is additionally provided that day by our Pastor and Elders to homebound members and friends of the congregation who are unable to attend the worship service. Special services are held on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Week (including Maundy Thursday and a Good Friday vigil from noon – 3 p.m.) Once a year, we enjoy a pulpit exchange with our sister congregation, Union Grove Baptist Church.
Welcome to South Plains Presbyterian Church’s Chancel Choir page. If you have not experienced music at South Plains, you are in for a treat. The Chancel Choir has a real sense of excitement and joy in the worship of God as they rehearse and share music with the congregation. The focus of the adult choir is supporting the congregation in the sung parts of the worship- hymns, introits, choral responses, and special music, all to the glory of God. We are blessed to have former organists both in the choir and as assistants with various aspects of the music program, we have choir members who can direct and add some variety to our offerings, and we have more than the usual share of congregants who are musically inclined and willing to share their talents with South Plains.
- No audition is required. All abilities are welcome. Teens and children who are mature enough to attend rehearsals are welcome. For those with limited time, joining the choir for special occasions is an option.
-Rehearsals start promptly at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. The Chancel Choir sings from September through the end of May, with the summer off.
-The Chancel Choir sings every Sunday, rehearsing half an hour before the service.
-We sing a diverse repertoire of music: classical, “traditional,” and more contemporary selections. Some pieces are accompanied; some are a cappella.
- The Chancel Choir supports each other musically and personally. We work hard and enjoy ourselves and each other’s fellowship at the same time.
-We encourage opportunities for solos, duets, and ensembles. The Director of Music is happy to work with singers, instrumentalists, duets, helping you to learn parts, practicing together, accompanying, and other assistance. Anyone who has an interest in special music offerings is welcome to contact Paula Durbin-Westby, Director of Music.
-Children’s Church sings on special occasions; we have many enthusiastic singers and musicians in our children’s Sunday School groups. Some of the children have played the piano or otherwise contributed to our worship of God on Sunday mornings.