SPC youth read the scripture for last week’s Sunday virtual worship service. Like many churches in the area, the the church is using a mix of virtual technology to “connect” and meet with members and visitors, including online meeting apps, website, Facebook, teleconferencing and phone visits during this time of social distancing and need to follow local, state and national guidelines for staying home. Worship attendees participated in a variety of dress, ranging from workout clothing to Sunday best. Those interested in accessing SPC’s Zoom services can call the church office for the meeting access code. All are welcome here!
Following “Social Distancing” mandates, SPC members were delighted to participate in the church’s first virtual 11 a.m. worship service on March 22. Members participated in all types of attire, including pajamas, shorts and “Sunday Best.” Pastors Ann Jahnes and Joanna Hipp conducted the service from their respective homes using Zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool that members can access with their desktop computers, tablets or mobile phones. Music Director Lorie Russ, tied in with her mobile device to provide worship music from the church. Virtual services will continue until the Coronavirus gathering mandates are lifted.
Although SPC is not meeting during the Coronavirus pandemic, Ginger Hedblom, liturgical artist, has placed luminaries outside the church to offer a moment of spiritual nurture and a reminder to pray for the community and the world during these difficult times in dealing with the pandemic. The luminaries are on display all week for the Southport community.
“Although we are unable to gather to worship as a whole congregation or to meet together in person, we are able to pray for one another, our community, nation, and world,” said Dr. Rev. Ann B. Jahnes, SPC Pastor. “We are able to check in on one another. We are able to connect via telephone, tweet, text, email, and internet. We are able to be the church in a different way, because church is not an hour of worship each week, nor is it a committee meeting or a Bible study,” she said. Church is being the Body of Christ, empowered by his Holy Spirit.”
“Our luminary display represents our prayers for the ‘Lights of Guidance’ to show us the way to navigate this troubled pandemic path,” said Jahnes. “This includes the Light of Hope to encourage those who suffer in illness or who wait in quarantine; the Light of Peace to those who grieve; the Light of Presence for those who those isolated by ‘social distancing;’ the Light of Comfort for those who are anxious, the Light of Healing for those who are treating the sick; the Light of Wisdom for those making difficult decisions for our safety; and the Light of Christ to shine upon our troubled world.”
In her online message to the SPC congregation, Jahnes encouraged them in the day and weeks ahead to challenge themselves to “Be the Church,” and ask how they are choosing their unexpected free time to love, serve, care, pray, sing, and celebrate the Spirit of Christ within and around them.
A new worship service at 9:00 a.m. will be added on 2nd and 4th Sundays, March – May. The service, led by the pastors and congregation members, includes traditional and new music in a relaxed and inviting environment. The church continues its 11:00 a.m. worship service every Sunday. All faiths, ages, abilities, orientations and colors are welcome.
Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship will begin its series of Lenten Services with an Ash Wednesday noon service at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Reverend Joanna Hipp, Associate Pastor with Southport Presbyterian Church, will be the speaker. See the full schedule of Lenten Services.
Southport Presbyterian Church (SPC) Celebrates Advent as
“A Season of Promise and Hope”
Sundays, Nov. 24 – Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. – During the season of Advent the church is offering a study on The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem, based on the writings of author Adam Hamilton. Participants are invited to explore historical and archaeological findings as they follow the footsteps of Mary and Joseph who traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus Christ.
Advent & Christmas Worship Schedule
Worship Services for Advent and Christmas
Each Sunday in December worship services will include Lighting of the Advent Candles, singing songs of the season, and hearing lessons of promise and hope from the Prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew. The Rev. Dr. Ann B. Jahnes, Associate Pastor Joanna Hipp and Director of Music Laurie Russ will lead the services.
Sunday Dec. 8, 11:00 a.m. – The children of Southport Presbyterian and the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington will present A Christmas Story from Isaiah 11:2 and Matthew 3.
Sunday Dec. 15, 11:00 a.m. – The SPC Chancel Choir will perform Lessons and Music with scripture from Isaiah 35:4 and Matthew 11.
Tues., Dec. 24, 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Southport Presbyterian Church, a member of Presbyterian Church USA, is located at 1025 East Moore Street. All are welcome. For more information, contact the church office at 910-457-6811.