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Worship Service Information

Holiday Worship Services
 
Thanksgiving. The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island will hold a special service of thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Craven Williams.
 
Advent. 
  • Services: Through Sunday, November 24 there will be one service at 8:30 a.m. Beginning on December 1, the first Sunday in Advent, through Palm Sunday, April 5, there will be one service at 10 a.m.
     
  • The Advent season begins with a special service of Hanging of the Greens on December 1 at 4 p.m. This traditional Christian ceremony, led by the Chapel Choir,  is a service of scripture and music, and decorates the Chapel for the Advent and Christmas season.  Those attending the service can assist in hanging and lighting prepared decorations that remain in the Chapel for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Christmas. Christmas Eve services will be conducted by Rev. Shane Benjamin on December 24 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There are no services on Christmas Day.

Catholic Mass.  Catholic Masses were celebrated over the summer months as part of a pilot program at The Village Chapel. There was considerable interest and participation by both the Bald Head Island community and island visitors. Due to the program’s success, the Chapel will once again coordinate with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport for a 2020 summer Catholic Mass program.

Catholic priests are also scheduled to conduct three Sunday morning interdenominational services as part of the regular Village Chapel minister rotation. A Catholic Mass will also be celebrated at a separate time (announced at a later date) during each of those weekends. The 2019-2020 schedule so far is as follows:
  • Nov. 10, 2019: Rev. Fr. Daniel Oschwald
  • Jan. 19, 2020: Fr. James Garneau
  • March 22, 2020: Msgr. Michael Shugrue
Village Chapel Outreach Efforts
To continue our efforts for the Village Chapel and Bald Head Island to be recognized as a caring and engaged community, your Chapel Outreach team has been very busy considering areas where we can provide volunteer and financial support.  Please contact Sherry Roese or the Chapel office with suggestions or questions. 

 Re-CYCLE Christmas Project for the BICYCLE MAN’s Community Outreach Projects. 

Join the Village Chapel Re-CYCLE team  as we help raise money for this non-profit organization based since 1990 in Fayetteville, NC (www.thebicycleman.bike), with a vision of making a positive impact on the community by leading through example and demonstrating the Christian principles of charity and thrift.

Your tax-deductible donation helps The Bicycle Man with the purchase of helmets and bicycles that will be given away on Dec. 21st. Helmets are purchased for $8 and a small children's bikes are purchased for $65.

Checks are welcome and collected via the Chapel's regular Sunday collection (please note “Helmets” on the memo line) or by mailing a check to the Village Chapel at PO Box 3035, Bald Head Island, NC 28461.  You may also leave your check in the Village Chapel donation box.

The Bicycle Man provides more than 1,500 bikes and helmets each year to less fortunate children in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and now reaches 7 southeastern N.C. counties. For the first time this year, Brunswick County children are included in the annual giveaway, and eligibility will be facilitated by the Brunswick County Department of Social Services. Please make your donations no later than November 30th, at which time all designated funds will be sent to the Bicycle Man organization. Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause!

Southport Elementary Teacher’s Wish ListSupport for the Southport Elementary Teacher Wish List  was amazing, and the project a huge success! With over $3,000 in teacher classroom supplies purchased and additional cash donated by islanders to help finish the shopping, everything on the wish list was provided. The teachers and staff were overwhelmed by the generosity of our island! The Chapel Outreach team extends a huge thank you to all who participated.
S.H.A.R.E.  (Supporting Hunger and Relief Efforts). Our food collection from the rental community was a wonderful success and will begin again in the Spring. With the generous assistance of Bald Head Island Services, we collected and delivered approximately 10 bins of unopened, non-perishable foods to the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship pantry this season. The pantry volunteers and staff are always grateful to see us pull up with our donations. This vital community ministry is located in Boiling Springs Lakes and serves over 1,000 individuals in need each a month. 

Brunswick Family Assistance Center. Several island residents volunteered at the quarterly Brunswick Family Assistance Center commodities distribution. This distribution effort requires hundreds of volunteers over a 2-day period. It’s quite humbling to see the need in our county and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide assistance. Kudos to Brunswick Family Assistance Center for all they do for our neighbors!
Summer Children's Program. The Village Chapel’s Summer Children’s Program was a huge success. Over an 8-week period, 70 children and 14 volunteers participated in the fun on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. The morning program began with a sing-along in The Village Chapel, with the children marching out to the Bald Head Association meeting room with instruments and colorful scarves. Participants learned about God through music, stories, games, crafts and lessons each week, and included a focus on God Loves Me, God and Country, Jonah, and the Story of the Sand Dollar. We can’t wait to continue this program next summer! Assistance is always needed, so  watch for our call for volunteers.

Special thanks to our volunteers for helping make the program such a success: Kristen Miller, Kristin Henson, Mary Anne and Katherine Arata, Maria Earnshaw, Lucy, Josie and Owen Miller, Elizabeth and Joseph Sachtleben, and program directors Karen Mortimer and Elizabeth Kinney.
Chapel Activities
The Blessing of the Animals.  A Blessing of the Animals was held on Oct. 12 by Rev. Dr. James St. John, where pets received special blessings in The Village Chapel courtyard.
Building Maintenance Efforts.  Maintenance on the Village Chapel and Royal James minister’s quarters is always a priority effort. As many of you know, we replaced the Village Chapel roof  just this past year with new cedar shakes. We’ve also recently enlisted the help of volunteers to wash and clean storm panels that were then mounted over Chapel windows for protection from approaching storms. During the fall and winter we plan to install a new floor in the Chapel office, repair the back deck overlooking the marsh and repair the handicap ramp. We will also convert the brick stepped walkways in front of the Village Chapel into inclined walkways to make it safer for walking.
Chapel Servant
Meet Cindy Sellers, Chapel Organist and Music Director.  Cindy Sellers has been the Chapel organist and choir director since 1999. She   became acquainted with the Chapel when she substituted as an organist for a wedding and her talents were first noticed. Around this time, Becky Pardee, who was our first organist, was planning a move off Island. Cindy played her first services at the Village Chapel in 1998 on Christmas Eve and officially became the Village Chapel Organist on Jan 4, 1999.
 
Cindy, forever an optimist and an experienced choir director, announced plans to start a choir and initially recruited 10 singers to participate. Twenty years later, she is still conducting the choir, playing the organ and piano for worship services and serving as the Director of Music for the Village Chapel. Always creative, she incorporates local and visiting instrumentalists into the worship experience at the Chapel and actively seeks new singers for the Choir.
 
Prior to coming to the Chapel, Cindy served as choir director for several churches. In other musical endeavors, Cindy was a founding member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (flutist) in 1971. She was the founding director of the Sea Notes Choral Society in 1974, and has directed, accompanied or soloed for many of their concerts.
 
In addition to serving as the Director of Music, she serves on the Worship and Music Committees and frequently plays for special services and weddings. Her many contributions to the Village Chapel are invaluable and we are fortunate to have her share her talents with us. Cindy is a history and genealogy buff and is active in several lineage societies. She and Donald have two children and four grandchildren.
The Village Chapel Board of Trustees

President: Mary Jo Walker*
 1st Vice President & Music: Karen Mortimer*
2nd Vice President & Worship:  Emily Hill*
Secretary: Gayle Sanders*
Treasurer: Tom Watjen*
Building & Grounds:  Keith Bradley
Technology:  Ben Comer
Altar Guild:  Elizabeth Kinney
Communications:  Kevin Arata

Hospitality:  Robin Prak 
Outreach:  Sherry Roese
Wedding Guild:  Debbie Ward
Ex-Officio:  Elizabeth Beam & Bob Porter

* Members of the Executive Committee

Vision:

The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island provides all people an opportunity to worship God, express faith, and observe Judeo-Christian traditions to connect with God, connect with others, and connect others with God.
 

Mission:

We are a people of the Word, people of Faith, and people of Love. Thanks be to God.

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105 Lighthouse Wynd
Bald Head Island, NC
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