Schedule for Sunday Worship Services
  • Worship Services are held at 10 a.m. only through Palm Sunday (April 5).
  • Beginning the Sunday after Easter (April 19), services will be held at 8:30 a.m. only until Memorial Day.
  • Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day, two services are held each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
  • Check out this link for more specific information on chapel services, ministers for each week; Click on the particular service you are interested in to learn about the weekly guest minister.
Holy Week and Easter Observances
Holy Week is a special week for Christians all over the world. It is the week before Easter and the last week of Lent. The Village Chapel begins its observances on Palm Sunday (April 5) with Rev. Frederic Mau, a retired Presbyterian minister from Columbia, leading our 10 a.m. worship service. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was greeted by crowds shouting praises and waving palm branches. Worshipers at the Chapel will be offered small crosses made from palm leaves that can be worn as a remembrance of Christ’s triumphal entry and the beginning of Holy Week.
The Chapel will hold a special Maundy Thursday service on April 9 at 5 p.m.
Thursday commemorates the Last Supper where Christ predicted his betrayal, death and resurrection. The Last Supper provides the model for the sacrament of Holy Communion which will be the focus of our Maundy Thursday service. The Chapel’s tradition is to strip the altar at the end of the service and leave it bare as a reminder that Jesus was arrested and stripped of everything including followers who betrayed, denied and deserted him.
On Easter Day, April 12, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus beginning with a sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. This service is held on the Lighthouse grounds. It seems that the no-see-ums especially enjoy this celebration so consider bringing bug spray!
This service is followed by a traditional worship service in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. Worshipers will be given flowers to place on the cross that will stand bare in the Chapel courtyard prior to Easter Day. We rejoice that so many join us in this most celebrated day in the Christian faith. Since the Chapel capacity is only 120 people, the Bald Head Association graciously allows us to utilize its building next door. An audio-visual system allows for full participation for those seated at the Association building.
Rev. Sid Batts, a retired Presbyterian Minister, will lead our Maundy Thursday and Easter Day services. Rev. Batts served as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian in Greensboro, NC before moving to Southport with his wife Cathy in 2018. Rev. Batts is a native North Carolinian, and holds degrees from High Point University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has been active in the work of presbyteries in addition to civic involvement in local communities and served as a board member of Columbia Theological Seminary.
Volunteers Needed!
The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island runs on volunteers – hundreds of them – just like you!  We could not minister to others without your help. Below are just a few examples of areas where we could use assistance in the coming months.  Please consider helping!
  • Easter weekend (April 11-12), which is soon upon us, is our busiest time of the year. While regular church services attract 50 to 100 attendees, the multiple services offered over Easter weekend last year attracted more than 750 attendees. If you are interested in assisting with any of the services as a seat and great person, or in other capacities, please visit our website at and scroll down to the Worship block and click on Seat and Greet. You can enter your names in the online spreadsheet to sign up.  
  • Like weddings? Now is your chance to be a part of a Bald Head Island Wedding, without having to find a bride or groom! We had more than 20 weddings last year, and each requires assistance to some degree inside and around the Chapel.  We are always seeking volunteers to assist.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Debbie Ward at
  • Weekly Seat & Greet. We can always use volunteers at weekly chapel services for Great & Seat.  Responsibilities are to great people as they enter the chapel and count the collections afterwards. Visit our website at and scroll down to the Worship block and click on Seat and Greet.  You can enter your names in the online spreadsheet to sign up.
The Summer Children's Sunday Program
The Summer Children's Sunday Program was a great success last year, and we will offer it again this summer.  We are in the planning phase for this year’s 8-week program; if you have ideas, talents and would like to volunteer to help please contact Karen Mortimer at or Elizabeth Kinney at  We are looking forward to another great summer!
New Village Chapel website address
Please note that our new Village Chapel website is 
Check out our new Flickr page!
We’ve got a new Flickr account now to help showcase all the wonderful things going on in and around the Village Chapel, but we need your help! If you’ve got photos you’d like to share, which we can post on our page, please send them to Kevin Arata at  And come check out what we have there so far at
Baptisms at the Chapel
Did you know we do Baptisms too? While weddings are what we do most during non-church hours, we do also do baptisms. This past fall we had two baptisms in November.  For more information on planning for baptisms or weddings in the Village Chapel, please call the office at 910-457-1183.
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Jan. 20th a group of islanders represented the Village Chapel at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast in Southport, where over 200 people from the region joined together to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and discuss further ways to develop our relationships with one another and further unify our churches. It was a wonderful event where people of all faiths enjoyed each other’s company.
The guest speaker, Richmond County Sheriff James “Clem” Clemmons, Jr, a native of Brunswick County and a Mount Olive College graduate with a degree in criminal justice, is the first person of color to attain the rank of major in the Richmond County Sheriff’s office and the first person of color to be elected Sheriff in the history of Richmond County.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Thank you to everyone who donated food and funds to our annual Souper Bowl of Caring project! We collected five large bins of food items, totaling 250 lbs in contributions! All donations go directly to the Southport Oak Island Interfaith Food Pantry in Boiling Springs Lakes.
Flooding at the Chapel
On the morning of Jan.14, Pattie Caban was greeted by flooded floors in the Chapel office, with water running outside and under the Chapel. She contacted our contractor, who immediately determined that our hot water heater had ruptured. He and his crew contained the rupture and began rehab procedures to dry out the damaged areas in the office. New flooring that was installed a month earlier had to be ripped out, as well as underpinning beneath the Chapel to expose the flooded duct work of the HVAC system, cabinets, and bathroom fixtures. At present, work is ongoing to remove the damaged infrastructure, which will take several weeks. We ask for your patience and prayers during the reconstruction process. Thankfully, minimal damage occurred to the sanctuary, which allows us to continue worship services.
Annual Chapel Report
On Jan. 26 the Chapel’s annual report was presented to island property owners at the Bald Head Island Association meeting.  Click on the link below for remarks.
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: David Beam*
Building & Grounds:  Keith Bradley
Technology:  Ben Comer
Altar Guild:  Elizabeth Kinney
Communications:  Kevin Arata
Hospitality:  Mary Mears 
Outreach:  Sherry Roese
Wedding Guild:  Debbie Ward
Ex-Officio:  Elizabeth Beam

* Members of the Executive Committee


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.


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


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