Advent Special Music

One Service – 10:00 a.m. Service in Sanctuary

December 3 – Advent carol arrangements will be accompanied by violin, organ, and bells.  Our guest violinist is Jonas Jakubek and a festive hymn arrangement for choir and congregation will conclude worship.

December 10 – More seasonal music will be celebrated with John Samuel Roper, Flutist, accompanying choir and congregation.  Keyboard and flute arrangements will be played for the prelude and postlude.

December 17 – Special guests, Patrick and Linda Downes, will lead classic carols and present piano and organ arrangements.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Service Candlelight Service, 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

December 24 and 31 – Chancel Choir will lead and present traditional Christmas favorites with festive organ accompaniments.




A Message From Your Music Director


Special thanks to our handbell ringers last Sunday. Several drive great distances to share their passion for music while giving glory to God. Bravo to Sam Calhoun for switching bells to substitute for a missing ringer.  Yes, we could use more ringers, particularly from our congregation.  You will hear them prominently in the December 3 worship featuring additional anthems, violin accompaniment, and bell arrangements.

Though it may seem I am a week behind, I would like to share some interpretations into the text of last Sunday’s anthem, “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree”. One has to recognize the recurring themes of trees, branches, seeds, and gardens in the Bible.  This text setting from the 18th century is using “the tree of life” as a metaphor for Jesus. Our anthem this Sunday directly quotes the scripture from the present sermon series in a modern setting.

Looking forward to Sunday,





Chancel Choir meet Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.


Handbell Rehearsal, (Wednesdays), 5:00 p.m.

Handbell Choir has begin rehearsing .  Presently, we ring two octaves, but we actually have four octaves of bells.   We can always use extra ringers with note reading experience.  Our ringers are very dedicated and plan to participate in worship monthly.


“The Staff Parish Relations Committee is very pleased to announce that beginning on January 1, 2020, Olivia Huggins will be named the Music Director of St. Paul’s and will permanently take over the responsibilities of directing the chancel choir, the M2P choir and band, and the bell choir, in addition to being our very talented organist. It is wonderful that she is willing to share her considerable talents and training with us as we lose Bob Baxter to retirement, and Chuck Gee as he and Carolyn prepare to move out of the area.

As you know, Olivia has been filling in for Dr. Bob during his illness. We would like you to join us in thanking Olivia for all her hard work the last two months and in congratulating her on her new position as Music Director.”

Chancel Choir – 8:45 AM Traditional Service

It is the mission of St. Paul’s Waccamaw Chancel Choir to glorify God by enhancing the Traditional Worship Service. This is being done by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song, leading the congregation in worship and performing the finest quality of sacred music.

The Chancel Choir is conducted by  Olivia Huggins, accompanist and sings for the 8:45am service each Sunday and for special services. The choir gives two major concerts each year, assisted by a string ensemble and soloists.

The  voiced Chancel Choir consists of adults, young and old, who perform some of the world’s finest choral literature. Rehearsals are each Wednesday at 7:15 pm in the music room located in the Christian Life Center. No auditions are required but some previous choral experience would be helpful.

Made to Praise – 11am Celebration service

Our 11AM Celebration Service is a wonderful service focused on praise and worship. Our Celebration Team is called “Made to Praise”. Through music, we prepare our hearts for worship of our Savior Jesus Christ. We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:15pm in the sanctuary and Sunday mornings at 10am. If you are interested in more information or you would like to join us in praising God through contemporary worship contact Olivia Huggins


HandbellOur wonderful Handbell Choir celebrates GOD through beautiful handbell musical sounds of well-rehearsed and practiced ringing, vibrations, bells, chimes, symbols and more.  Our team has ten positions with over a dozen substitutes.  No auditions or experience necessary. A basis of knowledge of music notation and rhythms needed. Our Handbell Choir practices on Tuesdays from 9AM to 10:15AM.

We play approximately eight times a year on Sundays at our 8:45AM Traditional Service and our 11AM Celebration Service.  We also put on a spectacular Christmas celebration music performance at our worship services. To join the Handbells, please contact Olivia Huggins