The Music and the Arts Ministry at Centenary provides leadership for the creative spirit and the exploration of God’s artistry through the performing arts, visual arts, the written word, film & cinema, and much more. Encountering Christ Jesus through the arts leads us towards daily spiritual renewal and transformation. How will you encounter Christ with us today?


If you have questions or are interested in learning more please contact Jonathan Emmons.

Our Choirs and Annual Services are listed below.

Our Choirs

The Chancel Choir

The main adult choir here at Centenary provides musical leadership for the 11am Traditional Worship service every Sunday and has rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm – late August through early June.

The Chamber Singers

This is an auditioned group that performs special concerts and services throughout the year. Contact Jonathan Emmons for more information and to request an audition.

The Carillonneurs

Serving as the adult handbell choir, this group meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm and provides musical leadership in many of the worship services throughout the year. The Carillonneurs also provide musical and spiritual outreach to our local community through concerts around our city and our region.

The West End Ringers

For Middle School and High School Students, this group meets from 5:30-6:30 pm and aims to further develop the musical skills and artistry of the young musicians. The ensemble provides leadership in worship several times a year and also attends annual handbell festivals

in the region.

Children's Choirs

Children's Choir meets on Thursday evenings and we have offerings for children ages 2 years through 5th grade. If you would like for your child or children to participate please register here so we can help them to have a great experience. Questions? Contact Jonathan Emmons.

Community Kindermusik Collaborative

CUMC and the Child Care Resource Center of Winston-Salem ( share a vision for engaging families and enhancing our community. Jointly, we offer free-of-charge Kindermusik classes for infants and toddlers and their adult caregivers. Children from birth through age 2 (alongside their caregiver) are invited to join us for classes using award-winning Kindermusik curricula taught by licensed and experienced Kindermusik educators!


Contact Carol Penney, Early Childhood Music Specialist, at 336-420-3220 or to learn more!

Our Annual Services

Lessons and Carols

This is a special evening service held annually at 5 pm on the third Sunday of Advent celebrating the season through readings and song. The Chancel Choir and an orchestra made largely of Winston Salem Symphony members provides the main musical leadership for this service, with offerings by many of the other choirs including the Carillonneurs, Cantus, and some of the Children’s Choirs.

Tenebrae Service

The Seven Last Words of Christ - This annual service is held at 7:00 pm every Good Friday and features a musical setting of Seven Last Words of Christ. This service is a moving telling of the final hours of Jesus on the cross and has been held here at Centenary for over forty-five years.