Chancel Choir

The Chancel choir is a vital part of Central's Worship services. The choir primarily sings Sunday mornings in the 11:15 a.m. service and occasionally at the 9:00 a.m. service as well. Rehearsals are held September to June on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in Room #391. No audition is required, but some music reading is helpful. Special services include: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday.

Youth Choir

Central's Youth Choir is comprised of 6th through 12th grade singers. The ensemble leads worship at the 9:00 a.m. sanctuary service approximately once a month throughout the academic year. Singers explore various music styles, learn about elements of worship through first-hand experience, and acquire knowledge of the basic rudiments of music. The choir members also have the opportunity to participate in events such as the South Carolina United Methodist Youth Choir Festival. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in Room #391.

For more information on the Chancel Choir or Youth Choir contact Don Grice (

Children's Choir

The mission of the Children’s Choirs program at Central is to actively involve our children in worship and to nurture their ability to lead through music. Our Children’s Choirs meet for rehearsal on Wednesday evenings as follows:

  • Preschool Choir (ages 4K & 5K) meets from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. in room 293 under the direction of Kirby Jordan
  • Elementary Choir (grades 1-3) meets from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. in room 292 under the direction of Sandra Howard
  • Junior Choir (grades 4–5) meets from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. in room 292 under the direction of Sandra Howard.

Several times during the choir season (which runs September through Palm Sunday), our Children’s Choirs participate as worship leaders in both our traditional services and The Well. 

For more information on the Preschool Choir contact Kirby Jordan ( For more information on the Elementary or Junior Choirs contact Sandra Howard (

Masterworks Choir

The Masterworks Choir is a regional choir of adult mixed voices, based in Florence. Central acts as a sponsor for this choir by providing rehearsal and performance facilities.

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Handbell Choir

Central United Methodist Church's Memorial Handbell choir is for advanced ringers and plays a full Five Octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and a three octave set of Schulmerich Melody Chimes. The bell choir performs about once a month in worship services. The choir also performs away, in festivals, or by invitation. The Director of the Handbell program is Beverly Hazelwood. The Handbell Choir holds rehearsal every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Handbell Room #290.

Howard Starks, a renowed composer and arranger, retired as director after many years of his service.

For more information contact Beverly Hazelwood (

youth handbell choir

This ensemble is for youth in grades 6-12. Rehearsals are held Sundays from 5:00-5:45 p.m. in Handbell Room #290.

For more information contact Betsy Johnson (

The Sanctuary Organ

In its own way, the current pipe organ at Central traces the history and development of the present sanctuary and congregation. The organ, restored in 1988 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio, contains pipe work from the original organ installed in 1913.The organ at Central contains 64 ranks of pipes totaling nearly 4,000 pipes. It is used to lead public worship services, to accompany choral concerts and for solo organ recitals. Stop List