Celebrating the Arts at Centenary
Many things come to mind when one thinks of Centenary Church - our magnificent sanctuary and our over two hundred years of history, our outreach ministries, our welcoming and diverse congregation, the many talented, dedicated pastors who have served the church and, certainly, the beautiful music heard here every Sunday. In 1991 the Committee on Ministry through Music and the Arts was formed to support the music program and offer new opportunities. Our name is often shortened to Arts Committee but we still consider our programs to be a ministry that is involved with worship, outreach and fellowship.
Most of our programs have been musical and many have involved food, but we have also sponsored speakers, films, trips to the National Cathedral and the VMFA, a Church Hill house tour, evensongs, art exhibits and Centenary member art shows. Several of our programs have become an integral part of Centenary’s calendar.
MARDI GRAS – Each February we gather for a delicious meal and a musical program that has included choir productions, guest musicians of every genre and even our staff singing rock and roll.
HYMN FESTIVAL – Keith Beniston of London has visited for this celebration fourteen times and we treasure the talent and enthusiasm he brings.
EVENSONG – Choirs from our own and many other local churches and several high schools have performed this beautiful worship service over the years. Evensongs have been described as “a moment of reflection as day yields to night…. Whatever the music, here in the pause between dark and daylight, lies a rare moment filled with magic.”
CENTENARY CLASSICS – For over twenty three years this unique musical program has been presented at Centenary and has attracted a large following from our church and the Richmond community.
“When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia…Let every instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!”*
*Words by Fred Pratt Green