Worship at Southminster is the center of our community ministry. Through worship we affirm the inclusive love of God, which is made known through Jesus Christ. We come together as the Body of Christ to hear and proclaim the inspired word of God through active participation, sacred music, and the spoken word.
Music ministry is highly regarded and appreciated at Southminster. We strive for excellence and beauty through choral and instrumental music in our worship and greater community offerings. From prelude to postlude, our music ministry seeks to transcend the ordinary and bring us into the presence of God.
In-person Services Every Sunday
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Worship is live-streamed every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. via Facebook and YouTube
August 3, 2021 – In-Person Worship Protocols Update
Due to the rapidly changing COVID variants and increased viral spread to vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, we ask Southminster members and guests to observe the following protocols for in-person events:
- Please continue to wear masks while inside the building
- Please refrain from singing during worship
- Please observe social-distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC
- Please stay home if you do not feel well
We appreciate your adherence to these mitigation methods. Southminster staff, Worship Committee, and Session will continue to monitor and examine COVID protocol recommendations in conjunction with local, state, and federal authorities.
If you have questions, please call the office at 913-432-3505.
Based on new CDC Covid-19 recommendations, the Session approved at its May 2021 stated meeting the following amended guidelines for Sunday morning worship services and other in-person events beginning June 6, 2021:
- All persons are welcome to attend worship services and other events at Southminster Presbyterian Church.
- Masks continue to be required for worship services and all events held inside the church building at Southminster, including those persons who are fully vaccinated.
- Morning Light worship at 8:30 am in the chapel will be offered, as well as the 11:00 am service in the sanctuary.
- The reservation system will be eliminated.
- Ropes and group numbers will be removed from the pews in the sanctuary, and people will be allowed to choose where they sit per CDC recommendation.
- We recommend that unvaccinated participants in worship continue to practice social distancing when selecting a seat.
- Singing will be permitted as long as those singing are masked.
- Hymnals and bibles will be returned to the pews, and sign-in pads will be used for attendance purposes.
Please review the CDC recommendations upon which these guidelines are based. Please note the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated people with regard to personal safety.
If you have questions, please call the office at 913-432-3505. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Additional Worship Services
Fifth Sunday Jazz Worship, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, & All Saints Day
Music Ministry Staff
Director of Music Ministry
Director of Handbells
Joshua Hearn, Director of Music Ministry
Joshua Hearn began his church music ministry twenty-five years ago. As a native of central Illinois, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in organ performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His teachers at Illinois included Dana Robinson, DMA (organ) and Chester L. Alwes, DMA (choral literature and conducting). Joshua came to Kansas to pursue the Master of Church Music degree (organ) at the University of Kansas where his teachers included Michael Bauer, DMA (organ, choral conducting, and church music) and Kevin Vogt, DMA (church music and organ improvisation). He also holds the Associate Certification (AAGO) of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Lawrence Community Handbell Choir. When not on the bench, Joshua enjoys traveling and experiencing the many wonderful arts opportunities Kansas City has to offer.
Marilyn Lake, Director of Handbells
Marilyn Lake is the director of the Southminster Presbyterian Church Handbells, The Bells of Peace. In addition to her work as the Director of Handbells, Marilyn also directs the Heartland Ringers, a community handbell choir in the Kansas City area. Mrs. Lake is an elementary music educator in the Shawnee Mission School District and teaches private piano and preschool music.
Marilyn has degrees in Music Education and Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Music Education from Emporia State University. She is a member of the Handbell Musicians of America, Sigma Alpha Iota Music fraternity, The National Association for Music Education (MENC) and the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA). She has been ringing bells for over forty years, and plays the piano, sings, and performs on the carillon. She and her husband have two adult children and 1 dog. In her spare time Marilyn enjoys KU basketball, quilting, kayaking, and geocaching.
(General Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all choral ensembles are not meeting until further notice. For more information, please contact Joshua Hearn, Director of Music Ministry.
The Southminster Choir
The Southminster Choir serves as worship leaders for The Service of the Lord’s Day at 11 a.m. on Sundays in the Sanctuary. The choir sings anthems from all periods and styles with a focus on choral development, technique, and general musicianship. Adults young and mature are welcome to sing with us.
Rehearsal: Wednesdays | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Choir Room
Sunday Warm-Up: 10:15 a.m. | Sanctuary
Director: Joshua Hearn
Southminster Youth Singers
The Southminster Youth Singers help lead worship occasionally throughout the program year. Choristers learn beginning musicianship and vocal technique through anthems in a variety of styles. Youth in grades four through twelve are welcome to sing with us.
Joyful Noise Ringers & Singers
Joyful Noise Ringers and Singers is comprised of 2nd through 6th grade students. They play hand chimes as well as sing, and sometimes do both together. This ensemble leads in worship several times throughout the year.
Rehearsal: Sundays | 9:00-9:30 a.m. | Sanctuary
Director: Marilyn Lake
Sing & Shout
The Bells of Peace ring hymn-based and free-work pieces on our Malmark handbells and handchimes once per month for the Service of the Lord’s Day at 11 a.m. during the program year. Ringers learn basic and advanced bell techniques. Young and mature adults are welcome to ring with us.
Rehearsal: Mondays | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
Director: Marilyn Lake
The Heartland Ringers are a community handbell choir consisting of members in the Kansas City area. Our mission is to enjoy fellowship through music and share our gifts and talents with the community. The Heartland Ringers are a member of Handbell Musicians of America.
Rehearsal: Thursdays | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
Director: Marilyn Lake
Agape Ringers are a small community handbell choir and play three to four octave music. We provide music in the community at area assisted living locations and nursing homes as well as members’ churches that do not have bell choirs. We ring on both Schulmerich and Malmark handbells as well as Malmark chimes
Rehearsal: Wednesdays | 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Leaders: Ginny Cuppage & Kärin Forsburg
Solo/Small Ensemble Opportunities
Solo and small ensembles are initiated throughout the year. Both choral and instrumental soloists and ensembles rehearse to provide a musical offering for worship or other events. For more information, please contact Joshua Hearn, Director of Music Ministry.
The Arts at Southminster
Southminster Church is delighted to share our space to the wider community for concerts and other arts events. We welcome groups and individuals to offer their talents as part of the music ministry of the congregation.
Music Camp was started by Marilyn Lake as a way to reach out to the community during the summer. Enlisting the help of other music educators at Southminster, Mrs. Lake worked with children, Kindergarten through 6th grade, to present a musical church production at the end of the week. Along with learning a musical, students also worked on recorders, world drumming, and other creative endeavors.
Tiny Chancel Concerts
These concerts began in the fall of 2020 as a virtual presentation of the musical talents of the Southminster congregation and community partners. These concerts are pre-recorded, are presented monthly, and are about thirty minutes in length. Past performances include our Pastors, Jeff Clayton and Karen Wright, vocalist Lucille Windsor, and pianist Nelson Randolph.
We welcome our community friends to perform at Southminster. Performances by jazz pianist Joe Cartwright, members of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the William Jewel Choir have been presented in our sanctuary. We also have been host for university music student recitals as well as studio recitals of various teachers in the metro area.