I will sing of your love and justice;
To You lord, i will sing praise.

psalm 101:1

Want to share your love of Christ through music, fellowship and fun?
Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church welcomes you in our Music Ministries.
All are welcome with no audition! Come join us or contact us to let us know of your interest.
You are welcome to participate anytime throughout the year!  

Contact Cheryl Stephenson, Director of Music Ministries for more information.
We pray that we use music to generate excitement, beauty and inspiration in our worship and service to God.

Bill Wood, organist with Jarvis Memorial UMC, joined us in 2023. Prior to Jarvis, Bill has help other organist and music director posts in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro and Greenville. He has music degrees from Elon University and East Carolina University and is an active member with the American Guild of Organists.
Feel free to contact him as you are planning music for your wedding or other special event with Jarvis. 

music opportunities

chancel choir
Wednesdays • 7-8:30pm

Our Chancel Choir has a rich history of excellent music.  The Chancel Choir of the 11am traditional worship service is open to all adults who share a love of singing. No audition is required, in fact no formal music training is required! Contrary to popular opinion, not everyone in this choir is a music reader. We are having fun while serving our church. In addition to singing anthems and supporting congregational singing, the choir prepares special presentations during the year. You may elect to participate all year round, or for any season of your choice. We recognize this need and desire and strive to provide a place for you to serve your church as you are able.

praise band
Tuesday Evenings

The Praise Band leads the 9am Worship Service with contemporary worship music and rehearses Wednesday evenings in the Taft Christian Life Center.
Singers, instrumentalists, creative artists and more are welcome. Whether you are able to commit every week or for shorter time periods, you are welcome in our program. The Praise Band practices on Tuesday evenings in the TCLC and is led by Mary Gardner. Please let us Mary or Cheryl know of your interest to serve with music and worship.

Children & Youth Worship Arts

Youth & Children's Music programs
 Sundays: Youth Music and Drama at 5pm, Sundays

Children: 6:00pm, Music Suite (during academic year)

Participation in  music, drama, and art while growing in faith, serving others together, and practicing being leaders is integral to christian formation for children and youth.  From preschool to high school, participants learn in a fun and active environment and lead through music and drama in our worship services and other events. 

jarvis jammers
Tuesdays • 6:00pm 

Come sing or play with the Jammers, Tuesdays, 6-7pm.
We enjoy country, folk, gospel music, hymns and more. Guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, hand percussion, vocals and more are part of the Jarvis Jammers. Join in the fun! This is a come and go as your schedule needs group. It is ok to not attend each and every week! Everyone is welcome to participate, play, sing or just listen!
Jarvis Jammers is led by Jonathan Soulen.

Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm

Jarvis Handbell Choir meets Wednesdays in Room 102. Whether you are an experienced "Ding-a-ling" or a novice, there is a place for you in our music program.
With five octaves of handbells at Jarvis, handbell ensembles for beginners and experienced ringers of multiple ages. Please contact Cheryl Stephenson (cheryl@jarvis.church) and let us know of your interest - all ages and abilities are welcome.


Jarvis has a history of excellent instrumentalists and instrumental music in worship services. This ensemble is formed for different occasions and plays for worship services. If you play an instrument and would like to be included in our orchestral ensemble please contact Cheryl Stephenson, Director of Music Ministries.

Instruments at jarvis


The Robert Rives Taylor pipe organ was originally installed by the Tellers Pipe Organ Company of Erie, Pa., in 1958. The organ was restored and enlarged by Bob Lent of Shenandoah Organ Studio in Lyndhurst, Va., in 2006. The main organ, located at the front of the sanctuary, has 43 ranks, and the antiphonal organ, which also serves as the chapel organ, adjacent to the sanctuary, has six ranks. Stops added in 2006 six are the trumpet, clarion and vox humana in the Swell division. The most recent addition to the organ was the Festival Trumpet stop, added in 2013 and visible on each side of the choir loft arch.


Jarvis Memorial’s Music Ministry has three grand pianos in the church. The sanctuary has a 7’ Conservatory Concert Grand Yamaha, the choir room has a 5’ C2 Concert Grand Yamaha, and our chapel has a Howard Grand. There is a keyboard with our Praise Team.


Jarvis Memorial’s Music Ministry has 5 octaves of Malmark handbells and a full set of choir chimes.