Church resumes its Soul Celebration
After a summer break, the Wilton Congregational Church on Ridgefield Road resumed its Soul Celebration service on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. A staple for 13 years, the service is “a contemporary experience for the whole family,” according to Ken McGarry, director of youth ministries at the church.
Upcoming services will be held Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, all at 5. Beginning in January, the service will be offered twice a month, Mr. McGarry said. Eventually, within the next two years, Mr. McGarry anticipates the service will be offered weekly.
“It’s an eclectic blend of modern musical styles from bluegrass to rock to the blues and features modern instrumentation,” he said. “We have a band and several singers that lead the group in worship. It incorporates a lot of traditional elements of worship but in a less formal way.”
Musical leadership is provided by a rotating team of volunteers and professionals.
Not all the services are similar. Saturday’s service, for example, recognized the church’s youth mission trip from the summer and students were invited to tell stories and show pictures and enjoy a dinner afterwards. In December, an event known as Crèche, Cookies and Carols precedes the service.
“In the spring we invite a local gospel choir to join the band,” Mr. McGarry said. The choir is from the Talmadge Hill Community Church in Darien.
“It’s a welcoming service,” Mr. McGarry said of the 5 p.m. worship. “We encourage all to participate whether they are members of the congregation or not.