ALTAR GUILD - This dedicated group of parishioners prepares the altar for services and maintains the beautiful vessels used during Eucharist.  If you would like to join the Altar Guild contact Janet Wester ( or Kate Singely ( for more information.

FLOWER GUILD - St. Philip's Flower Guild prepares amazingly beautiful altar flower arrangements for the Main Sanctuary as well as the Chapel of the Cross.  For more information on how to become a part of this wonderful ministry contact Jan Fairly (, Julie Harrelson ( or Debbie Raker ( for more information about how to get involved.  Training is available! 

WORSHIP PARTICIPATION - We welcome parishioners who would like to become more involved in the liturgy. If you are interested in becoming a  Lay Reader (read aloud the appointed lessons for the day), Lay Eucharistic Minister (vest (wear an alb), assist at the altar), an Acolyte (can be young or "young at heart"),an  Usher (welcome people to church and assist in the smooth running of the service), or a  Lay Eucharistic Visitor (take consecrated Eucharist to parishioners who can not attend church) you are encouraged to get more involved. You are welcome to contact the office for further information about training and licensing (as needed). 


The choir at St. Philip's is a wonderful addition to our worship each week.  If you would like to get involved contact Debbie Skillman at, or leave a message at the parish office 910-457-5643 for more information. Here a two opportunties to be part of a choir:

  • 40th Anniversary Celebration for Debbie Skillman
    The Choir of St. Philip's Church celebrated the 40th anniversary of Mrs. Debbie Skillman as organist and choirmaster at St. Philip's Church.  The choir commissioned a special worked inspired by Mrs. Skillman's inspirational departing phrase "Make a Joyful Noise" as the choir exits the choir room each week to sing at the 10:30 service. Choir members secretly practiced (and practiced) this piece for many months and were accompanied by Mr. Steve Skillman (Debbie's husband) on the French Horn. It was a wonderful (and surprise) gift from a loving choir to their adored choirmaster.  Such Joy!

    Follow the link to see and hear this fabulous performance.


  • Tenebrae
    Tenebrae from the Latin means “darkness”. The service of Tenebrae has origins in the church dating back to the eighth century and commemorates the final hours of Jesus life on earth. The tone of the service is one of deep and solemn meditation. The Tenebrae service includes the Solemn reproaches of the cross which have their origins in the Good Friday liturgy of the Latin Church. During the service, light is gradually extinguished to symbolize the dimming of the light of the world as Christ departs from it.

    St. Philip’s offers choral Tenebrae on the Wednesday evening of Holy Week.



ST. PHILIP'S MINISTRY TO CARILLON ASSITED LIVING : In early 2010, Deacon Henrietta Williams of St. Philip’s started a monthly Morning Prayer meeting at Carillon.  Requests by the residents for a communion service and more frequent services has led to the current schedule of a service every Sunday at 9:30 am to 10:00 am with communion every fourth Sunday of the month.  Attendance has been running between 8 and 14 people each Sunday. The services are informal, led by a St. Philip’s volunteer, and there is a printed service program, including hymns, for all the attendees.  Music, either piano players for the hymns, an instrument to accompany or a singer are also St. Philip’s volunteers.  For more information on this most rewarding ministry contact Loraine Armstrong ( or Don Hill (


Deacons are one of the three orders of ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church and started after Bishops in order to historically assist with the distribution of alms to the poor.  Currently, after completing a program of study and formation and meeting all canonical requirements, deacons are assigned to a local church and work under the overall direction of a bishop serving as the boots on the ground for bishops.

Deacons typically bring unique sets of skills  to the church to help the church meet the needs of those in the world who are poor, sick, marginalized, and disenfranchised.  Deacons are a bridge between the church and the world bringing the needs of the world to the attention of the church and helping the church develop ministries to meet those needs.  Deacons are also icons of servant ministry offering their skills and time to the work of the church in a non-stipendiary capacity. 

While deacons are "utility infielders" and can be found doing a variety of tasks, Deacons Sally and Pam have different areas of focus.  Deacon Pam supports "in reach" activities, Stephen Ministry, and pastoral support.  Deacon Sally supports outreach ministries, Opioid Addiction Task Force efforts, the Southport Oak Island Interchurch Fellowship, and provides support for the Diocesan School for Ministry.