Worship/Music

Worship with us at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday.

16713114-tray-with-bread-red-grapes-and-cup-of-wine-symbolizing-the-body-and-blood-of-christWe celebrate worship that is a blend of styles. Our musicians lead us in praise choruses, upbeat spirituals, and classic hymns. Both the traditional choir and the contemporary praise band participate each week.

Worship is centered around the Word of God with practical, biblical sermons that challenge us to live our faith every day. After the hour-long service, worshippers are welcome to partake in complimentary snacks with coffee, juice, and tea.

Communion is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. To be as inclusive as possible, we offer gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic grape juice to anyone (regardless of age or denomination) who is able and willing to join the traditional communion sacrament.

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SHPC Communion Tree Illustration with fingerprints and thumbprints of worshippers:

Showing solidarity with those whose physical limitations do not allow for direct food/beverage intake.

Those who cannot absorb solid and/or liquid food can be accommodated through alternative tactile participation, such as prayerfully putting one’s fingerprint or thumbprint onto a Communion Tree Illustration, as seen above.

Spacious free parking, handicap-friendly access, and a Quiet Room is available to inclusively accommodate as many worshippers as possible.

Pets Are Welcome Service (PAWS):

First Sundays, 5:00 p.m.

(EXCEPT: In rare cases of natural emergencies, such as wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, etc.)

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We live in a pet-friendly neighborhood and welcome our animal companions in their own appropriately secure and comfortable leashes, harnesses, &/or carriers to this service!

We provide sizable and comfortable mats for pets to lounge on. Depending on weather conditions, PAWS takes place either inside the small chapel or at our scenic outdoors. We also collect as this service’s offering optional monetary donations to support verified local animal rescue organizations. Free, hypoallergenic treats are also given to your pets at the end of each brief service.

Whether you have pets or not (but are at least animal-friendly), you are welcome to have PAWS as your Sunday afternoon Vesper Service with us here at SHPC!

Messy Church – 2nd Sundays

SHPC Community Garden, 4:00 p.m.

(EXCEPT: Federal/Cultural 3-Day Holiday Weekends, including Mothers’ Day, the Superbowl, etc., Select Advent & Christmas Winter Sundays between December and January, Lenten Season between late February through early April, and during Heavy Rainstorms)

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Messy Church is an inter-generational, interactive worship service and experience. It is committed to being for all ages and abilities. It is based on creativity, hospitality, and celebration!

Please wear only clothes you don’t fuss about, since this service can literally live up to its name!

This 2016 through 2017, the theme of SHPC’s Messy Church will be the Book of Exodus, wherein we use stories, crafts, games, and some hearty helpings of food to help us meditate and worship and tactile ways about God’s message of deliverance away from sin and injustice.

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Labyrinth Meditational Walk

SHPC has its own oak tree-shaded Labyrinth where individuals can peacefully walk and meditate – whether alone, with other people, or even with animal companions. This is a great way to spiritually recharge anytime from the hustle and bustle of the Greater Los Angeles area. An easy-to-use 20-Minute Sabbath Meditation Guide recommended by PCUSA can be downloaded here or by copying and paste this link to your Web browser: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/walking-labyrinth.

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Homebound Communion Ministry

Our Congregational Care team is also ready to deliver Communion to those who are not physically able to come to SHPC for worship services. Please kindly call or e-mail the Church Office (visit our “Contact Us” page for more details) with your requests .

Homebound Communion Kit Session Member Margaret Henken, Diane Alamillo, & Ministry Intern Diedra Goulding Aug 3 2014

Music Ministry: Our Music Director/Keyboardist, Choir, and Instrumentalists for both Classical Hymns and Contemporary Praise

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SHPC is blessed to have a high quality team of volunteer classical choir members, contemporary praise band members, and instrumentalists, led by SHPC’s own professional Music Director and Keyboardist – Grace Kang, a well-regarded Christian worship music director and singer who successfully launched her own first solo Gospel album, Grace Sings Grace, in 2012, while also serving as the Music Director, Keyboardist, Music Minister, Worship Leader, and Soloist (instruments and/or vocals) as needed for various Greater Boston Area churches in Massachusetts.

In addition to Christian-themed classical and contemporary music work, Grace has also applied her rigorous music studies and skills (BA in Music, Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee, and Master of Music, Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music) as a soprano soloist for critically-acclaimed and well-attended secular ensemble concerts, solo concerts, and iconic operatic performances, including: Boston University Concert Choir’s Mozart Coronation Mass Concert in 2005, and various Boston-area opera productions (Nanetta from Verdi’s Falstaff, Susanna from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Adina from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Sophie from Massenet’s Werther).

Before her highly accomplished music studies and professional music career in Boston, MA, though, Grace and her family have always had deep roots in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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Grace Kang, SHPC Music Director and Keyboardist from January 2017 onwards!

Thus, when Grace was given the opportunity to move back to Los Angeles to advance further in her weekday career as an investment operations professional (MBA, Northeastern University), she also faithfully chose to make the most out of this homecoming by choosing to apply her diverse musical skills during weekends as the SHPC Music Director and Keyboardist as of January 2017 –  bringing over 14 years of professional, world-class experience as a performing artist who can do any genre (ex. Jazz, Gospel, Classical, and Contemporary), skillfully complementing SHPC’s own multi-generational family of multi-talented volunteers in our Choir and Contemporary Praise Band!

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Included too among SHPC’s current and long-time volunteer vocalists and instrumentalists are: Michael McGinnis, a past member of the iconic American folk music group The New Christy Minstrels; Margaret Henken, who plays the viola in Orange County’s Pacific Symphony; her husband John Henken (seen above in between blue-shirted Jeff Thompson, who plays bass guitar with our SHPC Praise Band when he’s not busy with his fine art printmaking business, and bearded harmonica player Arlie, our favorite military veteran and pet dad to our German Shepherd pals Buddy and April, during the April 2016 Blessing of the Animals), the current publications editor and a past performer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and noted independent jazz saxophonist Jennifer Hall.

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From L-R: St. Augustine, an early Doctor of the Christian Church, encourages us all to participate in worship through music; John Henken temporarily had led some choir rehearsals in 2016 as we awaited Grace Kang to finally come home to Los Angeles to lead our Music Ministry; and of course, a “New Choir Members Welcome” poster!*

Our choir currently rehearses under Grace Kang’s leadership around 9:00 a.m. on Sundays before the Sunday Morning service (to gear up for the forthcoming service’s pieces), as well as around 11:45 a.m. after the Sunday Morning service (to prepare for the following Sunday’s pieces) inside the Main Sanctuary.

We heartily welcome anyone of any level of musical skill and experience (from novice to professional, as well as everyone else in between!) to join our small yet passionately talented team in applying many possible genres (i.e. traditional hymns, Gospel spirituals, contemporary Hillsongs, and more) in glorifying God through music!

Click on to Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church of Sunland, California’s Facebook page or type in https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShadowHillsPres/ to scan for seasonal video excerpts (captured via smartphone by our alert members and attenders such as Shelly Carter, Deidra Goulding, and Liz Balmore) of amazing musical performances of copyright-free or originally composed Christian music from our choir and praise band members!