How it Started
After almost a year of planning, on September 12, 2002, the first Alternative Service was held at the First United Methodist Church in Toccoa, GA. The entire service is intended to engage attendees through music, video, and graphics that reinforce the message brought by the pastor in the sermon.
Our Associate Pastor in 2002 was Joe Peabody, Jr. Joe had previous experience with contemporary worship, so he was the primary architect of the service, and among other components of the service, Joe recruited church members to form what was referred to as the Praise Band for the Alternative Service. The group settled on the name Tempered Still after researching scripture that fit with our view of what we were trying to accomplish as a band. A favorite Bible verse, Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still and know that I am God." Through our music we are trying to anoint our congregation with the stillness that is required of us to be able to listen to God when He speaks to us. The name, when spelled a different way (tempered steel), conjures up the thought of a process used in the manufacturing of steel, reminding us of how we all, while on this earth, are being shaped and molded and trained to be followers of Christ.
Joe Peabody led the group as Worship Leader until June of 2005 when he was called upon to move to another area of ministry. Joe asked band member Keith Watson to take over his duties as worship leader when he left in 2005. A few members of the group have come and gone over the years, but the primary numbers have remained.
The Praise Band is comprised of skilled singers and musicians. All are welcomed to audition for the group by contacting Keith Watson at KeithWatson@bowen-watson.com .
Beginning September 1, 2016 the name of the service was changed from the Alternative to Contemporary Service.
Our 8:30 a.m. serivce is called the Contemporary Service. Here you will find a more relaxed worship with modern Christian worship songs, video that enhances the sermon, and breakfast.
Join us for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. where friends can gather around the table to fellowship before the service.