In the late 1800s there were two Methodist churches on Ocracoke. The Methodist Episcopal Church (the "Northern Church") was located on the Back Road; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (the "Southern Church") was on Howard Street.
The two churches were not far apart "as the crow flies" and, in the summer months when the windows were open, they often competed informally to demonstrate which congregation's hymn singing was more robust.
My father delighted in telling me of the Sunday morning when the southern church had just finished singing "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" The last notes were wafting through the village when the northern church launched into "No, Not One."
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.