Chapel in the Pines offers a variety of programs that will foster growth of our faith in a welcoming atmosphere in small groups. If you have ideas about forming a small group, please discuss them with Joelle Brummitt-Yale, Director of Christian Education, or Barbara Strange, Education Committee chair. We are open to new groups and also encourage your involvement in the groups now formed. We hope you will find the right group for you.
Come brew yourself a Keurig cup, then join Andrew at 9:15 a.m. in the Gathering Room (children’s wing of main building) for conversation about the Poem of Preparation found in each week’s bulletin. The idea is the discussion will prime the pump for that morning’s service, as well as create community through conversation (and caffeine). Andrew particularly wishes to invite members of the choir (who might want to pop in before rehearsal), parents and caregivers (who can bring children to Godly Play), as well as new members and those interested in becoming members of the church. There’s no preparation ahead of time. Just show up and join this intentionally inter-generational learning experience. All are welcome!
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; meets in the Fellowship Hall classroom. New members are welcome at any time.
The Exploring Together Class begins a new study on Ecclesiastes by Ellen F. Davis on September 29. Contact Sandy Williams for more information.
Literature and Spirituality Discussion
The Literature and Spirituality Group reads and discusses literature from a spiritual perspective. Everyone is welcome! Good fellowship and good food always abounds. This group meets once a month on a Sunday for lunch and book discussion at a member’s home. The next gathering is on July 28 at 12:30 at Mary Ellen Houck’s home in Fearrington. The book is The Best Mystery Stories 2018, edited by Louise Penny. We are to read the first three and any others we wish. For more information please contact Betsy Sunde by clicking here.
Children and Youth
This service is available every Sunday during Church School and Worship. Our competent paid staff and volunteers will lovingly care for your young child(ren).
Children’s Church School
Chapel in the Pines offers a unique faith development program for children called Godly Play. Godly Play is more than just a classroom curriculum. It is an approach to supporting the faith development of young people that mirrors the worship experience. Godly Play meets each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m.
One of the great joys and strengths of Godly Play is that it prepares young people to integrate into Sunday worship services. As such, we encourage children to stay in the sanctuary for the entirety of each worship service so that they can regularly experience and participate in it. At the same time, we also recognize that remaining focused for a full worship service may be particularly challenging for young children.
To support our young people, we have created a space just outside the sanctuary called the Sacred Art Table. A table and chairs are located in the narthex. On this table, a spiritual coloring poster and crayons are available, along with an adult volunteer. Children may visit this table for all or part of the worship service. They may also continue sitting with their parents or caretakers during the service. While at the Sacred Table, the volunteer will aid them in quietly coloring while also encouraging them to participate in worship, as they are willing and able.
It is our hope that by encouraging children to stay in the sanctuary during worship service that we all will experience one another as God’s family. As Delia Halverson, Christian educator and author of How Do Our Children Grow? writes, “Worship, in some ways, is like a family meal. Individuals in a family can, and sometimes do, eat separately. But there is a deeper enjoyment in a meal when we share it with other members of the family…If we never worship as a church family, with all the church family, then we miss the depth of love that can grow between worshipers.”
Mid-Week Study Groups/Discussion Groups
This group is for the young-at-heart (read “over 40”) and meets at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. If you are interested in the ways life and theology intersect, this is the gathering for you. You will be pushed theologically, you will be challenged intellectually, and you will be free to share whatever thoughts and opinions
you have. The group meets at Rasa Malaysia in Southern Village. For more information please contact Sandy Williams at email@example.com.
Women’s Study Group
The group meets weekly – temporarily on Wednesdays, gathering at 11:00 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. All women are invited to participate in our discussion. If you have questions, contact Marcia Ladd by clicking here or call the church office at 919-960-0616. Newcomers are welcome any time. [NOTE: On the second Tuesday of each month, the group volunteers at Take and Eat Food Pantry.]
Conversations on Race
Are you interested in working toward racial reconciliation in our community and our world? Would you like to challenge yourself to understand how issues of race affect our communities, schools and churches? All are welcome to join us for conversation which will spur us on to action. We meet every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at the church. For more information please contact Sandy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love to read? Enjoy discussing books with others? This is the group for you! Devoted Readers was organized about 8 years ago. We would like to share our love of books with other women in our church. We currently meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the church. We read mostly current fiction and some non-fiction we find of interest.
Each month one of us leads the discussion on the chosen book. If you are interested in joining Devoted Readers, please come on Wednesday, whether you have read either book or not. We would love to have you join us. For more information, please contact Lynne Hoerter at email@example.com or calling 919-929-2612.