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.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.; meets in the Fellowship Hall classroom. New members are welcome at any time.
Beginning on September 16, the Exploring Together class will discuss Muslim Faith and Values, based on a newly revised book of that title by Dr. Robert Hunt, a United Methodist who is one of the leading scholars of Christians’ relationships with Muslims in the world.
After the introductory session on September 16, the classes on the following Sunday mornings will discuss the “Oneness” of God in Islam, Muhammad, the Quran, Shariah law, and Muslims’ religious practices including their festivals.
How much do Christians know about Muslims? Sometimes the public stereotypes about followers of Islam are completely wrong about the spiritual beliefs and moral values of Muslims in the United States. For example, according to a major study of religious life in America, more Muslims than Presbyterians or United Methodists believe in heaven, and more Muslims than Presbyterians or Methodists say we need stronger laws to protect the environment. 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. If you want to join the discussion and/or would like a link to a printed copy of the story, please contact Todd Adams at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Study Group
The group meets weekly on Tuesdays, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and fellowship. The discussion begins at 10. All women are invited to participate in our discussion, based on the Kerygma study, “An Odd Couple, Jonah and Ruth – Lessions for our Fractured World.” Study books are $20 but are not required. If you have questions, contact Lynn Stall by clicking here or call 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-929-2612.