Faith in Focus: Area churches celebrate music, wellness and more

07/16/2014 12:00 AM

07/14/2014 11:05 AM

A young and talented group from Great Britain will be sharing their musical talents at the Raleigh Moravian Church Thursday night.

The Smithills School Senior Brass Band from Bolton, England, will perform at the church as part of a series of concerts across North Carolina this July. The band is made of up of 14students between the ages of 12 and 18, along with one alumnus of the school.

The group has been honored six times by the BBC with the Band of the Year Award in addition to winning multiple national and world championships.

The Raleigh Moravian Church is sponsoring the brass band concert as part of its rich musical tradition, which includes a church band.

“This appearance by Smithills Senior Brass Band is a wonderful chance for our band members and our fans to enjoy a different style of band music and meet some remarkably accomplished young people,” says Barb Prillaman, a member of the Moravian Church Band and the Raleigh Concert Band, the other sponsor of the performance. “I hope everyone who has ever played a band instrument will come to the concert July 17 to welcome these musicians to Raleigh,” Prillaman says.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Raleigh Moravian Church on 1816 Ridge Road.

Community health fair

Trinity Baptist Church is promoting good health this summer with its Health and Wellness Fair on Friday night from 5-7p.m.

The church is offering free health screenings and health education, as well as food, giveaways and prizes.

The Health and Wellness Fair will be held at Trinity Baptist’s Recreation and Outreach Center (ROC), at 4815 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

Block party

A start-up church in Wake Forest is hosting a family-friendly block party this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Heritage High School.

The Circle Church will be offering an inflatable castle, games, free food and fellowship to introduce itself.

This non-denominational church will begin worshiping together this fall. Heritage High School is located at 1150 Forestville Road in Wake Forest.

Inclusive worship

This Sunday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church presents its monthly SHiNE worship service for people with disabilities and their families.

The inclusive service takes place from 12:30-1 p.m. in the Good Shepherd sanctuary at 7000 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh.

Later that evening at 7, the Good Shepherd Drum Circle will gather for its one-year anniversary. Communal drumming is an ancient spiritual practice and the drum circle, led by Lorrie Houze, incorporates not only drums but also djembes, doumbeks, congas, bongos and a variety of small hand percussion instruments. Drums and hand percussion are provided but drummers may bring their own drums if they’d prefer. Admission is free and beginners as well as experienced drummers are invited to attend. Contact Clifford Badgley at 919-848-1573 for more information.

Student Fellowship Reunion

North Carolina State University’s United Student Fellowship is inviting all former members and their families to join together for a reunion weekend next year that will begin on July 17, 2015. All of the activities will take place in and around the campus. USF members should watch the group’s Facebook page, for updates on the plans and pass on any relevant contact information to

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