Worshippers at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh believe in setting aside time to escape the stresses of life and become immersed in their faith.
The church’s series of contemplative prayer services will continue Monday.
Contemplative prayer is a worship style that steps back from the busyness of daily lives and to-do lists and embraces a time of stillness, reflection and meditation. Through contemplative prayer, believers hope to silence the noise in their minds and hear the word of God.
In addition to prayer and reflection, the special service at Pullen features movement meditations and time for silence, as well as music in the spirit of Taize.
The Taize is an order of monks in the Burgundy region of France. The monks are multi-denominational and come from countries around the world.
Music in the Taize style is a type of meditative singing in which the same words are sung over and over again. It’s a technique that worshippers believe enables them to listen better to God.
“The ecumenical nature of Taize worship is meaningful as a way of experiencing a sense of unity among Christians from different faith traditions,” said church member Ginny Going. “The simplicity and chant-like nature of the music allows participants to ‘sink’ below the sound and the words into a quiet place of connecting with God. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, and it seems to be for many a respite from the hectic and often stressful pace of daily life.”
Pullen Memorial Baptist offers contemplative prayer as an ecumenical outreach and a way to share its Poteat Chapel with the community.
The floor at the chapel features a labyrinth that is used during the services. Labyrinths feature sacred patterns that lead followers toward the center and back out again and are used as a tool to promote deep reflection.
The origins of the labyrinth are traced back to A.D. 350 when worshippers entering a church in Algeria traced the pattern of the labyrinth with their fingers as a way to focus their thoughts and open themselves up to the presence of God.
Pullen Memorial’s next contemplative prayer service, incorporating faith traditions from around the world, is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Poteat Chapel on the church campus at 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.
The Wake Forest United Methodist Men will fry fish from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8.
The menu calls for flounder, coleslaw, potatoes and hush puppies. Each plate costs $8, with dine-in and carry-out available.
The church is located at 905 S. Main St., Wake Forest.
Family History Discovery Day
Family History Discovery Day at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Raleigh is set for Saturday.
Participants will search for family members to add to their family trees, take the names for temple ordinances and teach other family members to do the same.
There will be sessions ranging from the basics of genealogy to making the most of the genealogy database ancestry.com, which houses billions of historical records and millions of family trees.
Through a collaboration with the LDS church, members are granted free access to records through ancestry.com.
The sessions are free, and registration is available through eventbrite.com.
Family History Discover Day will take place at the church’s Stake Family History Center, which is located at 5060 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.
Share your Vacation Bible School news
Summer will be here soon, and that means churches around the area are busy making Vacation Bible School plans.
Please share the details of your VBS with us, and we’ll publish it in an upcoming Faith in Focus column. My email address is located at the bottom of this column.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.