A Raleigh church that has been meeting in a movie theater for nine years is starting a new chapter.
Southbridge Fellowship will begin meeting at Pine Hollow Middle School on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Southbridge Fellowship was founded by Scott Lehr in 2006 and has made its home at the Brier Creek movie theater in North Raleigh. But the theater underwent a renovation to feature recliner-style seats, and there is no longer enough room for the congregation.
On an average Sunday, 800 people worship with Southbridge. The number swells to 1,000 on Easter Sunday.
Pine Hollow Middle is a new year-round school located off of Leesville Road near Interstate 540.
Leaders at Southbridge Fellowship are working toward a permanent facility for the church’s home. A capital campaign raised enough money to buy a 10-acre site on Glenwood Avenue where church leaders plan to build.
Until then, the church faces special challenges holding services in a building that wasn’t designed to be a church.
“Every week there is significant set up and tear down for things like audio, video, lighting, worship and children’s ministry. Our children’s ministry has almost 200 children every Sunday, so that’s a lot of supplies and classrooms to organize each week,” said Carrie Evans, communications director for Southbridge Fellowship. “It also can limit activities outside of Sunday morning, like mid-week studies or ministry gatherings. We’ve had opportunities to be very creative with hosting outdoor services for Easter Sunday and finding separate venues for special services like Christmas Eve.”
Services will begin at 9:15 and 11 a.m. Aug. 28 at Pine Hollow Middle. The children’s ministry for infants through fifth-graders is available at both services.
“With the dedicated auditorium and classrooms we feel this is an exciting move for us and we’re excited to see how God continues to work in and through the church at Pine Hollow,” Evans said. “We are also excited about the opportunities to serve the faculty and staff there. We hope our presence in the school is a blessing to the families and faculty at Pine Hollow.”
For more information about the church, go to southbridgefellowship.com.
Many churches mark the start of traditional-calendar schools by offering backpack blessings during Sunday services.
On Sunday, Aug. 28, Millbrook Baptist Church, Soapstone United Methodist Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will have students and teachers come forward with their backpacks to receive blessings as they begin another year of instruction.
At Christ Church in downtown Raleigh, backpacks will be blessed at the 10 a.m. service, and parishioners have been asked to bring small school supplies to donate to Hope Charter Leadership Academy. Christ Church has a supportive relationship with the school.
Presbyterian women event
The Presbyterian Women of the New Hope Presbytery will come together Saturday, Aug. 27, for a special one-day event.
The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. The $10 charge includes lunch.
Author Judy Siker, a North Carolina native and Meredith College graduate, will lead a Bible study.
To register, go to http://goo.gl/TGhc7l.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host Coffeehouse from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
Don Helmey and his band, Quench, will perform a mix of rock, country and rhythm and blues.
Coffeehouse is an evening of entertainment, refreshments, fun and fellowship for adults of all abilities. The event is free.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at email@example.com.