Durham News: Community

On Faith: Duke Chapel to close for yearlong restoration

Last year, Duke Chapel announced it would undergo a yearlong restoration project to begin in May.

During this time, events and services usually held in the chapel will occur elsewhere on the Duke University campus.

University worship services at 11 a.m. on Sundays will be held in Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus during the coming summer and then in Page Auditorium on West Campus during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Choral vespers at 5:15 p.m. on Thursdays when classes are in session will take place in Goodson Chapel at the divinity school.

Midweek prayer services at noon on Wednesday when classes are in session will be held in the chapel basement.

Catholic Mass wil be held at 9 p.m. Sundays in Goodson Chapel and at noon Mondays and Wednesdays in the chapel conference room.

Christmas Eve worship will be held in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The chapel carillon will continue to be played at most of its customary times, 5 p.m. weekdays and Sundays before and after the 11 a.m. worship service.

Some events, normally held in the chapel will not occur during the restoration period, including chapel organ recitals and Tuesday evening communion services.

The restoration work, which includes rehabilitating the ceiling and replacing the chapel’s original roof, will displace services and events normally held in the chapel nave, the main worship space, beginning the Monday after commencement weekend. The chapel crypt and Memorial Chapel will also be closed.

Chapel basement offices and meeting areas will remain open for normal activities during the restoration year, including meetings of various Religious Life groups.

‘Furniture Project’

The Community Luncheon Roundtable will meet at noon Thursday in the fellowship hall at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St.

A presentation by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will invite this group to participate in “The Furniture Project of Durham.” This ministry provides gently used furniture free of charge to individuals and families who are moving from homelessness to housing or have suffered catastrophic loss of furniture.

Lunch is provided by CORE Catering. All are welcome.

‘A New Life’

North East Baptist Church, 3204 N.C. 55, is sponsoring a behavioral health resource program titled “A New Life” from March 26-June 4. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

This is a 12-week program on the psychological and physiological study of addictions and addictive behavior, how to recognize, treat and manage this issue in the family, church and community.

This is part of A New Life Program that started at the church in 2008. There are three presenters: E. Jean Moore, with a degree in pastoral counseling and a focus on addictions, has worked in the field for about 10 years; Sharon Lee, who has a doctorate in Christian counseling, has worked with this program for five years; and Jackie Jackson, a former nurse, has worked in the program for six years.

For more information, call Moore at 919-475-8693, or Jackson at 919-316-9390, or Lee at 631-882-1257.

Duke Chapel Choir

The Duke Chapel Choir will present J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” a sacred oratorio scored for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel.

This well known composition follows the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion as told in the Gospel of Matthew.

Conducted by Rodney Wynkoop, the choir will be joined by the Durham Children’s Choir and Orchestra Pro Cantores.

Holy Week services

Holy Week, beginning Sunday, will include special services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1320 Umstead Road.

One worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center will include a palm processional, singing songs of celebration and witnessing what it might have been like when Jesus entered Jerusalem. A covered dish lunch will be served after the service and an Easter egg hunt for children will be held in the picnic area.

On Maundy Thursday, a 7 p.m. joint worship service with Mt. Sylvan UMC will include Holy Communion and the washing of feet. This service will be held at Aldersgate in its Family Life Center.

On Good Friday, Tennebrae worship is at 7 p.m., a service of darkness when lights and candles are extinguished until only one light, the Christ light, is still burning.

The gospel stories will be read and a combined choir from Aldersgate and Mt. Sylvan will provide special music. This service will be held at Mt. Sylvan, 5731 N. Roxboro Road.

The 7 a,m. Easter Sunrise service is a joint service with Faith Alliance Church, including a message by Pastor Tim Williamson of Faith Alliance. This service will be held at Aldersgate with breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. served in the Family Life Center.

Easter Sunday worship at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Aldersgate will include music by a brass ensemble, handbells, a praise band and the Chancel Choir. Pastor Doug Lain will preach.

Easter egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt for all children in the Parkwood community is happening at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parkwood United Methodist Church, 5123 Revere Road.

Lots of eggs, candy and games will mark the event that is planned for ages 12 and under. Kids will be divided by age to make sure every child has an opportunity to take home lots of eggs.

Also on Saturday at 5 p.m., a new worship opportunity at the church called “Come to the Table” is on tap.

Participants will gather around the table for a potluck dinner, praise songs, worship and a sermon on the topic “Food and Faith.”

Childcare is provided and activities for older children who stay around the table will be provided.

The event will close with the celebration of Holy Communion.

Palm parade

Members of three downtown churches will take to the streets waving palm branches on Sunday morning to mark Palm or Passion Sunday.

Children and adults from First Presbyterian, St. Philip’s Episcopal and Trinity United Methodist churches will gather at 10:15 a.m. in the parking lot at First Presbyterian to bless the palms. Then all will proceed around the block together waving palm branches, stopping in front of each participating church to bless the ongoing ministries of each congregation.

At the conclusion of the parade, participants will gather in their respective sanctuaries for the 11 a.m. Sunday worship, which marks the beginning of Holy Week.

The public is invited to bring palms or leafy branches and join the parade.

Contact Flo Johnston at fjohnston314@gmail.com or call 910-361-4135.