North Raleigh: Community

Faith in Focus: Church groups for singles make a connection

Two local groups that work to connect single adults to Christ are connecting with each other.

Members of the Singles 35+ group at Raleigh’s Crossroads Fellowship are meeting up with the participants of the Connect 4 Fellowship for dinner and a trip to a corn maze.

The Crossroads group offers regular programs for single church members, from bible studies to supportive sessions and social activities.

Connect 4 is a para-ministry – a citywide gathering of single adults without any particular church affiliation. The group meets on Saturday evenings at The Point Church in Cary. The sessions involve teaching, fellowship, prayer and usually dinner.

Connect 4 was founded by Kris Swiatocho, a full-time minister.

“I speak and teach around the U.S. and abroad sharing the Gospel, training and equipping,” Swiatocho said. “I have the best life ever. My heart is mostly singles as most churches do little to minister to them.”

The event for the two groups is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17. The evening will begin with dinner and a corn maze. It will end outside underneath a rented tent with a message, testimonials, games, snacks and fellowship.

For more information about Connect4, go to

Fundraiser for Uganda

A faith-based nonprofit in Raleigh will host its annual fundraiser to support education and water projects in Uganda on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Share the Blessings is an ecumenical group that was founded 12 years ago when members of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh and St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary traveled with a Ugandan priest to his home country.

The group currently sponsors 40 Ugandan primary, secondary and seminary students and refurbishes used laptops for Ugandan students.

Share the Blessings has also sponsored the digging of 20 community wells and has three more in progress.

The fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cary Senior Center. The speaker will be Fr. Joseph Kazibwe-Ntuwa, a Ugandan priest and a chaplain at the Newman Center at N.C. State University.

Share the Blessings is staffed entirely by volunteers and plans to use proceeds from the fundraiser to dig another well and encourage more sponsorships of Ugandan students.

For more details about the fundraiser, email

Fall Festival

Wake Forest Baptist Church will celebrate the arrival of autumn with a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

Activities include the popular doughnut-on-a-string, corn hole, a bounce house, a cakewalk and face painting. Costumes are welcome.

The event is free, but concessions will be sold to benefit the music ministry at the church.

The festival will take place on Wake Forest Baptist’s Stephenson Campus, which is located at 12120 Wake Union Church Road in Wake Forest.

Stew for sale

The youth of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church will sell homemade Brunswick stew as a fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 18.

The stew costs $10 a quart, and proceeds will benefit youth mission projects at the church.

Hayes Barton United Methodist is located at 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at