North Raleigh: Community

Faith in Focus: Music Made in Heaven celebrates children who died too soon

Music Made in Heaven, a Raleigh handbell choir that performs in memory of children who have died, will present its annual Gathering Concert on Sunday, May 15.

Each bell the choir rings has been donated by a parent, and the name of the child is inscribed on the handle. At the concert, each bell will ring and the name of each child will be read aloud.

Music Made in Heaven was founded by Elizabeth Barnes, who lost her 9-year-old daughter Janet to a devastating tornado that swept through Raleigh in 1988. Barnes is a ringer in the choir, and nearly all of the members have lost a child.

Throughout the year the group participates in memorial services, rings holiday carols at Duke University Hospital and last year organized a mass ringing of the national anthem at a Durham Bulls baseball game with more than 100 ringers from other handbell choirs.

The Gathering Concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at First Baptist Church on Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information about the choir, go to

Five Points 5K

Hayes Barton Baptist Church will present the second annual Five Points 5K on Saturday, May 14.

The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the church, which is located at 1800 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The race course makes its way through the Five Points neighborhood.

An after-race health fair in the church’s Family Life Center will feature free health screenings and information.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the physical education programs at Underwood and Partnership elementary schools, which are located near the church.

To register, go to

Fish fry

Westover United Methodist Church is battering up for its annual fish fry on Friday, May 13.

Meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, located at 300 Powell Drive in Raleigh near the State Fairgrounds.

Each plate costs $9 and comes with a free hotdog for children 12 and younger. Eat-in and take-out will be available.


The SHiNE service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

The service is designed for worshipers of all abilities and their families. The church is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.

Community Sing

The Raleigh Moravian Church will open its doors from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, for a Community Sing and Choral Concert.

The audience will listen to and participate in the singing of spirituals, hymns, Renaissance and Moravian music.

A love offering will be collected for a Raleigh Moravian Church mission project. The church is located at 1816 Ridge Road, Raleigh.

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