West Raleigh Presbyterian Church is bringing together worship and art. Liturgical artist Hannah Garrity will visit the church Wednesday, May 21, for a daylong session of Scripture-based banner making.
“I make huge banners that are a visual representation of the text, and are like a visual sermon,” Garrity said. “I lead the group to study the text like a Bible study, then we sketch ideas and create a final installation as a group based on the text.”
Each banner is about 12 feet tall and hangs in the worship space.
Garrity, a painter and art educator in Virginia, is the summertime liturgical artist for the art ministry at the Montreat Conference Center in western North Carolina. Montreat is one of the national conference centers for the Presbyterian Church.
Garrity has created 32 full-scale banners for Montreat. She said the connection between art and worship is powerful for her and she knew she had to use her artistic gifts to continue creating them.
“I would say that I was called,” Garrity said. “I go to Montreat each summer and saw art being made and was in the worship service where art had been made based on the text and was really moved by the impact it had on me as a visual person. I was very connected with the worship service, and the worship services were much more memorable for me when there was art involved in the worship planning.”
To see some of the banners Garrity has painted and installed, go to hannahgarrity.com.
Raleigh Boychoir concert
The Raleigh Boychoir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Wake Forest Baptist Church.
The concert is part of the Virginia Tull Music & Arts Series, which is a ministry and outreach of the church. The Raleigh Boychoir is a nonprofit group that musically trains boys ages 7 to 14.
General admission tickets are $12, tickets for seniors are $10, student tickets are $5 and children 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased online at wakeforestbaptistchurch.org.
Wake Forest Baptist Church is located at 107 E. South Ave., Wake Forest.
Relay For Life
Relay For Life of Northern Wake will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Stephenson Campus of Wake Forest Baptist Church.
Relay for Life is a global fundraiser for the American Cancer society. The event is the culmination of a season of fundraising and will feature a cancer survivor lap and the lighting of luminaries.
Events are designed to honor cancer survivors and remember those who have died from the disease while raising money and awareness.
The Stephenson Campus of Wake Forest Baptist is located at 12120 Wake Union Church Road, Wake Forest.
The band Friday’s Veil will perform Christian contemporary music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s Coffeehouse event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 20.
Coffeehouse is a night of entertainment and fellowship for adults of all abilities. The church is looking for 25 volunteers to help staff the event. To volunteer, or to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.
Weather and Ice Cream
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church will host Weather Night with Elizabeth Gardner, a meteorologist for WRAL, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
Participants can eat ice cream and tour the church’s PLOW Community Garden, which aims to help nearby communities can learn about vegetable gardening and feeding the hungry.
The event is free. Wesley Memorial is located at 714 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh.
AME churches annual conference
The 2016 Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the Second Episcopal District of the AME church will be May 25-27 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park.
Bishop William P. DeVeaux, presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District, will officiate. The theme of the conference is “Celebrating Services.”
The Western North Carolina Conference Women’s Missionary Society will hold its annual convention May 24, and the Young People’s Division will have its annual day together May 28.
The Western North Carolina Conference includes a total of 85 AME churches throughout North Carolina.
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