As a Christian community, called to peacemaking and reconciliation, we affirm that people of any racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, or economic status are welcome to full participation in our congregation.
Children are a vital part of our community who participate in worship through playing, singing, dancing, and reading. Mid-way through worship little ones (usually those who are younger than kindergarten age) are welcome to the nursery, and older children (through 5th grade) are invited to children’s church. We also have Sunday School and a Pray Ground. Read more. Wiggles and giggles are welcome!
We dress casually at Raleigh Mennonite. If you like dressing up, that’s great, too! Bring your whole self, just as you are. We’re excited to meet you wherever and however.
Mormons. Moravians. Methodists. Amish. Folks sometimes confuse us with a lot of different faith traditions.
Mennonites aren’t Amish (although the Amish are our plainly dressed kin). We’re both part of a Christian tradition called “Anabaptists,” a group that emerged from the Reformation in the 16th century. We look a lot like most Protestant churches but with a couple special marks: the priesthood of all believers, believer’s baptism, and pacifism, to name a few.
We offer spiritual formation for both children and adults. Our adults have a variety of offerings each quarter. In the past we’ve explored the Jewish roots of Christianity; Sex, Gender, and Sacred Story; anti-racism and the Doctrine of Discovery; women in the Bible; and the theme of “love” in 1 John.
Sunday school starts at 9:00 am during the school year. We take a hiatus from Sunday school during the summer, starting the first week in June.
Our services include singing hymns and contemporary songs primarily in English but also other languages, a short sermon, readings from the Bible, and a time of community sharing and prayer. We share Communion once a month. Sometimes our worship spills over into a community meal after worship. Mennonites love to eat together.
On Sunday mornings a group of people, young and old, from various walks of life, gather together to worship God as the beloved community of Jesus Christ.
Because we rent space we get to spend more of our money on Jesus’ works of justice and mercy. Renting space helps us remember that the church is a people and not a building.
We’re a church the rest of the week, too. Those who worship at Raleigh Mennonite follow Jesus in a variety of ministries and professions. Some of us are immigration lawyers, social workers, teachers, medical care providers and elder care givers. Most are actively engaged in our community through ministries such as Growing Together Preschool, Mennonite Disaster Service, several prison ministries, Step Up Ministry, and A Place at the Table.
We hope you join us as we discover together the different ways God is calling us into the world.