Welcome, we’re glad you’re here! At the heart of Raleigh Mennonite Church are relationships. As a Christian community, called to peacemaking and reconciliation, we affirm that people of any race, ethnic identity, gender, who are gay or straight, of any ability, age, or economic status, are welcome to full participation in our congregation.
What do you have for kids?
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. We have Sunday School, a Pray Ground, and children’s church twice a month. Read more. Wiggles and giggles are welcome!
How should I dress?
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.
When do you start?
What’s a Mennonite? Wait, are you Amish?!
Mormons. Moravians. Methodists. Amish. We get confused 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’re a member of Eastern Carolina District, part of Virginia Mennonite Conference. That’s all under the umbrella of Mennonite Church USA.
Do you have Sunday School?
We offer spiritual formation for both children and adults. Our children use the Shine curriculum. Our adults have a variety of offerings each quarter. Recently we’ve explored the soundtrack of our faith, the Jewish roots of Christianity, an anti-racism book study, and the theme of “love” in 1 John. Sunday school starts at 9:30 am. We generally take a hiatus from Sunday school during the summer.
What’s your service like?
Our services include singing both hymns and contemporary songs, a short sermon, readings from the Bible, and prayers. 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 inside Hope Charter School 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 – as an immigration lawyer and a midwife with Doctors Without Borders; participating in ministries with Love Wins, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Mennonite Central Committee; volunteering at the Latino Credit Union, teaching a new home buyers class, and caring for elderly relatives and sick neighbors.
We hope you join us as we discover together the different ways God is calling us into the world.