At the Congregation at Duke Chapel, we strive to build deeper connections with God, with each other, and with our neighbors. Through a variety of fellowship opportunities, we build our relationships with one another. We enjoy events that are purely social, such as a potluck lunch or summer picnic. We care for each other in a time of need by offering a meal to a bereaved family or by visiting someone who is ill. We use our talents to lift the spirits of others by quilting or knitting. We invite you to be part of our fellowship. Together we are a portion of the Body of Christ.
Everyone has a birthday! A team of friendly people strives to reach out to all our members with a birthday call or card. The goal is to share the joy of the day, to connect with one another, and to inquire if there are any needs the Congregation may fill.
Like all churches, this congregation enjoys the fellowship to be found in eating together. We frequently gather for a meal or snacks after worship, sometimes outside under a tent and sometimes in the Chapel lounge, located on the lower level of the Chapel. We have had pancake breakfasts before the start of Lent and summer picnics in a local park. In the fall, we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation and recognize those who have been members 25 years or more. Friends, guests, and newcomers are always welcome at our fellowship events.
Growing Thru Grief
The Congregation at Duke Chapel is a member of a growing grief support coalition of local Christian churches and area organizations offering grief support to Triangle residents. For individuals grieving the death of a loved one, Growing Thru Grief offers a hospitable space to interact with others who have faced a recent loss, to experience a compassionate community, and to gather resources traveling the journey of loss. The ongoing grief support meetings are weekly on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 West Cornwallis Rd, Durham, with refreshments served at 4:00 p.m. Newcomers are welcome at any time and do not need to register or give advance notice. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heavenly Hats Ministry
Those who like to knit and crochet are invited to make beautiful creations for others. Born out of the grief of a member, the Heavenly Hugs Hat Ministry strives to care for others with the warmth of a hat and the love and prayers that come with it. The Hat Ministry has made hats for newborn infants, homeless neighbors, and graduating high school seniors.
Loaves & Fishes
The gospel of Matthew tells of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13-21). We are not miracle workers at the congregation, but when someone is in need, we strive to ease their burden with the gift of meals. Whether it is during the joy of welcoming a newborn to the family or during the grief of losing a loved one, the gift of a meal or several meals can be a blessing.
The Membership Committee is charged with welcoming new members into our family of faith, assisting with our new member class, and reconnecting with those members who have drifted away. The new member class, offered in both the fall and the spring, is a four-week class held on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.
Our prayer ministry prays faithfully for members, friends, and visitors in need. Prayer requests are held in confidence and may be emailed at any time to email@example.com.
When it comes to our quilters, it is hard to tell who is more blessed. Those who gather to make patchwork quilts take delight in combining lovely colors, enjoy fellowship with one another, and take prayerful care with each stitch. The lap-sized quilts are given to those who are ill or homebound as well as to children who are baptized during Chapel worship services. Recipients of the quilts are grateful for the love and prayers they represent.
Visitation & Care Ministries
Because Jesus reached out in love and compassion to those who were ill and suffering, we strive to do the same. Members of the Visitation and Care Ministry make a commitment to one-on-one relationships with those who are isolated, homebound, or in distress. These relationships are a gift to both individuals.
To build deeper connections with one another, the women of the congregation regularly gather for fellowship events. A meal in a local restaurant, a potluck at a member’s home, or a walk in Duke Gardens can each be an opportunity to strengthen bonds as sisters in Christ.
Young Adult Fellowship
On the first Friday of the month, young adults enjoy dinner together in one of Durham’s interesting restaurants. Singles, couples, and families are welcome to participate, and while no one is asked their age, most participants are in their 20’s and 30’s. Casual local restaurants make a great place to meet new Christian friends.