Weekly Worship--"The Gathering": If you would like to help plan worship or have a special creative talent that you would share during a worship service, please let us know. The talents could be singing, playing an instrument, dance, drama, visual arts, poetry reading or leading the congregation in contemporary Christian praise songs.
Meredith Christian Association : The Meredith Christian Association sees Christian service as an integral part of their life together. They will have a variety of opportunities for service throughout the year. Please contact MCA Co- Presidents Jodi Von Jess and Hannah Massey for more information at email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Belize: During Spring Break, 2011, the Chaplain’s office sponsored a service trip to Belize, in Central America. For the week this group of students, faculty, and staff worked light construction at a local Baptist Church and led a literacy program at an elementary school. When not working, they enjoyed visiting Mayan ruins, cave tubing, and shopping in the outdoor marketplaces. Rev, Pardue will lead this same trip in the spring of 2012.
Sisters United: The Office of the Chaplain and the Class of 2013 in response to the 2010 Meredith summer reading, Half the Sky, formed Sisters United. Working through a child advocacy, non-profit ministry in Atlanta called Bright Point for Children, we now sponsor girls at the Rehema Girls Rescue Centre in Nyahururu, Kenya. Through pictures, letters, and contributions, the Meredith community hopes to encourage and support the girls throughout their education. Many believe that educating girls in the developing world is one of the most effective ways to create positive change.
Ghana Service Trip: Our team will be heading to Ghana, West Africa December 7-19. They will be leading a literacy program fo the children at the Beacon House orphanage and we will create a garden for the home. We are also partnering wih the NC State Department of Poultry Science where Rev. Pardue's husband was Department Head for a number of years, who are building hte orphanage a poultry house for a 100 chicken egglayer operation.
Interfaith Council: The Office of Chaplain also sponsors the Interfaith Council, a student group which serves as a catalyst for interfaith dialogue and education at Meredith. The Council consists of 2-3 members from each campus religious organization including the Meredith Christian Association, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, the Muslim Student Association, the Jewish Student Organization, Campus Crusade for Christ, Every Nation Ministries, Chi Alpha, and Catholic Ministries. One of the Council’s favorite programs is “Common Grounds,” an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to meet in an informal setting over coffee and refreshments to talk about issues of faith.
Community Connections: The Office of the Chaplain is partnering with Communities in Schools, an organization dedicated to helping students in need and serving as the area’s largest dropout prevention agency, to form a poverty initiative based on the work of Geooffrey Canada with the Harlem Children's Zone in New York City. Volunteer opportunities are available to the Meredith community at SAS Learning Center at Kentwood, 3924 Neeley Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
Worship Planning Board: The board will consist of a group of students who will be planning the parts of Wednesday worship. We are seeking students who would like to help with reading scripture or other tasks. For further information contact our board chair, Katy Clary (email@example.com).