Church is being together. We sing, we pray, we pass the peace. We share the bread and the wine.
In March of 2020, we learned that even when we’re not in the same place, we’re still together. We’re thinking about each other. We’re singing and praying. We’re passing the Peace by calling our friends or sending them emails or mailing them letters or just remembering their names. The bread and the wine are still part of us, even if we’re not at the table.
For more than a year, we posted to this site every day. Kids made videos, priests made videos, pets made videos … unpredictable. We proved that we are the church no matter where we are. All of our posts are archived at the link below but our most popular videos – our “Top 12” – can be found by clicking on their titles below the List of All Posts.
For more information about programs for children and families at the Chapel of the Cross, contact Boykin Dunlap Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org. To support the mission and ministry of the Chapel of the Cross, text “COTC” to 73256 or follow this link:https://www.thechapelofthecross.org/make-a-gift/
2022 Ash Wednesday services with Holy Eucharist will be held at the Chapel of the Cross at 7:30 AM, 12:00 noon and 7:00 PM. A shorter service for children and families (with an Imposition of Ashes but no Communion) will be held at 4:00 PM in the chapel. This virtual service was filmed in 2020 and 2021.
Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras) is another name for Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally, the rich fats in the larder – butter and oil – are enjoyed before a season of more simple foods. You can join us for pancakes (and butter and syrup!) at the Chapel of the Cross on March 1 by registering here. You can also rewatch our 2021 movie, If You Give a Priest a Pancake and learn more about the Lenten Season that begins on Ash Wednesday (March 2). The Chapel of the Cross website has a complete list of programs and services that will be offered as we prepare for Easter.
As we hope for snow or worry about freezing rain, Melinda Van Niel reminds us that Jesus is with us in all kinds of weather. In this Children’s Chapel from June 2021, Melinda tells the story of Jesus calming the storm and Boykin and Greg sing Keep on the Sunnyside.
This time last year, parishioners came together to create a virtual pageant. In 2021, we gathered in the UNC Forest Theatre to spread Joy to the World. We have found ways to be together when we’re apart, when we’re masked, when we’re worried, when we’re weary, when we’re hopeful and when we’re merry. Our prayers and songs meet at the cradle and the cross, again and again.