Month: October 2023

Become a lay counselor

Want to become a lay counselor? Lay Counselor TrainingLay counselors need to have faith in Jesus Christ, a heart for helping people, acknowledged spiritual gifts, surrender to God’s will, and a call to demonstrate God’s grace and mercy.   Training focuses on biblical foundations related to counseling, understanding your own healing journey, counseling skills development, […]

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Lay Counseling FAQs

What is lay counseling?  Lay counseling is made of up lay people, trained specifically to offer brief, non-clinical counseling services to Chapel Hill Church attendees and the surrounding community.  Are lay counselors licensed?  No, lay counselors are not licensed.  Lay counselors attend an eight month intensive training before they counsel and are required to attend […]

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Senior Pastor Search

This website remains live for historical reference, though some content (like time-sensitive updates) contains outdated information. Background Mark Toone, our senior pastor, announced on Sunday, October 29, 2023, that he plans to retire after decades of faithful service at Chapel Hill Church. His final Sunday in the pulpit will be September 1, 2024, which is […]

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Focus on our future…honor our legacy 

At our last Presbytery meeting (the regional gathering of EPC churches), we received training on congregational health. There are several qualities that characterize healthy, growing churches. One was this: healthy churches are focused on the future, not on the past.  I understand that. I even agree with it. We can’t live in the past. Our […]

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Remembering friends of Chapel Hill

As part of St Andrews Sunday 2023, we remember those who died in the past 12 months who were not members of Chapel Hill Church, but had connections to our congregation. Mary Elizabeth Baurichter November 15, 2022 Thomas Raymond Morris November 20, 2022 Kenneth Wayne Howard December 3, 2022 Sean Michael Callahan December 9, 2022 […]

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Emotionally healthy

How did your family of origin handle conflict, emotions, and stress? British culture is true to its stereotype – the “stiff upper lip” and “keep calm and carry on” sayings you’ve heard ring true in my personal experience. Handling life and its challenges with poise and perseverance, grace and grit, are the values I inherited.   […]

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To see past life’s distractions, pray together

Short people learn to leap over obstacles. Being short all my life (climbing cabinets, projecting my voice and my personality, lifting heavy stuff both literal and figurative), I can attest with Zacchaeus: obstacles are made to be overcome! In our passage from Luke last week, Zacchaeus was seeking to see Jesus, and once Jesus saw […]

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