If you are new to Pullen, we welcome you. Please use this page as a guide to some good places to connect with us. We look forward to knowing you better!
Pullen is a unique Baptist church in the south. We are the kind of Baptists who hold true to our Baptist heritage of soul freedom, church freedom, bible freedom, and religious freedom. With a rich history of celebrating diversity, struggling with the hard questions of faith, and working for justice, our congregation has been a bright light for those seeking a different but authentic church experience. At the center of it all is a meaningful worship tradition. It is our basic practice to respect every person’s individual faith journey while working together for justice in our world.
As interested as we are in your getting to know us, we are equally interested in learning about you and your faith journey. Nancy Petty, our pastor, is delighted to meet the people who worship with us and are interested in exploring our church because hearing your story enriches our story and the life of our community. So feel free to contact her to schedule a conversation by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 919-828-0897, x-213.
Learning About Pullen
We are committed to fully informing individuals about our congregational identity and supporting those who want to explore becoming part of our church family. In addition to participating in Sunday worship, below are some of the ongoing opportunities to learn more about Pullen:
Pullen’s Online FAQ answers a few of the most commonly asked questions guests have about our church community.
Pullen 101 is an 8-week contract class designed to introduce newcomers to our ministry and mission. Topics include our Pullen identity, history, theology, worship, Baptist identity, missions and education. In each session, a church member shares why he or she is at Pullen. The class provides an opportunity to get to know Pullen people and staff. The fall 2016 series of Pullen 101 begins on September 18 and ends on November 6. The spring 2017 series runs from January 8 to February 26. The time is 9:30-10:30 AM on Sundays, which is our Sunday Group hour.
Sunday Morning Coffee Hour is held each Sunday morning between Sunday Groups and worship from 10:30—11:00 AM in Finlator Hall. These gatherings provide an opportunity for newcomers to get a cup of coffee or tea and meet Pullen members and staff in an informal setting.
Parlor Receptions are held every Sunday in the church parlor next to the sanctuary. Each week Pullen hosts are available there after the worship service to greet visitors and answer questions about our church.
New members are introduced to the congregation, not only on the Sundays they respond to the invitation, but also through spotlights in subsequent issues of Pullen News and on the new-member bulletin board outside the church office. Each new member or family unit receives a packet of helpful information, which includes church histories, directory of the membership, constitution/bylaws, and brochures describing the various facets of Pullen life.
Wednesday Night Dinners are held each Wednesday evening during the academic year followed by programming for children, youth and adults. Dinner begins at 5:15 PM and is served until about 6 PM followed by announcements and the sharing of joys and concerns. From 6:30-7:30 PM a program is offered. If your work or family schedule allows participation in Wednesday night activities, it’s one of the best ways to get to know Pullen and its people.
Foyers consist of six to eight adults—or approximately three families in the case of family foyers—who meet in each household for a simple meal. Each individual or couple takes a turn as host, preparing and serving the meal. The meal is “in the style of the house,” which means they range from full dinners to pizza to backyard cookouts. There is no agenda except to get to know other Pullen people in a relaxed setting. Sign-up for foyers is in September. Those in each group schedule their own gatherings when they can match their calendars. Foyers are sponsored by our Cross of Nails Reconciliation Fellowship as part of our participation in the Community of the Cross of Nails in Coventry, England.
Building Tours can be arranged upon request. Like many churches, our building is a bit of a maze. To make finding your way easier, we’re happy to schedule a tour to help newcomers get oriented to our facilities and learn how to locate various activities and events.
Ministry Brochures & Website provide more information about the life of our church. The brochures are available in all of the information areas around the church (at the end of the second floor hallways, in the parlor and in the west sanctuary foyer). They are updated each August.
Pew Cards are available in the sanctuary for guests and members to alert the church staff about interests and needs. All worshipers are invited to note questions or concerns on these cards and place them in the offering plate for delivery to a member of the church staff.
Small groups at Pullen include Sunday school classes, choirs, mission groups, Pullen Mission Women circles, Saturday mission projects, and international pilgrimages. (basic info about small-group things we do with reference to other brochures for details)
Parking at Pullen is generally easy if you know what your options are. Our parking lot—which includes the upper lot immediately adjacent to the church, as well as the lower parking lot shared with the Women’s Center of Wake County—is large enough to accommodate most mid-week events held at the church. Additional parking is available along Hillsborough Street between Cox Avenue and Park Avenue. Parking is allowed on Cox Avenue every evening and on weekends. We are fortunate to have generous neighbors so on most Sunday mornings worshipers may park in the lot at the DoubleTree across the street, as well as at nearby banks and offices which are closed on Sundays.
We encourage newcomers to check us out thoroughly before making a decision to join Pullen. This includes meeting with our pastor to discuss church membership. We’ve learned it works best for prospective members and the congregation when visitors take time to get to know the theology, values and priorities of our church before they “walk the aisle.”
In our Baptist tradition, walking the aisle at the end of a worship service is the way to join Pullen. This can be done on any Sunday during the closing hymn.
For those who feel uncomfortable coming forward by themselves, there is an opportunity twice a year to join with a group. This occurs at the end of each Pullen 101 series when people who are planning to join the church sit close to the front of the sanctuary and join together. These “group joining” dates are announced ahead of time in the Sunday Update and church newsletter.