2011 Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607


Sunday Service
10:00 a.m.

Children & Teens

Children at Common Thread

The thing we want most for our children is to experience being loved and accepted. Since all love is Divine, that’s the best way we know to help them to experience the Divine. Our team works hard to make sure each child feels cherished. Our hope, as they experience our approval, acceptance, and affection, is that they internalize a deep sense of our ancient text—God is Love.

Our children are as important as important gets. Consequently, we want to give our best to prepare them for, and engage them in, the spiritual journey:

  • Our children’s program introduces our children to the four practices at the heart of our community. We create opportunities for kids to explore and experience the communal, contemplative, learning and serving practices.
  • Our children’s team partners with our families to reinforce important values at home and to help equip our young people for the spiritual journey before them. Our hope for them is a lifetime of learning, growing, and listening to the indwelling Divine.

Sunday Mornings | 10:00 a.m.

For nursery, preschool, and elementary children: check in your child in the lobby of the chapel. Pick up downstairs in the classroom 15 minutes the after service ends.

Kids Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.
Shelby Everhart

Shelby Everhart

Shelby is our Director of Family Ministry. She loves our kids, and the folks who love them with her. She prepares content for our kid and teen Sundays. She makes sure we cover the big ideas with stories, activities, and games. It’s always fun in her classrooms! She’s a treasure trove of ideas for kids. Talk to her some time! 

Teens at Common Thread

We work hard to help our teens connect with each other and with our broader community. We work on the teenage clique instinct and make sure all our teens feel loved, safe, heard, and affirmed. We teach them the basics of an authentic spiritual journey, hoping to set them up for a lifetime of growth.  

And we have fun! We eat together. We go out together. We do community service projects together. We laugh together.

The teen ministry at Common Thread works to create a safe and nurturing environment where our young people can experience connections:

  • Connections with adults who love them
  • Connections with a safe and supporting community of peers
  • Connections with the ancient spiritual wisdom and tradition
  • Connections with the Divine Spirit within them

Sunday Mornings | 10:00 a.m.

Middle and high school students start in the chapel and then move downstairs to their classroom.

Teen Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.
Heather Luden

Heather Luden

Heather Luden is our Minister of Spiritual Formation/Teens. She creates an environment where middle and high schoolers feel welcome and encouraged. The teens gather together regularly for community, fun, friendship, and support. It is our hope that they experience vibrant spirituality, a strong sense of community, and learn to serve the world.