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Raleigh church cited for noise after years of complaints

Posted May 27, 2012

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— A Raleigh Pentecostal church has been cited for violating a city noise ordinance, a move that neighbors say is a long time coming.

People living near the church in Oakwood Park have made hundreds of calls to police over the course of several years to complain about noise at The Glorious Church on Glascock Street.

"We have neighbors who live right next door to the church who can't do anything in their homes because of the volume," said neighbor Heidi Miller. "The church is so loud that they can't listen to the TV, can't listen to their own music, because they are listening to the music of the church."

Neighbors met with church leaders and Raleigh police four months ago to try to reach a compromise, but said the meeting was unsuccessful.

Church officials say they don't believe the noise is disruptive to the neighborhood.

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"We have even circled the block ourselves during the times when we have services to see if it was actually like (the neighbors describe)," said church leader Ronald Christian. "We didn't get it like that, that it was actually that disturbing."

He acknowledged that the church was loud, but said it was an important part of the worship service.

"We are not the type of church that, when we sing, everything is so quiet because we get involved in what we are doing, in praising God," Christian said. 

Miller said the church is being unreasonable.

"There are plenty of solutions that they can have," she said. "(It won't) cost them anything to lower the volume."

The church plans to fight its citation before City Council on June 5.


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  • Krimson Jun 5, 2012

    Why aren't the RWers that screamed about the Freedom of Religion when we were discussing Amendment One not here defending this church and their Right to worship how they please???

  • sheebahtyson Jun 4, 2012

    In response to Plum Tuckered....The Glorious Church, in respect to the community, and under the order of the Pastor, has eliminated evening services. Talk what you know, and not what you speculate. Real Talk.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 4, 2012

    @personangel said, "The bible clearly states..."

    There's just no way that anyone does everything that the bible says. If not only because you'd be incarcerated (E.g. Jesus speaking in John 15:6), but because it often contradicts itself. Please, read the whole Bible.

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Jun 4, 2012

    Solution - neighbors that are complaining. Spend the money to sound proof the church, I guarantee that church has been there doing their praise the same way longer than the ones complaining.

  • reel4fun Jun 1, 2012

    It will turn out to be not about religon but I am betting big time that somehow it will turn into a race thing. It always does and I am sure that the Big Man from the NAACP is going to stick his nose into this before it is over.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 31, 2012

    "Why put a mic in front of drum sets?"
    "No one is saying they can't worship, just do it without the huge speakers turned all the way up in a small building."

    It is just that we believe in raising our hands and worshiping the Lord with great fervency and emotion

    The people should be able to worship the Lord with great fervency and emotion without drum sets, microphones and large speakers turned on full blast. Are they really worshipping or just putting on a performance?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2012

    So much for "do unto others as you would have done unto you".

    It's time the neighbors gave this church a taste of their own medicine. Hook up the Boom Cars and crank out 140 decibels of thump thump while the church service is going on. Let's see how they like it.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 31, 2012

    Before the church can enjoy the benefits of arguing their case in court...they should be taxed to pay for the court house, the judge, the police, the roads to get there, the military, etc. ...like the rest of us.

    It's time these freeloaders, who also stick their nose into politics, to pay their fair share. A nearby church is valued at over $1 million and avoids over $13,000 in property taxes (ANNUALLY) that you and I would have to pay. Ridiculous.

  • charlesboyer May 31, 2012

    "We will continue to pray for those that have been blinded by the hatred of God's music and singing, regardless of what you may think about the church, the primary goal is to win the lost by any means necessary."

    Translation: no matter what the neighbors think, we'll continue to do as we please; everyone else's rights don't matter.

  • MikeTysonsPunchOut May 31, 2012

    I'm all for praising God, but c'mon Glorious Church folks...this is a situation in which you can very practically "love thy neighbor..." Get some soundproofing and/or turn the volume from 11 to 10.