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Church forgoes Sunday services to help others

Posted February 28, 2010
Updated March 1, 2010

— More than 2,500 people from Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, took on dozens of community service projects Sunday as part of “Hands of Hope” service projects weekend.

Congregation takes part in day of service Congregation takes part in day of service

Among the projects was cleaning and improving the grounds at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road in Holly Springs.

“We don't have any services this weekend, because we want people out at the high school helping out,” church member Jennifer Mitchell said.

“For the most part, it has been a fun day. Woke up early, came out here to help. It feels good to help,” church member Hayden Williams said.

Normally, the Holly Springs campus of Hope Community Church would hold services in the school’s cafeteria. Instead of group worship, some members gathered Sunday in the cafeteria to pack bags with personal hygiene products. The bags will be sent through the Hope for Haiti Foundation to people in Haiti, where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Jan. 12.

“I just like to help. I think it's cool how we can help people so far away by just making these little hygiene kits,” church member Brooke Franke said.

The congregation also thought of people closer to home by writing thank-you notes to police officers and teachers in the Holly Springs area.

“It takes a lot of teamwork to do all this, but it's definitely worth it. It's very fun,” Franke said.

Another group served meals at the Raleigh Rescue Mission and boxed up meals for the relief organization "Stop Hunger Now."

Sunday was the first time the church put a different spin on worship services, but members said they plan to do it again soon.

“It's just a way to reach out and kind of just envelop everybody in God's love,” Mitchell said.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 3, 2010

    I agree, mpheels, this is about consistency. But, most Christians (and Mormons) who I've talked to about this (and that's many people over many years), would NEVER allow public school access (even after hours) to: Satanists, "Radical" Muslims, Pagans and other religions & groups that they despise and think are "wrong".

    Conversely, they often claim "oppression" when the school then decides "all or none" and stops their access. I've got several good of examples of this in a file that I labeled "School Access Hypocrisy".

  • mpheels Mar 2, 2010

    My personal beliefs don't necessarily mesh with any mainstream church, so I don't really attend services much anymore. From birth to age 18 I attended every Sunday. I've routinely attended services in 6 cities/towns in 2 states, five different denominations including Freewill Baptist, Southern Baptist, United Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ. I've been to churches in rural areas and in larger cities. I have never once been yelled at. I know there are churches out there that subscribe to the fire and brimstone mentality, but they truly are the minority of church goers. A very loud minority who are skilled at using the media to make their numbers look much larger, but a minority none the less.

  • bama95 Mar 1, 2010

    ncmickey, I would suggest finding a new church if you are getting yelled at and that doesn't sit right with you. I'm pretty sure I've never been yelled at at Hope. Instead Hope has a pastor who talks to you and teaches from the bible. All the sermons are on line if you don't believe me.

  • bama95 Mar 1, 2010

    haggis, a previous post never made it on here, but I suggest not assuming things you don't have facts to back up about why this was done. Instead, check out either campus for a few weeks. You'll find lots of people who screw up every day, but are trying to get it right. It's not about publicity, but about serving in the local community we live in. When you have 2500+ volunteers and dozens of non-profit organizations being helped, the news media may decide it worth covering. Hope doesn't control that and I'm sure Hope isn't the only church who does things like this. It's just too bad it isn't all of them.

  • wildcat Mar 1, 2010

    Time to practice what you have been preached

    Most churches will not do this but pretend to be that christian. Go to a meeting and you will see the "hell of fire" spill out.

  • ncmickey Mar 1, 2010

    Every church should do this every Sunday. Time to practice what you have been preached every Sunday of your life....
    But its too hard for the Prechers to collect the weekly tithe that way.... so please report to your church next Sunday to get yelled and preached at and give over your tithings!!

  • wildcat Mar 1, 2010

    This is truly a christian church - working together to help others. May the Lord always bless them all.

  • haggis basher Mar 1, 2010

    "100% Wrong ... people on here can be so unbelievable. A positive story is reported on and all some people want to do is complain. No wonder this is the same crowd that complains about the weather forecasts. It is just negative comments after negative comments."

    Oh grow up the Church was doing a bit of landscaping and feel good letter writing, that all and they got a lot of free TV publicity in return......don't tell me that those cameras just happened to turn up :) It was just a marketing scheme by a church operating on public Property......

  • haggis basher Mar 1, 2010

    "Really, what did you do that will show YOUR fellow man YOU care about them and YOUR COMMUNITY"

    Paid my taxes.........and my home owners association fees. Both will do more good than all the Church charity work ever will.

  • BubbaDuke Mar 1, 2010

    hereandnow - you're so indoctrinated by politically correct hogwash that you lack common sense. Those churches who rent school space are tax payers who own that building as much as anyone else. Those are public schools, public libraries, public parks - not government schools, libraries and parks. Taxpayers own everything - the government owns nothing.