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Church forgoes Sunday services to help others

Posted February 28, 2010 5:36 p.m. EST
Updated March 1, 2010 4:46 p.m. EST

— 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.

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.