Outreach
HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) Meals

Hope Meals Ministry began as a mission project sponsored by our elders during the summer of 2010 and found its “groove” in the summer of 2012. WMCC prepares and delivers meals twice a month to homebound church members, a local shelter for homeless women, and a low-income housing project for seniors. Approximately, fifty meals go out every two weeks.

This ministry has been pivotal for in the spiritual life of WMCC for several reasons. First, it involves people of all ages. Children help their parents deliver meals. Older members bake desserts for meals. Younger members assist with clean-up. It is an opportunity for hands-on ministry, and it has allowed our members to work together on a positive, common project.

Second, as members have interacted with the senior residents, they have enjoyed seeing the difference that our church is making in the community.

Third, members have begun to initiate other ministries within this housing community. For example, the deacons recognized that many of the low-income seniors were out of perishable food items by the end of the month, so they have started delivering perishables. Another group of members wanted to make the residents feel special on holidays, so they now deliver gift bags. As people have served in this ministry, they have been inspired to serve more. It has moved us out of our small church doors and into the world.

Backpack Buddies

More than 21 million children qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program. For many of these children, school meals may be the only meals they eat. What happens when they go home over the weekend? That is where the Backpack Buddies program comes in. In cooperation with local churches, WMCC packs 30 bags with food and snacks and delivers them weekly to Wilson’s Mills Elementary School. On Fridays, the bags are given to children who might otherwise not have meals over the weekend. We believe that one hungry child is too many, and we are grateful to have this opportunity to make a difference in our community.

Angel Tree

For several years, WMCC has participated in the Salvation’s Army “Angel Tree” Christmas mission. Children share gift wishes and these are written on paper ornaments and hung on a tree. Members of the congregation select ornaments off the tree, buy the appropriate gifts, and return them with the angel attached.
WMCC has traditionally been a very generous congregation with these gifts. In some cases, our adults “partner up” and enjoy the fellowship that comes from shopping together for a child’s Christmas gifts. In addition, our youth group participates in this projects and shops for gifts using funds that they have raised during the year.

Salt Shaker Saturdays

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth,” (Matthew 5:13), and in recent years, WMCC has taken this to heart by sponsoring “Salt Shaker Saturdays.” Our intent is to shake a little gospel flavor into our community. While these Saturdays are still in formation, they have included tasks in the past such as helping homebound members with yard work and offering similar services to local senior communities. We plan to grow in this mission by continuing to build our working relationship with the Wilson’s Mills community and the Clayton community to assist with various community projects. We hope to hold Salt Shaker Saturdays at least twice a year.

Zip-Line Ministry

If you did not have the opportunity to know Zilphia Bailey, you missed out on knowing a special lady. She brought such a loving spirit to so many aspects of our life together. Our Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) wanted to make sure that we carry on her legacy of kindness and compassion. Ms. Zip was quick to offer words of encouragement and to send notes of reassurance. In her honor, CWF began the Zip-Line Ministry to send cards and notes on behalf of the church to those who could use a little extra care. This ministry is not intended to take the place of our individual responses to need. However, sometimes, a response on behalf of the church is appropriate. For instance, when a church member or even a sister church has experienced a significant challenge, a note on behalf of the congregation is appropriate.
As needs arise, the pastor notifies the Zip-line Coordinator who notifies the volunteers who have offered to write notes. Within just a few days, a little bit of kindness travels through the postal service. We hope that this ministry makes Ms. Zip proud.

Week of Compassion

Week of Compassion (WOC) is the relief, refugee and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). WOC works year round to equip and empower disciples to alleviate the suffering of others through disaster response, humanitarian aid, sustainable development and the promotion of mission opportunities. WMCC receives a special offering for WOC once a year. For the past few years, WMCC has matched gifts that have been given to Week of Compassion. WMCC also responds to special calls for help through WOC.

Camp Caroline

Camp Caroline is located in Arapahoe, NC, and according to their mission, “exists to provide a setting for ministry to help form and develop young lives into greater Christ-likeness and to provide transforming, nurturing and challenging ministry for Christian leaders for the building-up of the Church and the Glory of God.” WMCC “adopted” a cabin at Camp Caroline. We provide updates, maintenance, and upkeeps for the cabin so that it can be enjoyed by campers throughout the year. In addition, WMCC participates in Camp Caroline work days twice a year to help keep the campgrounds in good condition. Many of our own members enjoy Camp Caroline, and we are happy to support their participation.

Miscellaneous Missions

WMCC financially provides for many efforts to serve our community and the world. In addition to the ministries listed above, these have included Clayton Area Ministries, Johnston County Community and Senior Services, Clayton Area Ministries, Disciples Home Missions, and the Regional Ministries of the Christian Church in North Carolina. In addition, we are often called upon to provide one-time assistance for individuals or agencies. We give generously, as we are able.

Christian Women’s Fellowship

Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) is very active in missions work. CWF has provided bedding and other supplies for Harbor House (the local shelter for victims of domestic violence) and for Good Neighbor House (the local shelter for homeless women and children). CWF has also provided items for Selma Elementary School which include art supplies as well as clothes for the students. CWF makes every effort to respond when made aware of a need.

Adults

The Church offers many opportunities for fellowship, the opportunity to share worship, study of God’s Word, and service to others. Here are some of our congregation’s adult fellowship groups and activities.

CWF — Christian Women’s Fellowship

The Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF) meets almost every month for fellowship and church projects. Sometimes, these projects are fundraisers with the money going to support local, national and worldwide service projects that have included disaster relief, Council on Aging, Mental Health Association, Harbor House, Wilson’s Mills Elementary School students, individuals needing assistance, and church & community members who have temporary financial needs. Sometimes, these projects are church projects like putting together a church cookbook, refurbishing the nursery, or partnering with a missionary! Our largest annual fundraiser is our Christmas Tour of Tables and Dessert Auction. We believe we are called to be Christ’s hands and heart in the community.

CMF — Christian Men’s Fellowship

The Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) meets every month (except in the summertime) for dinner and church projects. In the past, CMF has held fundraisers with the money going to support local, national, and worldwide service projects that have included disaster relief, Camp Caroline, individuals needing assistance and minor home repair, and church & community members who have temporary financial needs. CMF also assists in care of the church building.

Adult Education

Adult Sunday school is an important part of the life of WMCC. Each Sunday morning, two adult Sunday school classes meet from 10 AM for fellowship and learning. Coffee is always available in the fellowship hall! Each class results in significant participation as we wrestle with what it means to be a person of faith in today’s complex world.

While worship anchors our life together as the WMCC family, there is no substitute for inspiring, challenging conversation about serious questions of faith within a small group. Adults are encouraged to visit both classes before choosing the one that best fits their needs. Sunday school is an excellent place to get to know WMCC people as we seek to understand our place in God’s world.

Our Lectionary class meets in the youth room in our education wing. This class studies a lectionary passage for the day and uses the resources provided by Faith Element. Faith Element is a bible study curriculum that uses multiple forms of media — video, music, text, images — to help groups explore faith and the scriptures. If you enjoy lively conversation and delving deeply into scripture, this class may be a good fit.

Our spiritual formation class meets in the parlor. This class studies the bible and spiritual formation. We are currently using Brian McLaren’s “We Make the Road by Walking” as a conversation starter. If you enjoy hearing the stories of others, if you enjoy sharing parts of your own story, and if you enjoy figuring out how our stories fit into God’s story, this group may be a good fit.

Other opportunities for adult education include programs and studies throughout the year. For example, we have studied with Adam Hamilton using many of his DVD classes. In the same way, we have studied with bible scholars such as Marcus Borg and Mickey Efird.   All of our special studies are advertised in our newsletter and on our fellowship hall bulletin boards with the hopes of encouraging participation.

Youth
Youth at Wilson's Mills Christian Church, Clayton, NC 27527

Our youth participate in our weekly LOGOS ministry. This ministry is designed for grades K-12 and meets on Wednesday nights at 5:30 PM. The program consists of four equally important parts based on the activities of the early church.

BIBLE STUDY – time for relationships to be formed, refined, and renewed as we learn about the stories of God’s relationship with people and their relationships with one another. What is learned in Bible Study is practiced in the other three parts.

WORSHIP SKILLS – time for relationships to be rooted and nourished in worship as we learn about worship and prepare to lead regularly in congregational worship through singing, playing handbells, writing prayers, designing bulletin covers, etc.

RECREATION PLAY – time to build relationships as we enjoy times of fun and practice treating each other as children of God.

FAMILY TIME (DINNER) – time to celebrate relationships as the family of God around the table. These “table families” care for and about each other as they share food, fun, and conversation around the table each week.

WMCC youth also participate in worship leadership. On fifth Sundays, they serve as worship leader and they are always willing to ‘fill in’ for our deacons when needed.

In addition to these activities, our youth participate in other events throughout the year. These events include supper studies where meet in the homes of different congregants and share a meal and study a Bible passage. They hold fundraisers (such as the annual congregational chili cook-off) to secure funds for summer camp at either Christmount (www.christmount.org) or Camp Caroline (www.campcaroline.org). Recently, our youth have joined with another local congregation for a mission trip.

WMCC youth are very important to the life of our congregation.

Children

Sunday school is a time of learning, where children connect with each other and adults and practice ways to strengthen their relationship with God. Children of all ages meet for Sunday School in the library in our education wing. Each week, they study a biblical lesson that may include games, role plays, crafts and a suggestion as to how to incorporate the lesson into the rest of the week.

LOGOS

In John 1:18, LOGOS is translated “Word.” “In the beginning was the Word … and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us …” The LOGOS ministry nurtures children and youth in their relationships with God through Jesus Christ. The ministry also provides time for Christian relationships to be nurtured between each other-youth, children, and adult leaders.

The WMCC LOGOS ministry is designed for grades K-12 and meets on Wednesday nights at 5:30 PM. The program consists of four equally important parts based on the activities of the early church.

BIBLE STUDY – time for relationships to be formed, refined, and renewed as we learn about the stories of God’s relationship with people and their relationships with one another. What is learned in Bible Study is practiced in the other three parts.

WORSHIP SKILLS – time for relationships to be rooted and nourished in worship as we learn about worship and prepare to lead regularly in congregational worship through singing, playing handbells, writing prayers, designing bulletin covers, etc.

RECREATION PLAY – time to build relationships as we enjoy times of fun and practice treating each other as children of God.

FAMILY TIME (DINNER) – time to celebrate relationships as the family of God around the table. These “table families” care for and about each other as they share food, fun, and conversation around the table each week.

In addition to these weekly activities, special children’s events are held throughout the year. These events include an annual Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, and a Birthday Party for Jesus.