Join Hope Community on Sunday mornings.
We are so grateful that you’re thinking about attending a gathering with us at Hope Community Church! We want you to know that we value YOU and want you to feel comfortable when worshiping with us. Some things you can be prepared for when you visit… first, we are a very simple and unpretentious bunch. The format of worship is laid back and simple. We do recite a prayer of confession most weeks and serve communion each month, but all of that will be explained by the pastor in the service.
Our service runs about 45 minutes currently in this COVID season. We do not have separate programming for children at this time, but will have coloring materials for them when you pull in. Our goal is for our gathering to feel a lot like a family gathering. You’ll be a part of a multi-generational group, as it is our belief that we grow in relationship to one another at every age and stage. It is important to mention that we don’t take ourselves too seriously even though worship is very important to us. Our musical style is simple and we value both ancient and modern songs. If you want to get an idea of who you will see when you arrive, or if you want to make a connection before you arrive, simply check out our staff page to see our bios!
Church Under the Pecan Tree
Where: 3418 Prince George Ave. Castle Hayne, NC
When: Sunday at 10am
We will meet outside at the Risley’s house each Sunday at 9:00am.
Sunday’s During Covid
Our goal during this wild season is to be very mindful of both the physical and spiritual health of our community. Currently we are meeting outside at 9am at a farm in Castle Hayne that belongs to Steve and Kathy Risley. This outdoor gathering looks like a holy tailgate as folks sit behind their vehicles in beach chairs. We wear masks until we are seated…which has worked out well. We hope you will come join us!
One of the 3 ways we want to continually grow is UP.
For us, “UP” refers to WORSHIP – both as a group on Sundays and throughout the week. Worship is basically giving credit where credit is due and we believe God deserves loads of credit. Like a compass, it is important that we are recalibrated to True North each week as we gather for worship. This recalibration happens as we pray, sing, confess and respond to the reading and teaching of God’s Word.
Kids and Youth Ministry
It takes a village to raise a child to know Jesus. We want to partner with parents and be part of that village. At Hope we are not trying to create a kid’s table and an adult table. We want to create one intergenerational table which is a bit messy, yet beautiful. This family equipping model integrates children into the worshiping life of the church while giving parents the tools to disciple their children. We do have some age specific opportunities for kids to grow in their faith, but feel strongly that the entire church plays a role in helping the next generation know and follow Jesus.
We encourage kids to participate in worship with their families on a weekly basis. To help kids grow in their understanding of worship, we have children’s messages twice a month, a specific learning time during the sermon once a month and worship activities to help them connect with the message each week.
We work hard at including kids in most of our community gatherings, but also realize they benefit from learning with peers. Throughout the year we have specific gatherings from Art Camp to Anchor Night gatherings which help kids know and follow Jesus.
There are opportunities for kids to get involved outside of the church walls. The first Saturday of the month we meet at Lake Forest Baptist Church to serve a pancake breakfast with our friends at Vigilant Hope. Kids are welcome and encouraged to join with adult supervision. We also encourage kids to invite friends to Hope events! As children learn more about Jesus we hope they will grow more eager to share what he has done with their families and friends.
Birth to Preschool
Children are always welcome in worship – but if you prefer, classes are set up for our littlest ones to be cared for and learn about the love of Jesus in safe and age appropriate ways. Check in is located through the doors on either side of the stage.
Interactive worship resources (located in the back of the room) are offered every Sunday for kids who join us in worship. Feel free to have your child pick one up on the way to your seat. In addition, twice per month a children’s specific message will be offered during worship. The last Sunday of each month during our worship gathering, kids are invited to a gathering focused on helping them learn more about the love and mission of Jesus. In the summer we offer kids programming for kids during Anchor Nights and also an Art Camp where kids celebrate our creative God.
Middle and Highschool
If you have a student in this age group, please give us a call so we can talk about ways to help them plug in, find a mentor, serve or potentially start a group. We are a growing young church who will continue to explore new ways to partner with parents to form a village of HOPE for each child.
We have events throughout the year designed to help your family have fun and connect with others. Families are also encouraged to serve together through the local ministries that we support. As for worship, we understand that kids can be wiggly and noisy. Don’t worry a bit! We are glad they are here learning and growing in worship with us.
Hope is starting a new group for girls at our church called Radiant Hope. Nancy Gresham and Ginger Powers are excited to connect wth the girls and invite them to Ginger’s house (105 Jefferson lane). This will be a great time for our girl to laugh, learn and grow in their faith.
Next date: November 30th from 6:30-8:00pm for girls 5th grade-highschool