A cooperative fellowship of United Methodist (and one Baptist) churches in the Candler, NC / Hominy Valley community, the HV Missional Network creates service and worship opportunities that would not be possible by any one church alone.
Current regular projects include:
Stop Hunger Now – a global feeding ministry providing food to areas impoverished by drought, natural disaster, or government misappropriation. Most recently our churches raised over $3,000 to provide over 10,000 meals for those in need. This event usually takes place in early March.
Hominy Valley Youth (Summer) – During the summer months, we gather the youth from our various churches on Sunday evenings for a time of food, fellowship, and spiritual growth. Usually led by a student intern from Duke Divinity school, this time creates spaces and opportunities for youth to get to know each other and Jesus better.
Hominy Valley VBS – Normally held in early July, this event is an outreach opportunity for kids who may not know the joy of life in Christ. Together we provide snacks, set-up, nurture, and witness to kids from all over the Candler, NC area.
Hominy Valley UMM – For many years now, the United Methodist Men of this community have worked together to support important ministries in the community. This strong tradition continues today. Regular meetings rotate through area churches and occur on 5th Sundays @ 7:30am with breakfast.
Holy Week Pulpit Swap – During the season of Lent, we have found it helpful to join together for services beyond Sunday morning to explore the depths of love in Jesus Christ. This happens especially during Holy Week, when we have a service each night at a different church. Pulpits are filled with pastors other than the one assigned to the congregation where the service is held. Members of the community and every congregation are invited and encouraged to attend.
Community Conversations – This is a fairly new part of what we do together, but one that has born much fruit. Early in 2016, we held our first series of conversations, led by different pastors on what it means to be a Methodist. We have also held community conversations on the relationship of the church to people of non-faith. We hope these will be an ongoing part of our ministry together.