What kind of church is Wilson's Mills Christian Church?
We are a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation. We practice open communion which means that we welcome all to the Table. We affirm freedom of belief. Our only creed is Christ, and people are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and they are expected to extend that freedom to others. We practice baptism by immersion but other baptism traditions are honored. We believe in the oneness of the church and that all Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service. We practice the ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth. For more information, see www.disciples.org.
How do I join Wilson's Mills Christian Church? What are the expectations for membership?
Our constitution states that people may join our fellowship by the transfer of membership, baptism, or affirmation of faith. As stated above, we accept the baptisms of other traditions and do not require people to be re-baptized. The expectations for membership at Wilson's Mills Christian Church depend upon each individual's conscience. We trust our members to interpret for themselves how they wish to participate in the life of their faith community, but we also recognize that the ministries of the church are dependent on the commitment of members in terms of time, talent, and treasure.
What does Wilson's Mills Christian Church believe about Jesus? The Bible? God?
We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world. We hold the centrality of scripture, recognizing that each person has the freedom - and the responsibility - to study God's Word within the community of the church. We anticipate God's coming reign, seeking to serve the God - Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer - whose loving dominion has no end.
How big is Wilson's Mills Christian Church?
We have approximately 65 households. We average between 50-70 people each week in worship.
How do I get on the newsletter mailing list?
"The Pilgrim" is published once a month and may be received by postal delivery or e-mail. You may request either form of delivery by contacting the church office at 919-934-2751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do decisions get made at Wilson's Mills Christian Church?
As a Disciples church, Wilson's Mills Christian Church has a congregational polity. This means that the whole congregation is the ultimate decision-maker. Our church constitution provides the operational framework for this process. In handling day-to-day matters, staff, committees, and the General Board make a variety of decisions that affect their various areas of responsibility in the life of the church. However, when an issue is raised that affects the entire congregation-such as the budget, hiring of staff, ordination of ministers, and other matters that affect how we do our life together in significant ways-those questions are put before the entire congregation for a vote. A 2/3 majority vote at a congregational meeting is required to make these decisions.
How can I get involved at Wilson's Mills Christian Church?
Most people first encounter our church when they attend a worship service. We recommend that a person who is interested in getting involved attend Sunday school held prior to worship each Sunday. There are classes for children and youth as well as an adult class. Participation in one of these classes provides contact with a small group of people and an environment in which to get to know them while wrestling with questions of faith. There are also fellowship opportunities with the Christian Men's Fellowship (CMF) which meets the third Monday of each month; and the Christian Women's Fellowship (CWF) which sets its meetings throughout the year.
Another good way to get to know Wilson's Mills Christian Church people is by participating in a LOGOS. LOGOS is a congregational ministry. Children come on Thursday nights for Bible study, crafts, recreation, and a home-cooked dinner served family style. There are opportunities to teach, mentor, and wash dishes - something for every skill set! LOGOS is a great way to get to know our family of faith.
If you are interested in serving the church, volunteer opportunities abound. Although members of our General Board must be church members, participation in our music ministries, committees, and study groups, assisting with children's and youth activities, and most other roles in the church do not require church membership. Most committees have a defined membership that is set by our nominating process, but all of them are open to input and assistance from new persons.
Breaking into a new congregation is not easy for many people, so we try to ease that transition as best we can. The minister is always happy to provide advice or assistance if you decide that you want to become involved in our faith community.
What does Wilson's Mills Christian Church offer my children and youth?
At Wilson's Mills Christian Church, we want to create a safe, caring environment where our children and youth can learn and grow on their faith journey. On Sunday mornings, we offer age-appropriate classes that are structured to teach the fundamentals of faith and how we practice faith in the real world. On Thursday evenings, we offer LOGOS for children of all ages (see question 7 for more details). We have many periodic activities such as a summer worship and music camp which help our children and youth learn more about faith. We also provide safe, fun social activities in which our children and youth can participate such as picnics, supper studies, and parties.
What is worship like at Wilson's Mills Christian Church?
Worship at Wilson's Mills Christian Church seeks to provide a sacred space for all to approach and respond to God. Worship is purposefully planned to assist the congregation in gathering for worship, experiencing and responding to God's word, and going forth to minister.
Participation in the seasons of the Christian year, use of the Revised Common Lectionary, and periodic opportunities to worship with persons from other faith traditions in the community provide worshipers at Wilson's Mills with valued ecumenical connections.