Chapel Hill blends past, present for worship experience


By Zach Jones - zjones@civitasmedia.com



Chapel Hill UMC sits along State Route 13 and gives members a bit of both worlds.

Chapel Hill UMC sits along State Route 13 and gives members a bit of both worlds.


Chapel Hill United Methodist Church presents its members with a distinct worship brand, merging the church’s rich heritage with its innovative approach to a 21st century ministry.

Their mission is to “serve Christ in the fellowship, the community and the world”, as well as to provide support for people of all ages and situations.

“We are experiencing new growth on old roots,” said Chapel Hill United Methodist Church pastor Laura White of the church’s current state. “We are currently in the beginning stages of two long range visions. One is to create an outdoor spiritual space for the surrounding community. The other is to transform our Christian Education program.”

The first phase of the church’s plan was completed in July with the addition of quarter-mile walking paths around the facility’s perimeter.

“In the future we plan on adding some benches, meditation spots along the path, a prayer request box and labyrinth,” said White of the project.

In addition to new construction at the church White explained some of Chapel Hill’s faith based activities for its members.

“We recently had our first ever multi-generational vacation bible school where youth and adults enjoyed Bible based lessons,” she said. “We are planning on expanding on this idea next year, and are currently in the midst of creating two computer labs in the church (one for youth and one for adults) so that students can engage in computer based Bible and Christian History studies through out the week.”

As for the church’s worship style White states Chapel Hill has a “come as you are” traditional service that begins at 10 a.m. on Sundays, and a casual weekday service that takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Chapel Hill also aims to serve the surrounding community through a variety of service groups comprised of church members.

“Members (of the church) are volunteers at or support: the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center, All God’s Children in Mansfield, Kairos Prison Ministry, Richland County Pregnancy Services and Youth in Haiti just to name a few,” said White. “We are also known to cancel church services to have mission Sundays where we put our faith into action. Most recently during a mission Sunday we put together nearly 200 health kits for persons around the globe who are displaced from their homes due to natural or human made disasters.”

The church also hosts several area organizations’ meetings throughout the week including neighborhood watch groups, area 4-H clubs and Taking Off Pounds Sensibly.

Chapel Hill will begin its 50 anniversary celebration Sept. 27 and is located at 3716 Bellville North Road.

Chapel Hill UMC sits along State Route 13 and gives members a bit of both worlds.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2015/08/web1_chruch.jpgChapel Hill UMC sits along State Route 13 and gives members a bit of both worlds.

By Zach Jones

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