|Date Posted||June 30, 2020|
East Carolina (Mollie Roberts)
|Communicants in Good Standing||171|
|Average Sunday Attendance||96|
|Child Population in Church School||22|
|Adult Population in Church School||15|
|Teacher Population in Church School||15|
We have three significant areas of strength: 1) Our commitment to reach out in God's name to a hurting world was - and remains - paramount in our founding the vision. Ten percent of the church's income is pledged to community outreach, which we continue faithfully to this day. Almost $47,000 was budgeted to be given to non-profits, the "Help Hub" a partnership with 8 other churches, and Diocesan pledge, Habitat for Humanity builds, meals for a homeless shelter, and backpacks for at-risk children. 2) There is a strong sense of community and church family - worshiping together and socializing. We are good at "being there" for one another; celebrating joyful times, caring for one another through illnesses and times of grief. All are truly welcome at Holy Cross. We have an effective Newcomers committee to welcome and invite back visitors. 3) We have creative and caring youth leaders; we have devoted a goodly portion of our resources into an excellent curriculum and environment (Godly Play) for our children and youth. Youth have an active EYC and attend New Beginnings and Happening events. Partnering with St. James Episcopal Church gives our students opportunities for joint youth trips and events.
Our most significant challenge is a common one: attracting and retaining young families. Because of our history, as a lay-led church we enjoy a strong lay leadership with super-committed leaders who have supported our youth staff in creating and refining our Christian Education programs for children and youth. We have put resources into providing curriculum and recruiting teachers for all age groups, and have added green space features; still, growing our membership remains our biggest need. After our participation in the Renewal Works program in 2016, we identified that though we excel in outreach, many in our parish recognize their need to grow in their individual spiritual journeys. We value the power of Grace that holds us together, but need new opportunities to study together, to deepen our understanding and faith. We need to identify new leaders who can energize us and work closely with our new priest in determining how next to proceed in our faith journey together. We are feeling the space crunch for activities, meetings, classrooms and office space. Our church is modular construction with the capability for expansion and we have plenty of land upon which to expand, but we need a person with vision to guide and support our physical growth.
Holy Cross considers itself a Broad Church, with an emphasis on a liberal interpretation of ritual and a broad spectrum of views among members. On Sundays at Holy Cross, we have a Holy Eucharist Rite II 8:00 service with no music, followed by a Holy Eucharist Rite II service at 10:15 with music offered joyfully by our church band (keyboard, guitars, flute, etc.) and vocalists. A healing minister is also available during the 10:15 service. We also offer intercessory prayer and send out Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) from the 10:15 service as requested. We also hold a weekly Wednesday midday Rite II Eucharist which incorporates a Bible study or discussion. We have an EFM group that meets Monday nights. We offer Christian Education for all our children, nursery to high school (see question 44), and adult Sunday School between the morning services. At the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, we quickly instituted virtual worship services as well as adding a Wednesday evening Compline service and various musical offerings from our music director and other parishioners. Our children’s and adult Sunday School has also been adapted to online classes.
To apply: Please send cover letter and OTM portfolio to: The Rev Canon Mollie Roberts, Diocese of East Carolina, P.O. Box 1336, Kinston, NC 28503 or email to:
Please take a look at our full profile at: https://www.hcew.org/parish-profile/