The Gathered and Scattered Church

Eddie Hammett has written extensively through the years about the Gathered and Scattered church. He makes the distinction between the church when we assemble and when we are dispersed into our community. He argues that both forms of the church are essential. Institutional churches normally focus on the times that we spend together rather than when we are dispersed into our community. This link is to a current article that he has written about how the current pandemic might give the church an opportunity to think about how we do ministry now and how this experience might change us as we move forward.

If you are interested in thinking about the future and how churches can explore ways to minister more effectively, this challenging article may prove insightful. The link is:

March 15, 2020 Full Service – “Outsiders”

Invocation, Call to Worship, Children’s Message, Pastoral Prayer, Message, Benediction

While we were unable to be at the Church House today, you are invited to listen to today’s service in it’s entirety by clicking the above link.

March 15, 2020 – Children’s Message – “Outsiders”

The Samaritan Woman – John 4:1-42
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We invite you to listen to Rev. Amy’s Children’s Message, “Outsiders” . You can also download today’s Children’s Worship Bulletin at the link below to share with your children:

Rev. Amy’s Children’s Message, “Outsiders”

Crop Hunger Walk – Update!

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak concern , we are not congregating for the large Crop Walk @ Duke Chapel. However, there will still be a “virtual walk” and we encourage everyone to still support this wonderful event to help stop world and local hunger needs.
You can support our team by donating, or by joining, at this link! You can also visit and search for Hope Valley Baptist Durham!

Depending on ongoing changing guidelines for social gathering , we may still be able to have a smaller walk of our team on the Tobacco Trail. More information will be provided one week prior to April 5 to members of the team. Thank you!

The Music of Lent

Just as we must experience the darkness of night to fully appreciate the light of each new day, we must walk with Christ through His final earthly ministry, trial, crucifixion, and burial to experience the joy of His resurrection on Easter morning. During this Lenten season, we will continue to walk with Jesus on His journey to the cross. The music we sing will reflect a prayerful stance and deep gratitude for the immense sacrifice He made on our behalf.

Then, Easter will dawn, and we will need sunglasses to see through the bright light of His resurrection . . . His victory over both death and sin. Hallelujah! What a Savior!