WHO WE ARE:
Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene held its first worship service on October 9, 2011, in the garage on Bill Eyring’s property. This initial group continued to worship and grow.
On March 25, 2012 the church was officially organized with 24 Charter Members. For the next year Worship continued in the garage until February 2013 where we worshiped for a month in the Flatwoods Fire Hall until the house at 1293 Titan Roberts Rd was ready for occupation.
On the last Sunday in February 2013 Dr. Mark Barnes (the North Carolina District Superintendent) dedicated the house and church for God’s Kingdom. The fellowship continued to worship in this space.
In April 2017 the church purchased the 7.33-acre tract of property on Highway 401 for the future home of Lillington Grace.
That brings us to today where we are currently worshipping at 1293 Titan Roberts Road–making plans, dreaming dreams, and setting the course for the future of the Lillington Grace ministry in Harnett County.
We are a Christian people. We join with other Christians in worshipping the Triune God and in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ—and, in recognizing and embracing the salvation that only Jesus can offer.
We are a holiness people. We believe that Christians are called to a state of “entire sanctification.” The sanctified life is one that can truly confess that he/she completely loves the Lord with all of his/her heart, soul, mind, and strength; and, loves his/her neighbor as the self is loved. Such an attitude, as empowered by God, brings us to a state of Christlikeness and frees us from the selfish nature and the sinful condition.
We are a missional people. We take the Great Commission seriously. The call to be witnesses and make disciples begins in worship; ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion; encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship; and, prepares people for Christian service.
WHAT WE ARE TO DO:
Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene exists: to demonstrate the character of Christ tangibly; and, to build the Body of Christ spiritually. This is our role in “making Christ-like disciples in the nations.”
NOW: Services and Events
Worship services. Casual worship services with “blended” worship (traditional and modern music styles) and a teaching of the Bible within the context of the entirety of Scripture.
Other offerings. We also offer children’s services, small groups, and Sunday School for all ages! Monthly events include potluck dinners and services at Oak Hill Living Center in Angier.
SOON: Offerings to the Community
Community center. Lillington Grace wants to offer its building and land for use by the community. We can be approached for use of indoor meeting space (i.e., community groups, committees) or use of outdoor land (i.e., sports, concerts).
Children’s safe space. Lillington Grace will offer facilities for students to come after school to have a safe environment in which to do homework or to talk with one of our friendly volunteers.
LATER: Future Developments
Summer feeding ministry. GraceNazNC is working on putting together a feeding ministry for children in need during the summer months.
Support groups. Possible church-sponsored support groups include addiction recovery, those grieving the loss of loved ones, and support for adult caregivers.
Community center. Possible offerings include a career center, notary services, parenting classes, basic life skills, immigrant support, and military and spouse support.
Improved, permanent facility. A new multi-purpose building is proposed, featuring a sanctuary that can also be used as a fellowship hall, a small exposition center, and a sports room (i.e., basketball).
WHERE WE WILL BE:
Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene will be building on 7.3 acres of property on Highway 401 south of LIllington (across from Flatwoods Fire Department). The building will be a 72′ x 60′ modular building with a sanctuary, kitchen, meeting rooms, office, and a lounge/lobby area.
The property will also have open green space that can be used for outdoor events such as concerts and sports.
We are estimating that the costs of this project will be under $200,000.00
WHY WE’RE DOING THIS:
The Church is Not a “Members Only” Club. We believe that the church does not exist solely for the benefit of its members or its staff. We believe that the church is called to be an example of the love, grace, and compassion of Jesus Christ–and, that means being involved in the lives of our neighbors and our community in a way that makes their lives better in both tangible (physical, logistical) and in spiritual ways.
Our Communities Need A Tangible Example of God’s Love. As part of a denomination that values compassionate ministry, Lillington Grace seeks to serve our communities by being a place of refuge and a people of care. While we want our communities to see us as a place to come for worship, fellowship, and service, we also want them to see us as more than just a place that wants their participation. We want to participate with them in ways that they see as valuable and essential.
To that cause, Lillington Grace will be a body of faith that is integrated into the culture of our communities. We will learn about their needs, then strive to meet them as we are empowered by God to do so.
Our Communities Need to Hear the Holiness Message (and see it in action). While there are several churches in Lillington, few are offering teaching and preaching based on a Wesleyan-Armenian understand of the Christian lifestyle of faith. We strive to be a ministry that is concerned with people having a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with Him. Our theology is based primarily on understanding scripture, but also on seeing the lifestyle of faith in light of Christian tradition, as well as on reason and experience. In doing so, we can disciple and support people in living entirely sanctified lives.
WHEN ALL OF THIS WILL HAPPEN:
Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene hopes to have a rather aggressive schedule to get things accomplished in a timely manner.
MINISTRY: We are in communication with Lillington Shawtown Elementary school to learn about their needs for volunteers. We’re also researching the best methods and practices for developing the ministries that we plan to have based at the new ministry facility.
BUILDING AND PROPERTY: The property is currently being cleared and prepared for construction. We hope to being building before the end of 2018.
Site plan in progress (work with surveyor, utility companies, Department of Transportation)
09/09 – “Vision Sunday” Presentation
09/16 – Church vote on vision and authorizing a loan application
Site plan submitted to Harnett County Development Review Board
Meeting with Harnett County Development Review Board
Delivery of building to property
Repairs to building and property
Landscaping and other improvements to property
Church launch to community
HOW WE WILL DO THIS:
Lillington Grace Church of the Nazarene has a small, committed membership that is dedicated to stewardship (that means: they’re willing to give!). We welcome you to join us in the effort.
Give money: Help us by defraying our costs. Learn how to give.
Give time: We are in need of volunteers for our various ministries. Talk to a ministry leader.
Give stuff: We have a list of items that would greatly help us in fulfilling our mission. See our wish list.