Seven Churches Build Unity & New Habitat House
Bright and early Saturday morning, July 22nd, volunteers from 7 churches will begin work on a Habitat house at 1106 Hampton Court as the “Unity Build” kicks off. The idea for this build was conceived by the Rev. Dr. Dray Bland of First Baptist Church-Apple Street and Rev. Lindsay Conrad of First Presbyterian Church as an outgrowth of the partnership that exists between these two churches. Their hope was to gather churches from across denominational, racial and theological boundaries to be a witness for unity at a time when it seems division reigns. Because Habitat’s mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build houses, communities and hope, Rev. Bland and Rev. Conrad saw it as a natural fit to be the common cause around which the churches would serve.
Rev. Bland said they sent a letter to around 30 churches in Alamance County inviting them to participate in a Habitat build. Of those contacted, 7 churches committed to participate as a visible sign of the unity found in Christ: First Baptist Church-Apple Street, First Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew’s AME Church, Ebenezer UCC, Elon Community UCC, First Reformed UCC, and St. Mark’s Church. Each Saturday through September, the Habitat work site will be filled with volunteers from each of these churches, the prospective homeowner, Christine Jacobs, other prospective homeowners, and our regular Habitat Core Crew and staff. Said Rev. Bland, “My hope is for people to develop relationships and see that we have more in common than we are different; that people would begin to see God working in different congregations; and that friendships would be the built.”