For 15 years, Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh held several yard sales each year to raise money for the church’s many mission trips. But these were not ordinary yard sales. Each sale had warehouses full of items and customers always asked when the next sale would be.
As the number of missions grew and the popularity of the yard sales increased, the church realized that a thrift store could raise more money for missions while also providing quality clothes and housewares to the local community at an affordable price. In July 2011, the church opened the Missions Thrift Store at the church’s Millbrook Campus in Raleigh.
Each Saturday, the thrift store sells a variety of items donated by the community and church members.
“It is a thrift store environment with yard sale prices. We are concerned about our clients and want to give them gently used things at a fair price,” said Doug Gamble, missions pastor at Crossroads Fellowship.
Any items that are not sold are donated to other organizations or thrift stores in other communities.
The church uses all proceeds from the store for mission work, including giving to local schools and D.O.O.R International, which serves the deaf community around the world. The store also helps the church send an average of eight mission teams each year to help communities around the United States and world, including trips this year to Arizona, Haiti and Mexico. Crossroads Fellowship makes missions a priority; the missions team has a paid staff of six along with more than 500 volunteers.
One of the reasons the church opened the store is they were looking for a mission project that everyone in the church could be a part of.
“A lot of our mission work you have to be in the right season of life to participate, but everyone can help with the thrift store either by volunteering, donating or shopping,” Gamble said.
The store is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and is located in the warehouse area at the Millbrook Campus, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.missionsthriftnc.com or call 919-235-0873.
Hope Community Church singles night
Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, will hold its monthly worship night for single adults from 7 to 9:15 p.m., Friday, June 8. The evening will feature a potluck dinner, social time, live worship and an encouraging message geared towards singles. For details, call 919-532-0620, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.
Free weekly sports camp
North Raleigh Church of Christ is offering a free sports camp for children ages 4-12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday through June 27 at the church, 8701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. The campers will play basketball or softball and are asked to bring their own ball and glove. Online registration is at www.northraleighchurch.org/sportscamp. For more information, call 919-845-0011.
Chick-fil-A president to speak
Dan Cathy, president and COO of Chick-fil-A, will speak from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Business leaders are invited to the free event, and a Chick-fil-A breakfast will be served. Online registration is encouraged at www.gethope.net. Parking is at 1103 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, and shuttles to the church will be provided. For more information, call 919-532-0620.
Brooks Avenue Church of Christ VBS
Brooks Avenue Church of Christ VBS is holding “Sonquest Rainforest VBS” from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, at the church, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh. The VBS is special-needs inclusive with accommodations provided so that all children can participate. Children age 2 through fifth grade are invited to participate. Registration is requested for children with special needs by June 22. For more information, visit www.brooks.org or call 919-624-2591. Contact email@example.com with questions on the special-needs program.