Spinning signs, cotton candy, pizza and a bounce house welcomed guests on April 6 to the grand opening of The Point Church’s newest location on Walnut Street in Cary.
Maybe news of the merger of Cary Christian Church and The Point brought the standing-room-only crowd to the 11 a.m. service.
The exterior of the church building and friendly faces are similar to those of the former church. The renovations inside the church help with the laid-back feeling.
A stage for the worship band replaced the pulpit, and the self-serve communion table has a gluten-free option.
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Chris Hankins is the lead pastor for The Point, which has three campuses in Wake County. The marketing efforts for the opening of the Cary campus included mailing 30,000 cards to Cary residents with this message: “Life hurts. God heals.”
Hankin’s sermon series ties into the message.
“In this world, you will be hurt. You will have pain, and a life in Christ is just the beginning to healing,” said Hankins, 32, who lives in Apex with his family.
William Schmidt and his family became church members more than two years ago and are excited to have a location closer to their home.
“Since joining The Point, my family has gotten quite involved, not only attending weekly, but serving at church two Sundays a month, volunteering at the food pantry and co-leading a life group,” said Schmidt, 44, who works at IBM.
The outreach ministry for the church includes counseling and videos with stories of hope from members who overcame a hurt to experience healing through Christ.
Katie Ringley recently shared her experience of healing from an eating disorder.
Ringley said she felt pressure to be thin when she was on the cheerleading squad at Appalachian State University. Her weight dropped to 85 pounds as Ringley agonized over everything she ate and drank – even water.
Today, Ringley is speaking up for others who struggle.
“Don’t run away from God with these problems; run to Him instead,” said Ringley, who wrote an e-book with healthy recipes and offers support through her Web site, www.KatiesFitScript.com.
The Point Church was established in September 2010. Since then, almost 200 people have been baptized. The total attendance at the campuses in Cary, Apex and Raleigh now averages 500.
“We will continue to move forward with our vision to plant 30 churches across the Triangle in 15 years,” Hankins said. “In all we do, we point people to Jesus.”