One part of the spiritual side of our work is that we minister to people who have been spiritually abused. People who, because of their economic circumstances, their addictions, their social status, their sexuality, or any combination of these, are not welcome in church.
For those people, Love Wins Ministries offers a weekly chapel service. For some of us, it is the church of last resort. It is also the clearest place to see the theology that underpins the work we do here.
We gather at noon on Wednesdays in the sanctuary. We welcome everyone. We sing some simple songs. We read a scripture from the Gospels. We hear a short message. Then, everyone gets a chance to talk about what they got out of it, or what they noticed, or to argue for an alternative view. After that, we pray for each other. We share communion. And we leave to face another week, prayed for and cared for.
If you come here, we don’t care where you have been. It does not matter what you have done, or how many times you have let someone down. The only criteria for being here is that you want to be here.
Can I visit?
Yes. We gather at noon on Wednesdays in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church at 824 N. Bloodworth St in Raleigh.
And while we welcome you, you should also know it weirds us out a bit. Our people are used to being used, to being abused, to being pawns in other people’s schemes. We don’t want you to come check us out so you can go back to work the next day and talk about how you took Communion with a homeless man.
But, if you want to come and get to know people who have less – less stuff, less love, less money, less almost everything – than you do, if you want to try to build long term relationships with people who can probably never pay you back in any way you understand right now, if that interests you at all, we would love to have you come and worship with us. As an equal.
What’s it like?
My friend Ben shares describes a service he attended in 2015. Other than we do it on Wednesday now, it’s still a lot like that.