Our Mission & Vision

We began as an outreach ministry of Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh, NC.  Now, we are PRiSM and we are soon to be the only United Church of Christ in Wake Forest, NC.  We are what’s called a “congregation in care” within our denomination and on October 12 it is official we will be a UCC.  On NOVEMBER 17, we will have a LAUNCH SERVICE/Celebration of this fact.  Please be there. Not only will we have refreshments but we will give out some free stuff.
 
We meet for casual worship together on Sundays and are currently renting the CHAPEL on the campus of WAKE FOREST UMC.  Sleep in and come on at at 12:30pm to worship with us.
 
Our mission is to love God and to love ourselves so that we can love our neighbors as ourselves.  We want to be the church which means our lives  reflect unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. We must learn to see God in each other and not to put God in a box. We believe we are called to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of spiritual study and activity and to do all that is possible to grow in grace and maturity of our understanding of scripture.  We take the Bible seriously just not literally. Everything has a context.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team encourages all people to be a priesthood of believers sharing in the responsibilities of loving and caring for one another, strangers and our environment. We strive to pass on the unconditional love of Christ (with healthy boundaries of course.)  We devote ourselves to study, prayer and God’s humble care. We are called to the ministry of reconciliation and we seek justice and mercy for all. Our passion is to equip others to be the church. We believe we are called to be the hands of Christ.  We bring to the table the meat of the gospel which is too often hidden in churches where people are not fed to become mature in their understanding and awareness of the freedom and fullness of Christ Jesus.

Rev. Joy Alford Allridge, Pastor

As the primary teaching and preaching pastor, Pastor Joy has a passion for carefully unpacking the hidden truths of Scripture. She had the vision for PRiSM and is an ordained United Church of Christ minister called by Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh for the exploration into a UCC new church start in Wake Forest, NC. This is currently the only UCC ministry in Wake Forest. She and her spouse met in Seminary and they now have three children together. Joy has a degree in Social Work and a Master Degree in Divinity.  She is part time as volunteer Pastor but is able to provide us with spiritual guidance, pastoral care and prepares challenging adult education and/or  spiritual formation for PRiSM in addition to leading us in worship and preaching on Sundays.  She has ministered and preached in various churches throughout the state since an early age. Pastor Joy enjoys writing and has published poetry. She also enjoys boating, her dog and biking or walking.  She has a heart for the poor and homeless and realizes a need to focus on environmental stewardship and justice.

Amy Allridge, Youth & Music Leader

Amy is gifted in music and called to youth ministry. She has graciously taken on the responsibility of teaching the youth and leading the children’s program as well as leading the music during worship, for now. She is also a volunteer. Amy has a background in Biology but also has a Master Degree in Divinity and works part-time as Church Administrator at WBPC in Raleigh.  Amy’s call to youth ministry began early in life. Amy has been involved in the dream of a UCC in Wake Forest since first meeting Joy in seminary.  Amy has a lot of energy and believes it is vital to have a youth minister in the early phase of growing a church.  She and Joy also believe in “Safe Sanctuary” policies and are thus are always looking for adult volunteers interested in working with the youth. Amy is passionate about youth minister and hopes to eventually fade from music leader to become an ordained youth pastor.  She goes before the ecclesiastical board this month for approval for ordination. Amy enjoys cross stitch, boating, walking and biking during her time off.

 

What we believe:

In being united and uniting.
 
We believe in love unconditional and no strings attached.  We believe church should not have walls.
 
We believe that each person is unique and valuable. We believe it is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved just as they are. We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey. We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction. We believe that all of the baptized ‘belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’ No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life’s journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community’s promise of ‘love, support and care’ for the baptized – and we promise that we won’t take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.   Please feel free to download our denomination’s  full doctrinal statement.