Tuttle Times On Snow Hill Baptist Church

We received permission to post the article featured in The Tuttle Times last week. Freelance writer Krystyl Barron interviewed Pastor Todd. She began her piece with the following,

Dr. Littleton? Pastor Todd? Nah. It’s just Todd, but he and the members at Snow Hill Baptist church are more than just a congregation. They are stewards in every right, and if you have not heard about what is going on inside Snow Hill walls, you are missing out on true spirituality.

(Reprinted with permission from the Editor of the Tuttle Times.)

Wednesdays are for Others

Dr. Littleton? Pastor Todd? Nah. It’s just Todd, but he and the members at Snow Hill Baptist church are more than just a congregation. They are stewards in every right, and if you have not heard about what is going on inside Snow Hill walls, you are missing out on true spirituality.

Around 1997, some additions were beginning to be made to Snow Hill. Church membership had really just outgrown the place, and several different worship times seemed to be pulling the church family in as many directions. It was the goal of the church to add on to the existing building in order to make room for all to worship at one time, but if you build it, they will come, and now the whole community has a place not only within the walls of the church but also within the hearts of its people.

Todd and the pastoral staff at Snow Hill were searching and praying for a way to bring the congregation together with the community, and even though he is not from around here, it did not take long for the pastor to understand Tuttle, America. The town is full of kindness and has a heart built in community, but it has its head in little league and Friday night lights, which were likely to cast a shadow on any new project happening at a church seven miles east of town. So, Wednesdays were chosen.

“The people are already here. We already have their attention on Wednesday, so Wednesday made sense.” Sundays are a time to come together as a church family, and a personal time to be with God, but Wednesdays at Snow Hill are for, well, they are for others.

“There were some who wanted to sink money into a sanctuary, but it just didn’t make sense, “remembered Todd. He pointed out that a sanctuary is the single most expensive part of a church building, and, short of an occasional funeral or wedding, it is used for about three hours a week. It was Todd’s belief that the money could be put to better use, and so began, though it was not fathomed at the time, the inklings of “Wednesdays are for Others.” The church now houses a gym which doubles (make that triples) as a sanctuary, and the hub of the Wednesday night excitement. Other additions such as kitchen spaces, storage areas, and meeting rooms have all been assumed by this tremendous community outreach project.

Each and every Wednesday in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank and Wal-Mart, the church has a fellowship meal for an estimated one-hundred fifty community members. In meals on wheels fashion, the youth group makes additional meal deliveries to those who are homebound. After the meal, some sixty-five or more care boxes filled with food are distributed. It should be noted that this is no ordinary canned food drive; bread, vegetables, frozen goods, etc. have all found their way into the care boxes.

In addition to the fellowship meal which begins at 5:30, several volunteers spend hours each week sorting and organizing gently used clothing donations that are housed inside Snow Hill’s Clothes Closet. Those in the community who need these things can “shop” here on designated Wednesday nights as well, though nothing is attached to cost.

Also a part, make that an amazing part, of Wednesdays are for Others is the Community of Hope which is an all volunteer free health clinic and pharmacy that is run right out of the church itself just down the hall from the Clothes Closet and around the corner from the aforementioned multi-purpose gymnasium where the fellowship meals are served. Two doctors, a pharmacist, a few pharmacy technicians, and a handful of nurses from the church and/or the community all volunteer their services to provide healthcare and pharmaceutical needs for those who for some reason, or for any reason, need, want, or have to have these basic medical needs met. The pharmacy is open two Wednesdays each month while the clinic is available once a month.

Interestingly, there is controversy as to whether the original quote is “if you build it, they will come” or “if you build it, he will come,” and even though the church members, the community, and the pastoral staff of Snow Hill Baptist church have certainly stepped in to execute the adage, perhaps, “if you build it, HE will come” is more befitting.

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