Why Millbrook

Why Millbrook

Millbrook is a collection of people and ideas. We’re walking together to create a community that seeks to live into God’s purpose for us. We’d love for you to join us in this endeavor. It would be difficult to give you every compelling reason to come and visit us, but here are a few that we think you might like to hear.

A Few Things That Make Millbrook Unique

  • Millbrook, in conjunction with Equal Exchange, participates in a Fair Trade ministry to help support local farmers. Coffee, tea and chocolate are available for purchase on the second Sunday of each month.
  • Millbrook has a long history of supporting and ordaining BOTH women and men for ministry. Millbrook began ordaining women as deacons in 1922, is a proud supporter of Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) and its Martha Stearns Marshall Sunday program, and became one of only a handful of Baptist churches in North Carolina to have a woman as its Senior Pastor when it called Rev. Andrea Dellinger Jones in 2008.
  • Millbrook was one of the first churches in North Raleigh to offer a Kindergarten. Since 1964, Millbrook has been pleased to offer a preschool program that provides love and support to young children and their families.
  • Millbrook is lovingly known as “Meal-brook.” We don’t like to brag, but we offer one of the best Wednesday suppers in Raleigh. Our volunteers make their own bacon bits for the salad bar. Do we need to say more?

12 Months of Millbrook

There are lots of unique events at Millbrook, but here’s one special event for every month of the year.

January: Join us for a belated New Year’s Celebration. Each year, on the first Wednesday night after the holiday break, Millbrook gathers to ring in the New Year. We lower the acorn from the Fellowship Hall balcony, sing Auld Lang Syne, and celebrate the many blessing and hopes for the year ahead. And here’s the best part: You don’t have to stay up till Midnight!

February: The Women’s Ministry shows us how to celebrate in style with their annual Celebration of Love Dinner. Enjoy piano music, excellent service from Raleigh’s best wait-staff (the Millbrook Youth), and the most delicious meal in North Raleigh.

March: Millbrook loves to play host. Each spring, Millbrook is delighted to host student groups from around the country who spend their spring breaks volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

April: One of Millbrook’s biggest events is SOLE Hope. Millbrookers gather to cut fabric and organize materials that will be used make shoes for children in Uganda.

May: Each May, Millbrook concludes its Wednesday Night Activities with a Service of Endings. Millbrookers gather on the labyrinth to sing, pray, and reflect on year of learning and fellowship.

June: June launches our annual thirteen-week Summer Scholars Series. Since 2010, Millbrook has invited lecturers from area and national universities to offer presentations during our Sunday School Hour. 2015 topics included religious freedom, Christian prayer, Christianity in Africa, the influence of competing world views on school choice, and the New Testaments understanding of mothers and motherhood.

July: Come and sing with us! At Millbrook, we realize that many talented singers don’t have a schedule that lets them commit to a weekly practice year-round. Summer Choir offers anyone the chance to join the choir in the summer. Anthems are easy and familiar, and all are welcome.

August: August means back-to-school. Millbrook invites children of all ages to join us for our annual Blessing of the Backpacks as we ask God’s blessings and grace on the year ahead.

September: One of Millbrook’s (and maybe North Raleigh’s!) most anticipated events is the annual Blessing of the Animals. Joins us as we ask God’s blessings upon our furry friends and give thanks to for the love and depth that all of God’s creatures and creation bring to our lives.

October: October is CROP Walk Month. Millbrook will join other faith communities in Raleigh as we walk to raise money and build awareness to prevent hunger locally and globally. Children can participate too! Millbrook will also host a Kid’s Crop Walk on Wednesday, October 22.

November: Join Millbrook as we gather with our sister communities of faith in the North Raleigh Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Millbrook has the honor of hosting this year’s service on Monday, November 24. The evening offers a wonderful chance to celebrate the rich diversity of God’s people and to offer thanks for the many blessings God provides to our collective communities.

December: Each year, Millbrook holds a Candlelight Labyrinth Walk on December 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day. Join us as we remember the names of those we have lost and offer prayers of peace and healing.

What Millbrookers Are Saying

Nothing beats a HOME like Millbrook!

Home is definitely where the heart is. A family or an individual can feel this in an instant or over time at their own pace as they experience the love and inclusiveness that exists at Millbrook. There are so many programs and opportunities to participate in such as Sunday School, morning worship, Wednesday night dinner and programs, missions, etc. While we were born and remain in the Baptist tradition and ways we have stepped up to embracing the progressive attitudes and beliefs of modern day worship. Nothing beats a home like Millbrook!

Jack
2015-07-22T15:17:37+00:00
Home is definitely where the heart is. A family or an individual can feel this in an instant or over time at their own pace as they experience the love and inclusiveness that exists at Millbrook. There are so many programs and opportunities to participate in such as Sunday School, morning worship, Wednesday night dinner and programs, missions, etc. While we were born and remain in the Baptist tradition and ways we have stepped up to embracing the progressive attitudes and beliefs of modern day worship. Nothing beats a home like Millbrook! Jack

Millbrook is a place where people can be OPEN!

For me there are two parts to my answer to "Why Millbrook?" First, it's "Millbrook Baptist," the Baptist traditional beliefs/principles that (1) faith is a matter between God and the individual and (2) local church autonomy as there is no "official" set of Baptist theological beliefs. Second, the "Millbrook" part - it is important to me that Millbrook is a place where people can be open to others who's Christian beliefs are different and all can be welcome.

Jonathan
2015-07-22T15:19:49+00:00
For me there are two parts to my answer to "Why Millbrook?" First, it's "Millbrook Baptist," the Baptist traditional beliefs/principles that (1) faith is a matter between God and the individual and (2) local church autonomy as there is no "official" set of Baptist theological beliefs. Second, the "Millbrook" part - it is important to me that Millbrook is a place where people can be open to others who's Christian beliefs are different and all can be welcome. Jonathan