Last summer, two historic New Albany congregations launched a bold and innovative new partnership by becoming two congregations in one location. On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Centenary United Methodist Church began sharing space and ministry at Park’s current location of 2231 Green Valley Road.
In November 2018, Centenary decided to sell its 180-year-old church building and surrounding property on Spring Street and search for a new home. As news of this decision began to spread, Park’s pastor, Rev. Lee Huckleberry, reached out to Centenary’s pastor, Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman, and the two began to discuss the potential for a partnership. Guided by a shared devotion to mission and love of neighbor, a fresh vision began to emerge and leaders from both churches voted to move forward.
It is important to note that this is not a merger of the two churches. Both retain their denominational affiliation, governance structure, and financial autonomy. Centenary worships on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, and Park follows at 10:30 am.
A centerpiece of this shared endeavor is a commitment to continue a vital feeding ministry to New Albany residents. Centenary’s Christ's Kitchen will relocate to Park beginning Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 pm and will continue its schedule of two free meals per week, 6:00 pm on Thursday and 4:30 pm on Sunday. Furthermore, Park will continue its Open Table Dinner on the third Monday of the month at 5:00 pm.
Centenary and Park also hold several joint worship services throughout the year, For more information, contact Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Lee Huckleberry at email@example.com.