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Encourage, Teach, and Transform

Our Ministries

Hinton Rural Life Center offers a variety of ministries to impact the lives of individuals, small groups, churches, and organizations to engage and transform. We hope participants will leave Hinton with new insight into faith, clearer perspective on ministry, greater depth of personal understanding, and practical tools for continuing the journey.

Download our ministries flyer for a summary of our ministries and resources: Community Outreach

Christmas Care of Clay County

Hinton facilitates Christmas Care of Clay County, where local partners work together to provide children with new clothing for Christmas gifts. Parents or guardians can opt to shop for their children or use the help of volunteers. The ministry is supported through local donations. Families who would like to participate must submit an application.  This form is currently closed for submissions.

El Centro Hinton facilita un programa llamado “Christmas Care of Clay County,” en el cual los negocios locales trabajan juntos para proporcionar ropa nueva a los niños como regalo de navidad. A las familias participantes se les proveerá de una tarjeta regalo con la cual podrán ir de compras a la tienda Burke’s. Las familias que deseen participar deben enviar una aplicación en línea o hacerla en el Centro Hinton, lo cual se hace generalmente en octubre.
Este formulario está actualmente cerrado para envíos.

Garden Ministry WNC

Garden Ministry
Hinton Center’s garden not only provides fresh vegetables for our guests, the yield is intentionally planned for an overage that is shared within the community.

The Clay County Food Pantry and Matt’s Ministry are two recipients of Hinton’s harvest, and a UMAR home for adults with disabilities also receives a portion.

The MissionAires children’s group from Hayesville First UMC has been the spring kick-off planting team each year by getting seed potatoes in the ground. They learn the value of gardening as they serve to help feed their neighbors.

Firewood Ministry

If you depend on wood as your primary source of heat, yet you are having a difficult time gathering up firewood or you’re not able to afford it…..Hinton Center would like to help! By calling Hinton Center, we will make a load firewood available to you at no cost. Interested parties, please call Hinton Rural Life Center at (828) 389-8336.

No one should go cold or have to choose between medicine or a warm home because of a lack of heating resources.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Hinton Center needs volunteers throughout the year to help split/deliver firewood. If you, your family, your church group, or a group of friends have some time you could volunteer to our Firewood Ministry, please call us!

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Poverty Initiative
For more than 50 years, Hinton has provided opportunities for service and for deeper connection in the local, rural community. As a community catalyst, Hinton has been able to help connect people to people and to encourage awareness and understanding around issues of poverty. Through grant funding from The Duke Endowment, Hinton has embarked upon a new, two year poverty initiative, Partnering for Change: Creating a Community of Mutuality and Engagement. Hinton has the opportunity to encourage conversation between a broad range of community leaders in Clay and Cherokee Counties in North Carolina and Towns County in Georgia, to better understand the character of this wider community through a 10 month process with an asset based community development planning study, and to offer opportunities for community leaders to learn and to broaden perspectives on poverty.

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Church Vitality
Hinton Center has a long-standing commitment to serving small and rural churches. and, out of this well-established focus, has crafted a new process by which Hinton supports and resources these churches. Hinton recognizes that the majority of United Methodist churches are categorized as small (100 average worship attendance or less). Therefore, we encourage small and rural congregations through a process of transformational ministry whereby congregations respond through active, missional engagement. Ultimately, Hinton wants to spark renewed, creative thinking so that congregations are able to bear witness to Christ, connect with their communities, and experience fruitful ministry by working with local churches to plan workshops or retreats that benefit small and rural churches.

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Small Church