Liberty Hill United Methodist Church was started as an outreach of Hillside United Methodist Church at the Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton. The church now meets at the old Canton Cotton Mill on Railroad Street.
“When a group of people gathered at the Arts Center in downtown Canton on Sept. 21, 2003, God had planted in their hearts a dream of a new church,” said Pastor Jamey Prickett in a news release.
The vision of the leadership of Hillside United Methodist Church was to expand the kingdom of God through the planting of churches in Cherokee county, he said.
“These loyal and faithful believers had the privilege of writing chapter one of Liberty Hill UMC. Ten years later, they are writing chapter two. They are building on the vision of those who planted a church to be a community of faith that loves God and serves their neighbor,” the release said.
Molly Elkins, one of the founding members, says she has constantly lived out that commitment with mission trips to China, creating an adoption ministry, and planning for an upcoming trip to orphanages in Latvia.
“We will continue to do what God calls us to even if that means going to the ends of the earth,” Elkins said.
Liberty Hill UMC is recognized as a mission-focused community that is passionate about lifting up Christ. Through partnership with many mission organizations the church serves the least of these in the city of Canton and around the world, the pastor said.
The church has two missionaries serving overseas. Courtney Wilson serves in Mexico and Jason and Karen Gosdin and their two children are preparing to serve in the Dominican Republic. The church has an active involvement in Latvia and Kenya.
Liberty Hill UMC truly exemplifies what it means to be a church that loves the unlovable; a church that looks out for the needs of others, the pastor said. It was this vision that attracted the Kasha family.
“Liberty Hill Church is a church that has a heart for the community and it shows,” Dawn Kasha said.
Liberty Hill UMC is anticipating chapter two to be a great adventure.
“It will require our best as we embrace God’s vision, exercise our faith, and put our lives fully at the disposal of God,” Prickett said.
After the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sept. 22 the church will have a barbecue lunch and activities for the children.
The church meets at 141 Railroad Street in Canton.
For more information contact the church at (678) 493-8920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.