OP
Matt Ham

Welcome from Pastor Matt Ham

I would like to welcome you to Hope’s Olde Providence (OP) site. We began our OP site in March of 2013 out of a desire to take the gospel community to our neighbors in South Charlotte by multiplying Hope’s worship locations.

Since Hope was originally started in 2002, many of our members and families have moved from the Dilworth and South End areas of Charlotte, to the Olde Providence/Arboretum area of South Charlotte. As a result, starting in 2010, the elders began to pray about starting a new work in that area so our members could invite their neighbors to experience gospel community.

Although the location and demographic of our OP site is different than our Woodlawn site, the heartbeat is the same at both of Hope’s locations. We are seeking to be Real People, who look to the Real Jesus, for Real Change. What that practically means is that we will gather together each week and seek to hear what God says is true from His Word; we will confess our sins together, sing together, and pray together.

We believe worship is the foundation which shapes the community we are seeking to be.
– A community built on the grace we have been given in Christ.
– A community that is honest about real struggle and willing to talk in real time about our need for God’s grace.
– A community that knows how to rejoice and grieve together.

I am thankful and feel privileged to be part of such a community, and I hope that you will make plans to join us for worship.

Grace and Peace,

Matt Ham

Visitor FAQ

We meet at 9:00am & 11:00am at Peace Moravian Church, 4418 Rea Road, in the Olde Providence area of South Charlotte. Our worship service is in the sanctuary prior to Peace’s worship service.

We run the gamut from a few people in ties to a few people in shorts and Teva’s, but the vast majority of people dress in “business casual” at Hope. We’re not concerned with what people wear; whatever is personally most conducive to you encountering God on Sunday morning is fine with us. If you’re wanting to blend in on your first visit, though, go with khakis and a golf shirt or the female equivalent of that.

Any of the parking spots at the church are available on Sunday morning. You may also park across the road in the shopping center.

The Olde Providence worship services last about an hour and 15 minutes, beginning at 10:00am. However, punctuality is not one of our spiritual gifts! While we’re trying to encourage our members and regular attenders to arrive earlier, we want to give you fair warning that if you arrive early (or even on time) the sanctuary may feel slightly empty until the service begins or a few minutes after that.
When you arrive, you’ll want to head to the east side of the building (through the double doors in the drive-thru) and turn right toward the sanctuary. You will receive an order of worship from one of our greeters, which will contain the sermon text and outline for that morning, along with announcements about upcoming events at Hope.

Our worship style is an acoustic blend of traditional and contemporary worship music led by a small worship team. The majority of our music is traditional hymns set to more contemporary music. Almost all of our music is congregational singing. We try to put all of our songs in an easily “singable” key and put the songs lyrics on a screen. Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to participate as much as they want and not have anyone feel “lost” in the service whether it’s their first or fiftieth time worshiping with us.
After an initial Call to Worship, we sing several songs together then dismiss the children to Children’s Church. While the children are leaving, we take 5 minutes to say hello to one another. Our intention is not to make you feel awkward or single any one out but to give you an opportunity to at least make an initial connection with someone. Please feel free to introduce yourself to others; Hope always has lots of visitors, and many of the people sitting around you may well be attending for their 1st or 2nd time as well.
After this time, we typically sing another song together and then hear a sermon. We alternate between preaching through books of the Bible and topical sermons. Our goal is to let people consider the Biblical picture of Jesus and the message of Christianity for themselves, so all of our sermons are an explanation of a biblical passage. The sermons are usually 30-35 minutes long, followed by communion (the first Sunday of each month) and one or two songs responding to the message. The entire service lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.

Children up through 4-years-old can be dropped off in the nursery or their respective classroom up to 10 minutes before the service starts. After about the first 15 minutes of worship, children will be dismissed from the sanctuary to Children’s Church, an age appropriate time of worship and teaching. You can read more about why we do this and what your children will experience in Children’s Church on our Kids’ Street page.
When you drop your child off, a leader will help you print out a name badge and receive a collection ticket. All of our volunteers go through a screening process and we follow a series of safety protocols to ensure that your child is safe while in our care and you’re able to be at ease during the worship service. You’re also welcome to keep your children with you in the worship service if you prefer.

Location

4418 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28226