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Open hearts, open worship

Open hearts, open worship

Pancakes, pizza and praise.

Coffee, croissants and communion.

Bordeaux and Bible.

Welcome to church, 2015.

For the past year, ever since their former church building on Pleasant Grove Road was hit by lightning, the pastor and people of First United Methodist Church in Inverness have been meeting for Bible study and worship in various businesses around downtown Inverness — while the businesses are open and doing business. 

With catchy names like “Slice of Scripture” that meets at Angelo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante, “Bible Uncorked” that meets at the Fox Den Winery and “Simply Caffeinated” that meets at the Deco Cafe, they’re taking the gospel to the marketplace, being salt and light, just as Jesus told his followers to do.

“I wanted to find alternative ways of doing church,” said Rev. Sarah Campbell, the church pastor since 2013. “The landscape of church is changing in the 21st century and as Christians, we need to find new, non-threatening ways to share  Christ’s message of unconditional love and acceptance.” 

Click here for more of this story from the Citrus County Chronicle Online.