Local churches step up to serve our community

Local churches step up to serve our community

The historical backdrop against which the New Testament of the Bible was written is painted in dark, menacing shades. The weighty and wide oppression of the Roman occupiers was shaping the lives of the unfortunate occupied. Life was cheap, slavery was an accepted cultural norm. Nature was no ally to the suffering as a succession […]

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Local churches respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

With Holy Week three weeks away, local church leaderships were faced with an unexpected and difficult decision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations last week for the State of Florida designed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state. One recommendation is that faith-based communities in Florida “cancel […]

Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre opens new KIDS ministry building

Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre opens new KIDS ministry building

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre officially opened the doors on their new “KIDS” ministry building.   “We had planned for the kids ministry building to be ready to be in use by January,” said Jamie Adams, the director of Coastline Navarre’s KIDS/AWANA ministry, “but as Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord […]

Navarre First Assembly’s 2020 Missions Banquet

Navarre First Assembly’s 2020 Missions Banquet

Had you inadvertently wandered into the convention center at the Days Inn in Navarre the evening of Saturday, Feb. 29, you might have thought you had stumbled into some international forum. Further inquiry would have revealed that it was Navarre First Assembly of God’s annual Missions Fundraising Banquet.  Read the full article in the Mar. […]

First Baptist becomes ‘the hands and feet of Christ’ in El Salvador

First Baptist becomes ‘the hands and feet of Christ’ in El Salvador  

On the Pacific coast of Central America, cupped beneath Guatemala and Honduras, sits the tiny country of El Salvador. Home to nearly 6.5 million people, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America.  On Feb. 25, ER Abroad in collaboration with First Baptist Church of Navarre, sent a team to El Salvador for a nine-day […]

Jeremy’s Night to Shine

Jeremy’s Night to Shine

Jeremy Glekler had been waiting all year for this night, so when his ride arrived at his home in Gulf Breeze to take him to the evening’s event, he was ready. His hair was neatly coiffed. His tuxedo fit like a glove. The shine on his patent leather shoes was almost as bright as the […]

Encompass changes denomination

Encompass changes denomination

Encompass Church in Navarre officially changed its denominational affiliation Oct. 11, 2019, from the United Methodist Church (UMC) to the Free Methodist Church (FMC). The UMC is the second largest protestant denomination in the U.S. The change comes at a time when ongoing debate within the UMC over the roles and rights of practicing LGBTQ […]

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

Compass Community Church sings at Navarre Gardens

“We’d like to come and sing Christmas hymns with the residents, if that would be OK,” I asked the activities director of Navarre Gardens, Emily Edwards. I serve as the pastor of Compass Community Church, a new church start up in Navarre (compassefca.org). “That would be great!” Edwards replied. “The residents will love that.” Read […]

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Navarre mother rallies community to encourage a veteran

Editor’s note: In a slight deviation from our usual way of covering the news, this week’s Faith page features a firsthand account from our contributor pastor Michael Bannon, describing a special moment of love and kindness in our community. It began with a simple idea springing from a heart sensitive to the needs of others […]

Momentum Church shares ‘irrational generosity’

Momentum Church shares ‘irrational generosity’

We’ve all heard the metaphor of the shoemaker’s children having no shoes or perhaps one of the many contemporary versions, like the plumber’s neglected plumbing or the TV repairman’s broken TV. But have you ever heard of a church raising money for another church to build a building when they themselves have no building? That is exactly what Momentum Church has done.  Momentum Church […]

Liberty Church hosts breakfast with Santa

Liberty Church hosts breakfast with Santa

“Wow, what a year it was spreading a little Christmas joy to our community,” exclaimed AJ Rice, pastor of Liberty Church in Gulf Breeze. This past weekend, Liberty held its fourth annual “Breakfast with Santa” community event. “Our ‘Breakfast with Santa’ began in 2016 with a vision of community and bringing people together to celebrate […]

The essential gospel of Christ

The essential gospel of Christ

Late October, the north African rainy season nearing its end, an airliner carrying pastor Austin Huggins of Christ Evangel Christian Fellowship in Milton crossed the vast Sahara Desert and touched down in Abuja, Nigeria. Huggins and a colleague, pastor Tom Smith, were in Nigeria to speak at a series of theological conferences sponsored by FirstLove Missions (missionsfirstlove.org). Abuja is a planned city strategically located in the middle of Nigeria in a bid to end a long […]

New pastor at Holley Assembly of God

New pastor at Holley Assembly of God

On Aug. 4, Rev. Bo Senterfitt and his wife, Angela, began their ministry at Holley Assembly of God (AOG) in Navarre. The Senterfitts had become acquainted with the Navarre congregation back in 2012 when the reverend had applied for the position of senior pastor. The church was under the leadership of an interim pastor at […]

“We Care and We Will Listen”

“We Care and We Will Listen”

On the evening of Nov. 2, a crowd of just over 100 people gathered in the fellowship hall at St. Sylvester Roman Catholic Church in Navarre for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Navarre’s (PRC) fourth annual benefit dinner. The event began with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a catered meal.   Read the full article in […]

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

Fostering Hope provides needed training at Community Life

The Letter of James says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Most Christians would at least acknowledge that keeping oneself unstained from the world is something they ought to do, but would we […]