Author: Michael Bannon

In-person Vacation Bible Study back at local churches

This past week marked the official start of summer. After a year of lockdowns and quarantines, local churches offered in-person Vacation Bible Schools.

A large, theater-style backdrop, created by a mother, transformed the platform at First Baptist Church of Navarre (FBCN) into “Destination Dig,” this year’s theme for VBS, which ran in the mornings from June 21-25.

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Raising money and having fun doing it

On the morning of June 12, a crowd of over 350 race participants, supporters and sponsors gathered in the hall at St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, the rallying point for the 10th annual Flag Day Run/Walk sponsored by the St. Sylvester Columbiettes and the Knights of Columbus.

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For God’s Sake: We need a sustained rainy season of civility and commonsense

Recently, I did something that I had purposed I would never do – I engaged a social media post that was obviously intended only to incite.

A friend posted a meme claiming that 56% of conservative Christians reacted in laughable ignorance to a statement that employed a generic word close in spelling to one which was sure to elicit a negative reaction from them.

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Midway church changes name, look

Midway First Assembly of God Church on East Bay Boulevard is now East Bay Church.

On a recent Sunday in a special presentation at the end of the service, lead pastor, Stacy Clearman, his wife Heidi, and the primary church leadership introduced to the congregation the idea of changing the name to East Bay Church.

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