Religion

Stories of hope in anxious times

Stories of hope in anxious times

Charles Dickens famously wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the […]

What churches in the area are doing to adjust to COVID-19

What churches in the area are doing to adjust to COVID-19

First Baptist Church of  Navarre is open for normal Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m. maintaining social distancing and limiting capacity until May 3. All Bible Studies, small groups, and ministries will meet through Zoom video conferencing until May 3. If anyone is feeling sick, had family that is sick or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Church donates 15 Christmas meals

Church donates 15 Christmas meals

New Life Deliverance Temple Church partnered with the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Lowes stores in Gulf Breeze and Milton to provide 15 Christmas dinners to local families in need. Dinner baskets contained a ham and other foods, roasting pans, drinks and all the needed plastic ware. Helping in the project were Chaquita […]

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 […]

Live Auction raises money for new children’s building

Live Auction raises money for new children’s building

Raising $1 million debt free is not an easy task for anyone, but First Baptist Church of Navarre (FBCN) has taken on the challenge. First Baptist put on a Live Auction/Block Party Nov. 16 with all the profits benefiting the construction of their new Children’s Ministry Center. Church members rallied together and collected a variety […]

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 […]

Holy or Haunted? All Hallows Eve’s dark alter ego

Holy or Haunted? All Hallows Eve’s dark alter ego

The chances are good that you will be getting a visit this evening from Spiderman, Ironman and Elsa, from the movie “Frozen.” These are some of the most popular children’s Halloween costumes for 2019 according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The NRF reports that Halloween sales are expected to top […]

Second to None: Compass Community Church

Second to None: Compass Community Church

It was an overcast but pleasant Sunday afternoon when a crowd of about 25 people gathered atop a seawall behind a Navarre home. Santa Rosa Sound was tabletop smooth, its surface rippled only intermittently by dolphins in pursuit of mullet. Playful dolphins are masters at capturing attention, but this crowd’s gaze was fixed closer to shore where a cluster of three people stood in thigh-deep water facing the crowd.    Read the full article in the Oct. 24 […]

First Assembly of God Navarre Missions Trip to Belgium

First Assembly of God Navarre Missions Trip to Belgium

The European nation of Belgium, a constitutional monarchy with a robust economy, excellent health care, high standard of education and high standard of living, is not a country one would expect needed the attention of missionaries. Afterall, Belgium was once a country from which Christian missionaries were sent to countries that better fit our concept of needy.   Read the full article in the Oct. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

The High Holy Days: Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue

At sunset Sept. 29, Jews worldwide welcomed in the traditional, Jewish new year. With none of the glitzy television coverage of the Jan.1 event, Rosh Hashanah, literally “head of the year,” is a two-day celebration that begins on the first day of Tishrei by the Hebrew calendar.   Read the full article in the Oct. 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Mind Monsters 2: A timely series on depression at Momentum Church

Momentum Church will launch a series on depression at their five campuses Oct. 5-6 offering advice on “overcoming what overcomes you.”  This teaching series, entitled Mind Monsters 2, is a reprise of their 2018 Mind Monsters series.   Read the full article in the Oct. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre […]

Mission to Belize

Mission to Belize

The Central American nation of Belize is caressed on its eastern shore by the balmy Caribbean Sea. To the Northwest is Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and due west, the nation of Guatemala. The Belize Barrier Reef, a rich marine ecosystem that Charles Darwin called, “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” begins just 1000 feet from the beach and breaches the surface further offshore to form 450 cays and 3 atolls.   Read the full article in the Sept. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

United Methodist preschoolers fight childhood cancer

United Methodist preschoolers fight childhood cancer

Navarre United Methodist Church’s preschool is fighting childhood cancer by raising funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research for a cure. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. United Methodist’s preschoolers are mixing up lemonade and asking for donations.   Read the full article in the Sept. 19 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Ministering on the Streets of NYC

Ministering on the Streets of NYC

On July 30, a team of 18 teens and eight adults from Coastline Calvary Chapel Navarre, led by Pastor Matt Burkett, boarded a plane at Pensacola International Airport bound for New York City. While millions of tourists visit NYC each year, these people were headed there to work among the city’s homeless, its poor and disadvantaged.   Read the full article in the Sept. 12 […]

Hope for Honduras: Community Life Church, Gulf Breeze

Hope for Honduras: Community Life Church, Gulf Breeze

A mainstay in the ministry budget of many U.S. churches is support for foreign missions. Visit a local church and you are sure to see a wall adorned with captioned pictures of the missionaries they support. While supporting congregations may be acquainted with their missionaries, the people to whom these missionaries minister often remain needy unknowns.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre […]

Grieving through the loss of a spouse

Grieving through the loss of a spouse

Perhaps the most profound verse in the Bible is also the shortest, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). The occasion for Jesus’ tears was the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. When Jesus came to the town of Bethany where Lazarus had lived, he met with Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters.   Read the full article in […]

Music, faith combine at Navarre United Methodist

Music, faith combine at Navarre United Methodist

Navarre United Methodist Church turned the volume up on worship Aug. 16 as a packed sanctuary celebrated summer during a free concert with a group of regionally recognized musicians including nationally known singer Chloe Channell. Pastor Alan McBride said the worship event was the idea of Music Minister Mike Conrad.   Read the full article […]