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CLC renovates during COVID closures

CLC renovates during COVID closures

In April of this year, Governor DeSantis imposed restrictions on public gatherings in response to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. While the governor deemed worship an essential service, many churches nonetheless exercised an abundance of caution and closed their facilities to the public opting instead to conduct their services online only. No one knew how long […]

Locals celebrate Festival of Joy

Locals celebrate Festival of Joy

Imagine dwelling in a tent for seven days in your front yard for the sole reason of bringing glory to God and remembering how His people dwelt in temporary dwellings in the wilderness for 40 years. This is an observance of the Jewish people during the season of Sukkot. Sukkot, or the feast of tabernacles […]

‘Broken chicks’ to have new home in Navarre

‘Broken chicks’ to have new home in Navarre

“I have been waiting to be able to write this for quite a while now,” April Fisher wrote in the Grace’s Place September newsletter, “and finally I can joyfully say, WE HAVE A HOUSE!” Fisher’s excitement in finding a home for this self-described ministry to “broken chicks,” is fueled by her deep gratitude to God […]

Goodbye, Jack!

Goodbye, Jack!

Three, sharp rifle reports broke the morning calm causing a solitary hawk to take wing over Santa Rosa Sound then loop back to a copse of trees as the melancholy notes of “Taps” rose from a lone bugler. A small group watched from a distance, some with hands over their hearts. A curious neighbor watching the proceedings from over the fence raised his arm into a salute. Family and friends had gathered at the Beach House at Holley […]

Community Life Church blesses backpacks

Community Life Church blesses backpacks

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Community Life Church (CLC) held its annual Blessing of the Backpacks, but this year’s event was markedly different. “In the past, Blessing of the Backpacks took place in church on Sundays,” said Kristen McGrew, CLC’s Director of Children’s Ministry. “The children would be given a special backpack tag, and would, as […]

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 […]