Community Life United Methodist Church

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday?

When I was still a rookie in ministry, every year as Easter approached, I found myself intrigued by a local United Methodist Church’s newspaper ad for their Maundy Thursday service. “What is Maundy Thursday?” I would mutter to myself. The name sounded odd to me and, for no reason at all, strangely sad. Read the […]

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Navarre and Gulf Breeze teens of Community Life Church will be leaving the comfort of home this July to spread the gospel in impoverished areas of the Central American nation of Belize. But they have to pay for it first. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Local stars sparkle at a Night to Shine

Local stars sparkle at a Night to Shine

The sleek, stretch limousine glides silently out of the velvet night to a gentle stop and an elegantly dressed couple emerges to enthusiastic cheers breaking out from the eager crowd lining the long, red carpet. As the couple passed through the crowd in regal fashion the celebration swells to a roar bringing appreciative smiles to […]

A gift to the community

A gift to the community

Walking into the main entrance of Community Life Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze and seeing the large gymnasium with basketball courts right off the main foyer you might wonder, “Is this a community center?” “People from the community come in to use the gym and soon notice things like the crosses on the walls,” says […]

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

Protesters call for Williamson to get the boot

While District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson held an invitation-only meet and greet with supporters at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill early Monday morning, residents of Navarre stood outside in the rain waving signs calling for the incumbent to be ousted from office. Williamson is seeking re-election to the commission seat representing the Navarre area against […]

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

Arc of South Santa Rosa officially opened its doors to dozens of special needs adults seeking services in Navarre and Gulf Breeze with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 2. The event last week came seven months after Arc Gateway announced the decision to open south Santa Rosa County’s first day center for adults with intellectual […]

Prom dresses ‘Fit for a Queen’

Prom dresses ‘Fit for a Queen’

Prom can be expensive. Between tickets, outfits, “promprosals,” dinner and more, the average American teen will dish out more than $600 on the event according to Yahoo! Lifestyle. A prom dress alone averages between $100 and $400, according to Promgirl.com. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre’s exceptional adults get a Night to Shine

Navarre’s exceptional adults get a Night to Shine

Cameras flashed as the crowd clapped and cheered along a red carpet to welcome some very special VIPs to Community Life United Methodist Church Friday night. Women asked for autographs, and children asked for high fives as upbeat music played. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

‘Every girl wants to be Cinderella’

When Community Life United Methodist Church opens its doors for the second annual Night to Shine, hundreds of people with special needs will take part in a unique prom experience. Limousine rides, make-over stations, paparazzi and, of course, plenty of dancing will fill the night of Feb. 9 with fun. At the end of the […]

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

It started as five parents with a common need: support for their special-needs young adults who had aged out of high school. They were faced with providing 24/7 care for their adult children in an area where resources were nonexistent. To find a place for their children, they would have to travel to Milton, Fort […]

Night to Shine coming for year two

Night to Shine coming for year two

Instead of quiet church pews, Community Life United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze will be packed with sparkling dresses, tailored tuxedos and dancing people Feb. 9, 2018, for the second annual Night to Shine. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation. These dances, offered at roughly 500 church locations […]

Top 5 Events This Week

Top 5 Events This Week

Dec. 1 Holiday Dance The Community Life United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Dr., is hosting a holiday dance for persons with special abilities, 16 and older. The dance provides adults with disabilities an evening to gather for community while caregivers enjoy a night out. Each event is comprised of entertainment, dancing and refreshments. RSVP at https://fridaydanceclc.weebly.com/. For additional questions, email fridaydanceclc@gmail.com. […]

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Good news for exceptional adults in south county

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Gulf Breeze and Navarre could have a day facility as early as January after The Arc Gateway approved funding in its 2018 budget to open and operate such a program. The Arc Gateway CEO Missy Rogers confirmed the plans. “With great excitement, I can confirm that The Arc […]

Prayer labyrinth

Prayer labyrinth

They tread silently, one foot in front of the other. Only crickets and the occasional laughter of a child can be heard. The path winds left then right, then right and left in a seemingly endless circuit as the walkers give prayers and thanks. This is a tradition thousands of years old: a prayer labyrinth. […]

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Mi Familia club mixes volleyball with life lessons

Jason Rangel and his wife Carolina both love volleyball and have always thought of starting a club of their own. When they moved to Navarre from Japan, where Jason was stationed with the Air Force for five years, they saw an opportunity to do it after a short time coaching at another volleyball club. “We […]

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and festivities

Easter egg hunts and family friendly activities will be going on in Navarre and surrounding areas this weekend and next weekend. Listed below are some of the events taking place.   April  8 Community Spring Fling Families First Network hosts a community spring fling on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the […]

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting strengthens relationship with God

Fasting, or the practice of giving up food items for religious purposes while praying regularly, is referenced throughout the Bible as a way to get closer to God. The practice has evolved over the years into several different varieties, and is not always limited to food, but the goal is always the same. Read the […]

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

Santa Rosa’s only exceptional adult training center set to shut doors

A decision by the Santa Rosa County Circuit Court that could doom the efforts of ARC of the Emerald Coast to support adults with special needs in Santa Rosa County has been pushed back to Jan. 6. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has moved to seize the building and vehicles owned by […]

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Night to Shine for exceptional adults comes to Navarre

Navarre’s exceptional adults will have the opportunity to “shine” Feb. 10, 2017, at Night to Shine Prom at Community Life United Methodist Church. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation to give those with special needs a prom experience. Event marketing committee chair for the event Amie Williamson said […]

Exceptional program for exceptional adults

Exceptional program for exceptional adults

Record numbers of exceptional adults, volunteers and caregivers danced the night away Friday, July 29, at the Dance for All Caregiver’s Night Out event hosted by Hope that HEALS in the Community Life United Methodist Church gymnasium. Started in Nov. 2013, Hope that HEALS is a nonprofit volunteer-run organization that provides support, education and activities […]

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life Church launches with a mission

Community Life United Methodist Church, once known as the Soundside Campus of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, now stands on its own as a new church serving both Navarre and Gulf Breeze communities. “We are very grateful for the hearts of the people at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church for their willingness to allow us […]

Polling location irregularities reported

Polling location irregularities reported

Navarre resident and designated Donald Trump Campaign poll watcher Ricky DeSantis alleges many anomalies occurred on Election Day, March 15. He said individuals moved No Campaigning Beyond This Point sign boundaries beyond 100 feet and removed, stole or destroyed Ted Cruz and Donald J. Trump signs while allowing Bernie Sanders signs to remain. Read the […]

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 February Business of the Month

Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Announces 2016 February  Business of the Month

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber has announced Edward Jones Investments – Jeremy Carver as the Chamber’s Business of the Month for February 2016. Edward Jones Investments – Jeremy Carver is led by a relative newcomer to our community.  He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Alabama Business School.  Rather than pursue a career with his degree, […]