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The church at the beach

Posted by on Aug 20, 2008 in edification, gathering | 5 comments

This week our church is not meeting in the Cotton Company reception room like we normally do on Sundays. Instead, we’re driving down to Wrightsville Beach, NC Sunday morning and spending the day at the beach together (August 24). This will not be the first time that we’ve met in an “unusual” location. We’ve met at a campground (after camping all weekend), at a lakeside pavilion, and in someone’s home. But, this will be our first trip to the beach.

I’m looking forward to hearing from my brothers and sisters in Christ that day. Something special often happens when we meet somewhere besides our “usual” location. I don’t know whether people are more comfortable with one another or whether they do not feel the setting is as “formal”. But, when we meet somewhere other than our usual place, people are normally more likely to exhort the group and share what God has been doing in their lives.

If you are near Wrightsville Beach, NC, and if you’d like to get together with us Sunday morning, send me an email (my email address is at the top right of this blog). I’d love to meet you there and get to know you better.

(I have to admit that I’m also looking forward to eating ribs at Sticky Fingers in Wilmington on the way home Sunday evening!)


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  1. 8-20-2008

    I am hoping to do the same at my local fellowship. There is a really nice park next with a pavillion and little league type benches around it. It is in the heart of the hood bro. Right beside a cementary with basketball goals and all. This has been on my heart for a while now.

  2. 8-20-2008

    The summer is our move around time.

    We did the month of July in our home and with kids meeting in a home next door to us.

    Last week we were at the lake, this week we are camping, and the next 2 weeks we are in the city park.

    I like to say that if people are able to find us, they are welcome to worship 🙂

  3. 8-20-2008


    Jet lag would be the killer for me:)

  4. 8-20-2008

    the beach and ribs … what a combo

  5. 8-20-2008


    Great! I hope you write about it.

    Joe (J.R.),

    I think camping has been my favorite. We’ve camped all weekend three times, with people coming to the campsite whenever possible. Some camped two nights; some camped one night; some just came down during the day. These were incredible times of fellowship and growth.

    Aussie John,

    Well, maybe next time we can meet at a beach closer to you. Does anyone know of discount (free) airline tickets to Australia?


    Amen! A holy combo.