New church affiliated with First United Methodist opens inside Westside Elementary School
Partnering with First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, The Gathering Place will host its first weekly in-person service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the cafeteria and auditorium of Westside Elementary School, at 1700 Fifth St., Daytona Beach.
Amy Armistead, the head pastor at The Gathering Place, was formerly a pastor in Alabama for two years before she moved to Florida to pursue her passion in “visioning a new church,” she says.
Last summer, The Gathering Place worshiped at Tomoka State Park for their Kayaks and Communion services. The church continues to host monthly hikes at local parks all over Volusia and Flagler counties.
“We want to be out in the community, and the church can be wherever the people are,” says Armistead.
At Westside Elementary, The Gathering Place offers a new campus for First United Methodist Church, “one church family with two unique identities,” says Armistead.
She hopes to create a welcoming atmosphere, where people can “grow in their faith.” The weekly services will be open for anyone in the community to share their testimonies and to share communion.
The church hopes to have a food truck as well.
Visit www.thegatheringplaceumc.org for more information. The church also is collecting canned goods for the food pantry for Westside Elementary School.