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Church on the Beach welcomes one and all

Crystal Beach. No, I am not writing about the amusement park, which closed in 1989. Nor am I writing about the beautiful south-facing sandy beach. Crystal Beach has something new to offer.

These days, most of us are seeing our church attendance dwindling. Not at Crystal Beach. Four years ago, with the help of Kingdom Bound, Neil Boron and many others, Church on the Beach was founded. It has grown in leaps and bounds. Last year, the average attendance was 230 for each of the nine weeks. This year, an additional week was added. On June 29, more than 300 people attended the first of 10 non-denominational services. They come in their bathing suits, shorts or other casual attire, bringing their chairs, blankets and sand toys for the kids.

Each week, a different speaker and musician offer up a one-hour service starting at 9 a.m. No offering is taken. Free books, water and coffee are available. On July 6, Jill and Erin Kelly spoke to an estimated 500 people at Church on the Beach. Our prayers go out to all those involved in bringing God to Crystal Beach. View more at churchonthebeach.ca/

Dick Potts

(The coffee man)

Crystal Beach, Ont.