The Gathering Place UMC, a new congregation in the Moody area experiencing tremendous growth, will launch an additional Sunday morning service on April 1, 2012, to add room for more people to be a part of the congregation and to alleviate worship, parking and childcare congestion.
“God has truly blessed us! We have a great team whose number one goal is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to this community and to the world,” says pastor Rev Matt Scott. “Our congregation truly believes that they have been called to join God in ministry and they are openly enthusiastic about playing their part in this ministry of reconciliation.”
The Gathering Place UMC was planted in January of 2011 by a team of enthusiastic church planters lead by Rev Matt Scott.
After experiencing much growth throughout the summer of 2011, the congregation decided to leave Moody High School, where they were holding weekly worship services, and renovate a 16,000 square foot building located in the heart of Moody.
On November 6, 2011, they opened the doors of the new facility and quickly grew to a Sunday morning worship attendance of 250 people.
“We anticipated growth with the opening of our new facility, but did not expect the growth to happen so rapidly,” Rev. Scott says.
The Gathering Place UMC now averages approximately 375-400 people for Sunday morning worship and has 150-200 people participating in small groups during the week.
Cheaha District Superintendent Rev. Sherill Clontz says, “I’m very excited about what God is doing at The Gathering Place! They are growing by leaps and bounds resulting in the need for a second service. In a little over a year, The Gathering Place has grown into the third largest worshipping congregation in the Cheaha District.”
Rev. Scott adds, “God is so good. He has given us everything that we have needed exactly when we needed it! We are humbled to be a part of this movement in the Moody/Leeds area and we look forward to what He has in store for us in the years to come.”