New Windsor church open to all
July 17, 2010
In December, the Rev. David Samples decided to start a church in Windsor. Samples and the others envisioned a new kind of church, a safe place for anyone to come just as they are. And so Grace River Church was born.
“I like the concept that it’s a church that reaches out to those who are broken and hurting,” said Amy Fulton, a Windsor resident and a church member.
The church has yet to find a permanent home, though.
“We don’t call ourselves homeless, we prefer to say we are nomadic,” Fulton said.
The 67 founding members first started meeting in a coffeeshop. Then they met at a church in Windsor, the former Holy Cross Lutheran, for four months, but another church took over the lease. So now each Sunday at 10 a.m., the church members gather at the gazebo in Windsor Main Park.
Aside from one rainy relocation to Mark’s Funeral Home, the arrangement has worked out well. Joey Scott, the church’s youth group leader, said the outdoor services bring a different element to it.
“It still feels like church, but you don’t feel like you’re being held down or confined,” he said. “We don’t just have to sit there and be bored to tears listening to an ancient sermon.”
Samples said he wanted to create a different kind of church. He had been affiliated with the Baptist church, but Grace River is not yet affiliated with any denomination.
“Our goal is just to be a safe place where people can come and find hope and healing,” he said.
Grace River Church is looking for its next indoor location, though. Its members hope to move into a school this fall, once they find the right building.