The Gathering offers Sandestin a place to worship


Nearly 400 worshipers gathered Easter Sunday at The Gathering in Sandestin.

Special to The Sun
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

Sunday worship can be held anywhere — on a beach, in a theater, or in the Terrace Room of the Linkside Conference Center in the Sandestin Resort.

A non-denominational worship service that began Oct. 30, 2011, The Gathering meets every Sunday in the Terrace Room.

After singing for several years at the Seaside Chapel, David Seering and Jay Stone saw a need to provide a service for not only locals, but also visitors to the resort.

"We both knew that there was no church in Sandestin and owners and renters there usually searched the local community to find one," Stone told The Sun. "We just felt that a resort this size should have church worship services."

After Stone discussed the idea with Sandestin management, The Gathering opened on a weekly basis in a small ballroom.

"We are paying tenants, but they have been most supportive in every way," Stone said. "We started with David's singing and playing and visiting ministers for the first few months.  Eventually, we talked Billy Gray into being our regular Sunday minister."

A group of 70-100 gathers each week at the mainstream Christian worship service, where more than 400 attended Easter Sunday services this year.

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