River of Life LaFayette has begun holding services at the Skate N Play skate center, which has quickly become a popular spot for local youth to congregate.
River of Life pastor Rich Huff said of his decision to hold his services at the location, The youth of LaFayette is our target, so what better place is there to begin reaching them?
Following a very popular and growing trend in alternative Christian ministries, this new church plans to step outside the die that has been cast by traditional churches. It hopes to draw young people and their families that are often regarded as being on the cuff of the socially accepted.
We intend to minister to everybody from every walk of life, regardless of social standing or color or age, Huff said. Our goal is to bring a message of love, faith, hope and healing to the people of LaFayette.
Rex Ellison, owner of the Skate N Play on Ga. 136, said it has always been his intention to reach out to the young people of LaFayette. This opportunity with the church is simply another example of his desire, he said.
Huff said services began July 13 at the center. It currently has about 17 members.
River of Life LaFayette is the 11th church of its type that has been sent out by River of Life Church in Rossville.
For more information about the River of Life church in LaFayette, call Rich Huff at (423) 596-7034.
River of Life Church of Rossville is a charismatic, Word of Faith congregation that is affiliated with the Assembly of God.
However, Huff described the LaFayette congregation as being non-denominational and interracial.
The furthest congregation our church has sent out is located in Gallop, New Mexico, Huff said. We also have a congregation located in Burton, Alabama, but the rest of the churches are located in the Chattanooga area.
Huff said that he and his family have been attending services at the Rossville campus of River of Life Church for the past 18 years.
I served there as the pastoral care minister for the last seven years, Huff said. But Ive been involved in praise and worship and have also worked in the nursery and have also pitched in with custodial duties.
Huff said that he was actually sent to the city of LaFayette about four years ago by his church.
I am from Chickamauga so this is really a part of my home, Huff said. We came here in the beginning just holding a prayer service at the LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department on Thursday nights. We were simply praying for the city and its leaders.
Huff said he desired to begin a new church in the area but had not found that right location for it until he met with Ellison and the two decided the Skate N Play complex would be the ideal location.
Huff said of his initial contact with Ellison, Rex loved the idea and was all for it. He had been for God to send someone to start a work like this at his site, and so there we were.
Huff said the church will hold one service per week on Sundays at 10 a.m. at the Skate N Play center, with hopes of expanding the number of its services as the church grows.
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