1972-2015: Forty-three years of ‘Beach Worship’
|Members of the “Beach Worship” congregation wait their turn to take communion in the early years when services were held on the beach at Stingray Point next to the Old Red Barn at the end of Route 33.|
by Christie Jenkins
It’s hard to believe that “Beach Worship” has been held every summer since June, 1972! This service was started by Pastor Chuck Moody of Zoar Baptist Church. He approached the church with his vision to start a beach ministry for anyone to attend during the summer months.
“In the beginning, the service was held right on the beach at Stingray Point next to the Old Red Barn at the end of Route 33,” said Betty Johnson, a native of Deltaville and a longtime member of Zoar.
Worship services were held at the Stingray Point Beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day until the property was sold in 1998. Betty and Walter Harrow spent months looking for a new location for the beach ministry.
Walter remembers they drove to see property along Speck Lane, close to the original location on the beach. “We looked around and saw that it was already cleared with a beautiful view of the Rappahannock and the bay,” he said. “We knew that it was owned by Mr. Albert Morris so I called him. He said he had been waiting for my call!”
Zoar Church most recently purchased the beach property and has used it for baptisms of new members.
Worship at the beach starts at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday through Labor Day. In case of rain, services will be held at Zoar.
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