Alabama church opens gun range min­istry to reach out ‘in the name of Je­sus Christ’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - - Adam Ganucheau

An Alabama con­gre­ga­tion has gone from Bi­bles to bul­lets. The Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemi­son, Ala., has con­verted an over­grown gully be­hind their prop­erty into a gun range min­istry.

Pas­tor Phillip Guin and parish­ioners orig­i­nally turned the kudzu-cov­ered patch that housed snakes and rats into a range to help teach firearm se­cu­rity.

The safety train­ing led to the cre­ation of the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club, in an ef­fort to bring more mem­bers to the church.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for us to reach out in the name of Je­sus Christ in a set­ting that is com­pletely unique”, Guin told WIAT News.

“Even odd by some peo­ple’s stan­dards. But who’s to say that church can’t hap­pen right here?”

Guin says many con­gre­gants are hun­ters or gun en­thu­si­asts — and they want to welcome more mem­bers. “Re­ally, the whole pur­pose of this range is to pro­vide recre­ational and gun safety in a warm, lov­ing, Chris­tian en­vi­ron­ment,” re­ported UPI. com.

“We wanted to come up with some dif­fer­ent ideas to help our church grow, and we thought this would be a unique min­istry to of­fer to the com­mu­nity.

“We found a use for the small ‘Grand Canyon’ be­hind our church, and turned it into some­thing that is pretty cool.”

The range has also be­come a fa­vorite of the Jemi­son Po­lice Depart­ment, who train there regularly and of­fer train­ing pro­grams to the public.

Plans are al­ready in the works for another train­ing ses­sion in Oc­to­ber.

The Rocky Mount United Methodist Church in Jemi­son, Ala., has in­stalled a gun range in an

over­grown gully be­hind the church.

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