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