Thrive Metropolitan Community Church, a church that welcomes everyone
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Doors open to everyone. It is the foundation of a church in Tallahassee.
In a small square off Apalachee Parkway, a choir of believers fills the room as they worship God.
For the pastor of Prosperous Metropolitan Community Church Christy Temples, this place is unique compared to other churches she has known.
“At a very young age, I started working with the children’s church,” said Pastor Temples. “And then I taught Sunday school, then I became a youth pastor. I was worship leader for a while, so I handled all the music, then I got out and when I went out, this church turned its back on me. “
Pastor Temples said his experience is common.
Thrive’s LGBTQ plus members were also not accepted by mainstream churches.
In 1992, Thrive, known at the time as Gentle Shepard, opened its doors.
It follows the theology of the Metropolitan Community, that which opens its doors to all horizons.
“I needed to find this community of people who were like me but also knew that Holy wasn’t going to just throw them aside because they were different,” said Livette Nazario, singer of Thrive MCC.
For members of this church, coming to terms with one’s sexuality while feeling loved and accepted by God is a long journey.
“I had to know that I felt peace with God. I lived by a lake, ”said Marcy MacDonell, Treasurer of Thrive MCC. “I went out and I sat on the platform, I spoke to God. And this major peace came over me and it never left me. I did not doubt for a minute that God loved me. as I am. “
Pastor Temples encourages members to understand if they have been rejected.
“These are people who did that… it wasn’t God,” Temples said.
“If you have a family that won’t accept, you have Thrive here,” said Derek Cordero, member of Thrive MCC. “And we are all welcoming and we would love to have you!”
Thrive MCC is located at 2720 Apalachee Parkway.
If you want to attend their service, it starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
If you don’t feel comfortable going in person, you can watch it live on their Facebook group page: Thrive MCC.
Other welcoming churches in Tallahassee are: