Christian Chronicle

I’m going to Disney church!

I’m going to Disney church!: A Florida ministry serves vacationing Christians with a Sunday assembly at an Orlando-area hotel (reporting from Kissimmee, Fla.). Second Front.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — At a hotel a mile west of Walt Disney World’s main gate on U.S. Highway 192, aspiring princesses and little boys with Mickey Mouse ears fill up on scrambled eggs and cereal on a Sunday morning.

In a banquet room next to the breakfast buffet, children and parents in shorts and tennis shoes gather to worship God before spending the day at Epcot, Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld or Universal Studios.

A sign in the lobby of the Baymont Inn & Suites lets guests know that the weekly service of the Maingate Church of Christ starts at 9 a.m.

“It’s nondenominational,” one of the handful of permanent members tells a tourist from Scotland who inquires about the assembly. “Come on in.”

A 7-year-old ministry of the Concord Street Church of Christ in nearby Orlando, the Maingate church offers vacationing Christians a convenient place to sing and pray.

Churches cross racial divide as they serve: In Houston, black, white, Hispanic congregations organize citywide campaign (reporting from Houston). Page 1 lead.

In Detroit, unity efforts making steady progress. Page 1 sidebar.

Digital vs. print: Readers weigh in on Bible choices. Inside Story.

Why racial unity matters. Editorial.

This post highlights my stories in the October 2012 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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