photo stories: Prayers and Processions: prayers_20

Stephanie Goetsch clamps the cloth between her teeth and curls her newborn tight.A scattering of circular tables dots the gym floor and four basketball goals frame the sidelines. It's almost time for church.“We started the church in September and he (Luke) was born in October,” Goetsch says. “He's the first lifetime member. In fact, he's automatically a member because we are.”The 26-year-old attends The Gathering United Methodist Church, a burgeoning congregation that meets in the gym of Courthouse Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. It holds two services a week and targets young adults.{quote}We like it because it's more family oriented,” Goetsch says. “Because it's a new church, we have more input into how things are.”

Stephanie Goetsch clamps the cloth between her teeth and curls her newborn tight. 

A scattering of circular tables dots the gym floor and four basketball goals frame the sidelines.  

It's almost time for church. 

“We started the church in September and he (Luke) was born in October,” Goetsch says. “He's the first lifetime member. In fact, he's automatically a member because we are.” 

The 26-year-old attends The Gathering United Methodist Church, a burgeoning congregation that meets in the gym of Courthouse Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach. It holds two services a week and targets young adults. 

"We like it because it's more family oriented,” Goetsch says. “Because it's a new church, we have more input into how things are.”