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New Church in Fuquay-Varina Aimed at Generation X

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RALEIGH — There is a new generation of worshipers in Fuquay-Varina, and Gateway Community Church is trying to draw them in.

"Coming to Gateway, we get to be real with God," says member Michael Ramsey. "There is nothing to hinder worship."

Gateway Community is a non-denominational church aimed at Generation X, 18 to 35 year olds, who are looking for a new way worship. At this church, holy is hip.

"I brought my boyfriend here, and he has really become in touch with God," says Aria Proctor. "No fire and brimstone here; They have a real soft spirit. Kids our age can relate to that."

No robed choirs and organs here. Instead, a band plays and tough topics such as AIDS, money, and sex are all open for discussion.

"It is different because of our pastor," says Janet Williams. "He speaks today's language and does not preach at you. He talks with you."

Fuquay-Varina Methodist Church members thought it would be a good idea to launch a new church aimed at a younger crowd. By the looks of the way this congregation is growing, young people are listening.


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