It started back in 2004 in England as many of the churches were dying there. A group of people got together and began taking “the church” to different places. That became what’s known as “The movement” has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US and there is a great effort here in the North Central District to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ.
Now we are trying to bring the church to nursing homes, independent living facilities and other places. Our program is called “HUGS!” There are about 27 nursing homes and 37 senior living communities in The Villages alone. We are also reaching out children in the Wildwood area, with Jill Beck leading the way with “Connect.” We visit several area senior facilities in the immediate area.