For three decades, from November to March, the Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis, Fla., has offered Sunday worship service for travelers from all over the U.S. and Canada, the Daily Commercial of Leesburg reported.
Sunday’s 10 a.m. service was the last of the 30th season, with a closing service and communion in the park’s fellowship hall, led by the Rev. Charles Granger, 82, of DeLand. An average of 150 to 200 people — just about all of the RVers — have attended on Sundays over the years.
“I love meeting such a wonderful group of people, a cross-section of Americana and the number of Canadians who come down here, too,” Granger said.
Christmas Eve is one of the biggest services, along with a memorial service on the first Sunday in February. “We memorialize all of the people who have died the previous year who were a part of this fellowship here,” the pastor said.
“They call it a church, but there is no membership,” Granger said of the services at the resort, located near Lake County Fairgrounds. “This is just people coming together.”
Granger recalled the park belonged to the city of Eustis before it was sold to individuals who owned parks all over the country. Granger had been serving as interim pastor at the First Baptist Church in Eustis when he was asked if he could preach at the RV park.
“My first Sunday, 82 people were sitting here,” Granger said. “And what they told me was 80 percent of the people who were here for that service did not go to church anywhere on Sunday. I came back the next Sunday and we had 150 or so.”
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