The land behind the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church was once full of overgrown kudzu, snakes, and other vermin; but now it full of people, pistols, and Bibles.
When local church attendees were thinking of what to do with the land behind the church after it was cleared, the though of having a gun range came up.
“We had quite a number of church members, some elderly ladies, for example, and some not so elderly women that had purchased guns, but didn’t know how to use them,” Guin said.
It started initially as teaching pistol safety to a small group of people. After a short time there was another thought, how about a ministry for the people at a gun range?
There were many hunters and gun enthusiasts that expressed interest, and now that small group of people has grown into the Rocky Mount Hunt and Gun Club. It is also a draw to welcome visitors to the church.
“This is an opportunity for us to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ in a setting that is completely unique. Even odd by some people’s standards. But who’s to say that church can’t happen right here,” Guin said, pointing at the red clay dirt of the range.
As of a few days ago there was only church members in the club. There is a great deal of interest from the people in the surrounding community as the church staff and members have answered a great deal of calls regarding the Club.
Now the Jemison Police Department has taken it up as a favorite place to go and practice.They are there on a regular schedule and offer training to the public now.
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