A Whole New Church


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CLEAR LAKE, IA – As a growing number of young people turn away from faith and religion a local group is finding a new way to bring them back.

“Remix 316” in Clear Lake is geared toward teens.

They combine bible scripture with current events in the hopes of better relating to those who are aged 13 to 18.

One coordinator says it’s less about any specific denomination and more about helping young people understand their own faith at their own pace.

“We hope that Remix can be a time for them to center. A time for them to come back and really focus on God, focus on Christ and try to also instill a service mentality. To go out into the community and tell about God and become stronger in their faith. It’s a safe place,” said Chris Phalen of Clear Lake.

The group will continue to meet every Sunday at First Congregational Church in Clear Lake.

They say all are welcome, regardless of faith background.

“We’re trying to make it clear that we’re not out to replace or to change. It’s just a supplement, it’s just another way. We’re trying to be contemporary, really meet the youth where they are, wherever they’re coming from. There isn’t any judgment here, there isn’t any agenda here, it’s just something new,” said Phalen.

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