February From The Director

YMCA Community of Faith

The YMCA has three key pillars that drive our mission and determine how we can best influence our community: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. While our community and members may readily recognize us supporting healthy living and youth development through our wellness centers and out of school care, many may not realize that the YMCA of Northwest Florida also provides partnerships to aid in faith groups for members and guests within our branch locations. Under our third pillar, social responsibility, these are some examples of how we are emphasizing the “C” in YMCA- putting Christian principles into practice.

At the Bear Levin Studer Branch, we offer “spiritual vitamins” for our members. The US Mission Network provides a monthly theme with encouraging Bible verses and inspirational quotes. You can take one of these printed scriptures or quotes from a variety of locations throughout the facility, or you can view them on our digital screens. Feed your spirit today by picking up a “spiritual vitamin.”

Also at the Bear Levin Studer Y, all are invited to attend Family Dinners Church led by Pastor Karlis Burton. Every Sunday afternoon at 3:30 pm the Bear Levin Studer YMCA Greenhut Multipurpose Room is host to 50 or more men, women and children (Y members and the community at large) who attend Family Dinners Church. They gather for a meal, praise and worship, and a message brought by Karlis Burton, Lead Pastor. “The remainder of the time is spent getting to know our neighbors and friends,” says Pastor Burton. “Building community.”

If you love basketball, we invite you to be a part of something new and different at our Northeast YMCA location. Join us every Tuesday at 6 pm for Hoops Church gathering. Hoops Church is a church plant of Ensley Church of the Nazarene in partnership with the Northeast Y. Open to all ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian), Hoops Church is a unique gathering of God’s people. Our mission is to connect people to the love and hope of Jesus Christ through basketball.

Pickup games, contests, and/or tournaments begin every Tuesday at 6 pm. Half-time services begin at 7 pm and conclude around 7:45 pm. Services include prayer, preaching, Bible study, worship, and testimonials. Come join us for this unique weekly connection to each other and to God.

The Pullum Family YMCA is host to The Bethel Community Church on Sunday mornings. The church and Pullum have shared a partnership of bringing Christian faith to the Navarre community for many years. The Bethel Community Worship Center provides a program that includes biblical principles for Christian living, good music and songs of worship, and words of inspiration. “I believe that physical health and fitness begins with a healthy spirit,” shares Pastor Franklin Alexander. “While physical fitness concentrates on the cardiovascular and muscular systems, spiritual fitness ensures the mental and emotional readiness and resiliency it takes for healthy living. “

You’re invited to join this community of faith for services on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am with the main program time of 10:30-11:30 am. Get spiritually fit for everyday living!

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.