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Chapel by the Sea to resume worship services for season

By CHAPEL BY THE SEA - | Nov 3, 2020


On Nov. 8, Sunday services will resume at the Chapel by the Sea for the 72nd season.

The Rev. Larry Marshall invites all to attend the inter-denominational worship, which will be held weekly at 11 a.m. through the end of April. He and his wife, Rosie, are marking their second year of a three-year ministry with the chapel.

Lying along the Gulf of Mexico, the chapel’s setting and style opens possibilities for connections that are deep and nurturing. The gentle breezes off the water, soaring ospreys and sea gulls, gathering of people from different states, countries and faith traditions, and sounds of sacred music all contribute to the soul-inspiring and spiritually uplifting experience.

The chapel is said by many to be, in the words of Celtic spirituality, a “thin place” where God is uniquely present. It is not just a cute little church, “It is a place where God lives.”

In light of COVID-19, the following safety measures will be in place:

PHOTO PROVIDED The Rev. Larry L. Marshall and his wife, Rosemary

– Worship services will be held outside.

– Masks will be required before, during and after service.

– Chairs will be strategically placed to achieve social distancing.

– Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the grounds.

– The Order of Worship and Hymns (not hymnals) will be handed out.

– There will be no organized fellowship time after service.

– On Saturdays, a service will be videotaped and then made available online on Sunday for those unable to attend in-person. To view the weekly service, visit www.captivachapel.com.

– During the week, access to visiting inside the chapel will be limited to ensure social distancing.

With services resuming, the chapel is open daily for visitors. Learn how the early-1900s schoolhouse became a chapel. In 2015, The Chapel Cemetery and The Captiva School/Chapel by the Sea were recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

The chapel is a mission church, offering support to not-for-profits locally and worldwide. Nearly half of its offerings go to support: Glad Kids Early Learning Center, Community Cooperative, ECHO, El Hogar, Trailways Camps Legacy Fund and The Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Community Housing and Resources, Quality Life Center and The South Fort Myers Food Pantry.

For more information, call 239-472-1646 or visit online at www.captivachapel.com. People can also follow the chapel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Captiva-Chapel-By-The-Sea.

The Captiva Chapel by the Sea is at 11580 Chapin Lane, Captiva.