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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 4:18pm
Most people go to church in their Sunday best, but a Virginia congregation doesn't focus on those material things.
They say they worship the way god brought us into this world: naked.
This is a congregation that often worships the same way God brought them into the world, unadorned, and unashamedly, naked. This however, is February, so on this Sunday morning, parishioners are in various states of undress. Some nude, some fully clothed, others topless.
But it's not about the clothes, or lack thereof. Pastor Allen Parker is here to bare he soul to Christ, and lead his flock down that path of righteousness, no matter what they have on.
"He told them all he could tell them, he showed them what they could be shown" Allen recites to his congregation.
Every Sunday, in the front few rows of the White Tail Chapel, you'll find Katie and Robert Church. Katie wasn't a nudist when they first met, but quickly fell in love with both Robert and this resort, they married here and now have their own weekend get-away on premises.
This Church has given them a sense of Christian community and they say it's without any of the pretense of a traditional church.
"Once we were married, and we were here, this whole place became our family. I feel like I can turn to anyone in this church - or even this park - and they will be there to help me." Katie said.
Robert Church added "People are more open, as far as hearing the word of God, and listening to the preacher speaking the word of God."
If you think anyone here finds church attendance titillating, you'd be wrong. They're here to find inner-peace, and Pastor Parker believes that starts with accepting themselves.
Parker said "There's not a feeling that you have to be better than one another, physically. We're humans, we have scars, we have what we have...it's learning to Love and accept that."
"There are people with great means...great wealth, and there's people that don't...but you wouldn't know, and everybody treats everybody --- equally." said Robert Church.
This church sits on the grounds of the White Tail Nudist Resort. In the winter, the Sunday service is barely half full, but in the summer, it's standing room only.