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The Gathering | 10:01 a.m. at 1001 Florida Ave

Our church community is for people seeking spiritual connection in a non-traditional church setting, for those not interested in or dissatisfied with traditional church expressions, and for those who want to make a difference in the community and put God’s real love in action. We are a community of Hyde Park United Methodist. Join us at 10:01 a.m. at 1001 N. Florida Ave.                  Our community statement is below.

The Gathering: 10:01 a.m. at 1001 N. Florida Ave.

Weekly Time: 10:01 a.m. at 1001 N. Florida Ave. and lasts 1 hour.

How can I be involved? The Gathering is community/volunteer led, which means the musicians, tech, meditation, hospitality, and serve teams are servant volunteers. There is a place for you. Send an email Contact@ThePortico.org or fill out the info at https://theportico.org/contact.

Who’s it for?: People seeking spiritual connection in a non-traditional setting, or who have struggled with church or never connected with a worship community in the past. They could be new and long-time followers of Jesus, people in recovery, those who might need recovery, others struggling with faith, agnostics, skeptics, and people exploring the idea of a higher power. We are about reaching new people in new ways.

Purpose: To Make God's Love Real through conversation, connection, and community change through worship in a non-conventional way (scripture, meditation, testimony, serving, and knees under tables). We are creating a multi-cultural gathering and connection of faith backgrounds, ages, races, and socio-economic situations.

Gathering Format: There's music, meditation, and conversation around a scripture. Once a month there will be a meal together (potluck/brunch). Once a month there is a Community Meal with people experiencing homelessness.

NOTE: While there isn't a traditional sermon, there is short message by the clergy. God speaks through our conversations around the tables as well as the large group discussion

Children: Portico Kids will have engaging activities that include meditation/yoga and scripture where kids can grow and have fun. Kids are also welcome in the gathering. Staff and volunteers are background checked and screened.

Clergy: Rev Justin will lead and plan this Gathering with the Portico Leadership Team; and be present the majority of Sundays. Occasionally he will preach at the Hyde Park location.

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Community Meal on 2nd Sunday 

Immediately after The Gathering on the 2nd Sunday, the community hosts a meal and fellowship with people who are hungry or who are experiencing homelessness.
Every 2nd Sunday of the Month. Email  Contact@ThePortico.org for more information.
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COMMUNITY STATEMENT

Our church community is diverse. It includes people from different backgrounds and faith traditions. There are folks in recovery, those who might need recovery, other struggling with faith, new and long-time followers of Jesus, agnostics, skeptics, and people exploring the idea of a higher power. Many are seeking spiritual connection in a non-traditional setting, or have been dissatisfied with, or burned in the past by a church.

We agree not to make assumptions about others and challenge ourselves to be open and sensitive. We don't assume fluency in the Bible and do our best to explain churchy jargon and language.

We gather to build relationships in this Sunday gathering through conversation, contemplative practice, and authenticity. We gather in groups throughout the week and intentionally serve the city and world in ways that address equality, housing insecurity, and economic challenge.

We do all of this because we have come to find that the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. And as such, we strive together to Make God’s Love Real to others through Conversation, Connection, and Community Change.

The Rev. Justin LaRosa

Justin LaRosa is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, a licensed clinical social worker, a certified enneagram practitioner, author, and a spiritual entreprenuer who leads change. Justin has been at Hyde Park United Methodist since 2005. He currently serves as the Minister of downtown spiritual community and Director of The Portico. He was sent with a small group to launch a cutting edge new ministry in the oldest church in downtown Tampa, which became The Portico. It includes a social enterprise (cafe), a historic chapel, spaces to meet and work, an event space for the public that enhances the social, artistic, and spiritual fabric of Tampa.

The Portico Community is a non-conventional church whose mission is to make God’s Love Real through spiritual practices and to serve the city and world in ways that address equality, housing insecurity, and economic challenge. We are a community of Hyde Park United Methodist.

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The Rev. Justin LaRosa

Minister, The Portico