Home Church: Backyard Baptism to Potluck Bible Study

Rachel Gimber hadn't been a churchgoer in years, but the small congregation she discovered nine months ago in West Chester instantly felt like home.

The Meeting House church had no imposing stone façade, no vaulted ceiling or stained glass windows, no sign of denomination. It was simply what its name conveyed: a group of believers meeting in a house.

“Sometimes when I walked into a church and didn't know anybody or feel a connection, I almost felt judged,” said Gimber, 27, a financial portfolio manager from Collegeville, who grew up Catholic. “But in Meeting House, it's a family setting, and they met me where I was.”

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