VA Church Has Nude Worship Services

A church in Virginia has decided to encourage its congregation to come to church butt nekkid. And you’re gonna love the reasoning behind it: Because Jesus was born naked. Of course, everyone was born naked. Gee, do you think maybe you’re just making shit up?

If you’re bored with regular church service and feel like your relationship with Christ could use more middle-aged naked people, we have some good news: A church in Virginia has decided to encourage nude prayer.

Pastor Allen Parker allowed nude worship at White Tail Chapel in Ivor, Virginia after deciding that the clothing requirements at other churches were “pretentious.” There’s also the fact that a certain Savior was born and killed while nude.

‘When he [Jesus] was born he was naked, when he was crucified he was naked and when he arose he left his clothes in the tomb and he was naked,” he told CBS 12. “If God made us that way, how can that be wrong.”

Parker also said nude worship about being vulnerable and “baring his soul to Christ and leading his flock down that path of righteousness, no matter what they’re wearing.”

It’s called the White Tail Chapel. Seriously.

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  • howardhershey

    Bet it can be a bit hard-on [pun intended] the teenage boys in the pews.

  • Johnny Vector

    Nude square-dancing at Rehoboth Beach I can understand. Nude church services is just weird.

  • matty1

    If you saw the video I don’t think even teenage boys would, um, get a rise, out of what’s shown.

    More seriously if this makes a tiny dent in the absurd “bodies are sinful and must be hid” attitudes that are so common, and which Christianity helps perpetuate in many cases, then good luck to them.

  • Moggie

    If nakedness is correlated with crucifixion, I think it’s best avoided.

  • Ellie

    I think it’s an amusing story and admit to making a few comments and jokes about it, but what appears to be left out of most of the articles I’ve read is that it is either in or very near the White Tail Resort (A Virginia Family Nudist Resort).

  • robertbaden

    It is at a nudist resort.

  • joelperkin

    And if a nonchristian group did this, it would be reviled as corrupting children and promoting sex and moves would be made to outlaw it.

    I also can’t get past the obvious “Jesus getting nailed while naked” joke.

  • lordshipmayhem

    I’m not sure if this is the same one, but a naturist church has been in the area for at least 30 years. Christian naturism is not exactly a new phenomenon. It dates back to the earliest years of the naturist movement, over 120 years ago.

    I know a lot of Christian naturists. They tend to be very devout. There’s a bible study group at the naturist resort I belong to.

    I also happen to know, personally (in meat-space, that is), more openly atheist naturists than I do of any other combination of “atheist (fill in the blank)”, including “atheist anime otaku” – which when you consider I’ve been an otaku for over 20 years, and otaku come from the least religious sector of society – the youth – is saying something.

  • Scr… Archivist

    Maybe they’re an offshoot of the Church of the Papal Mainframe.

  • Randomfactor

    As someone noted, it’s inside a nudist resort.

    OTOH, the disciples weren’t averse to worshiping sky-clad, apparently. There was that naked dude at Gethsemane.

  • matty1

    The naked dude at Gethsemane is one of the odder bits of the Gospels which is saying something. I can only think there was some story there that got unevenly edited out.

  • Phillip IV

    Not actually a completely new idea, it has cropped up several times in the history of Christianity (for example in the 2nd, 15th and 16th century CE) – naturally, most of the time it was quickly and brutally repressed.

    The groups involved are often uniformly referred to as “Adamites”, although they were actually distinct and arrived at the practice from quite different theological angles. While some of the groups also practiced “free love”, others rejected clothing during church services only because they saw it as materialistic and improper adornment of their bodies – i.e. a lack of humility before their god. Of course, the only thing that mainstream Christianity could see was “Ick, nekkid people!” – seems the reaction is still the same, in fact, although the consequences will hopefully not be as bloody this time around.

  • d.c.wilson

    Does this mean they reject the doctrine of orignal sin? Because after all, the first thing to happen to Adam and Eve after eating the fruit was that they felt shame for being naked.

  • Richard Smith

    All those naked butts sitting on the benches for long services… Talk about “pew”…

  • Chiroptera

    I really advise against this. I tried to start naked math classes. Fortunately, the plea bargain allows me to continue teaching, but it was a close thing.

  • NitricAcid

    Chiroptera- you’re lucky it wasn’t chemistry. Certain spills can be quite painful.

  • davem

    Hmmm, it would give a different meaning to ‘turn the other cheek’;..


  • democommie

    I’m betting that the shepherd of that flock isn’t using oneathese:

    This information could be a get-outta-jail-free card for the guys who like to drive around nekkid.

    “Where the hell are you going, undressed like that, you pervert!?”

    “I’m on my way to church, officer!”.

    “I also can’t get past the obvious “Jesus getting nailed while naked” joke.”

    Was he hung or crucified? Both.

  • Judas

    Sacrilege! If god had wanted us to be naked we would have been born that way!


  • leonardschneider

    Yes, well, we all come into this world naked, screaming, and covered in someone else’s blood.

    So why does the fun have to end there?