In the summer of 1993, Haven Evangelical Lutheran Church, on Haven Road in Hagerstown, took a bold step and decided that if people wanted to be outdoors in the summer months, the church would offer worship services outdoors.
Haven's Worship on the Lawn became one of Hagerstown's first alternative and casual-style worship services where people could bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to hear the weekly message.
This summer begins 15 years of Haven continuing this tradition of praising God in the outdoors.
"It's a wonderful way to worship. You get to relax in God's natural world and be spiritually fed with an exciting worship experience," said Haven member Pam O'Connor.
Roland Hobbs, pastor of Haven at the time the new worship concept began, said it was an effort to make worship more accessible and to reach out to the unchurched community.