Wheaton's Gary UMC offers April 16 class on religion in ancient Rome

Hollywood has given us a clear picture of what life was like for Christians living in pagan ancient Rome. But is that picture really accurate?

In Gary United Methodist Church's "Religion in Ancient Rome and the Problem with Christians," you'll learn what religion was like in ancient Rome before Christianity.

Was paganism that far removed from this new so-called Christianity? Was a collision with established Roman society inevitable? What did the Romans really think about the Christians?

These are some of the issues that will be addressed in this presentation on Sunday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in the Gary UMC chapel, 224 N. Main St.

Worship is at 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays in the sanctuary. The 9 a.m. service is complete with Kids' Church and nursery care, plus livestreaming and recorded worship at

The 11 a.m. Service of Word & Sacrament is an intimate and informal service. At 10 a.m., you can enjoy a coffee hour called "Special Blend" and Sunday school for all ages. With deep roots in the community since 1853, Gary Church has vibrant music, kids, youth and adult ministries, plus opportunities for local, national and global missions. For more information, go to or contact the church office at

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