Church at Bar

our business cards are beer coasters initially when the idea of doing church in the bar there were folks who said well that seems like an odd place and we thought you know jesus never said if you need me I’ll be in the temple big round of applause for God a stand-up comedian turned United Methodist pastor Jerry her ships believes that in today’s world you have to meet people where they are her ships newly formed congregation After Hours Denver meets on monday nights at pubs around the Colorado town God’s love and I’ve said it before is like gum on your shoe you cannot get rid of it her ship spent 10 years as a bartender at he knows some might not be comfortable with the idea of church in a bar but he feels it’s a natural fit God knows that when we are at our best that is where the abundant life hangs out a missional church is kind of a different model very much a go into a community find out what the needs of that community are where their pain is and to go and be with them after everything I’ve done God still loves me wesley was always out on the street he was he did prison ministry he believed in not just sitting in the pews he reminder about taking God to the people grace is central as Methodist guideposts the concept has caught on her ships almost always preaches to a full house at the bar church sermons are simple and looking out for others is always the focus we make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during the service and that freaks a lot of people off that’s our call to worship its service within the service and it’s a way for people sort of dip their toe into serving other people bar meetups may happen once or twice a month but the after-hours church is active six days a week you can find members in civic center park taking love to the streets got a couple sound with turkey sandwiches bottled water bigger chips banana peanut butter and jelly sandwich two granola bars I’ve been walking around for three days and I got thrown out of my motel room and and I don’t have a job and trying to find a job and and I’m just thankful that i was at be able to have lunch today Matthew Moore found after hours through an ad in a men’s restroom a lot of people the biggest thing they fear with churches is that it’s all talk and no action and this one is very heavy on you’re out there you’re helping people it kind of draws people in we got communion right here Brian a reminder how much God loves you god bless ya he’s definitely an issue i and i like it because he’s helped us out considerably since a reminder i think with missional church is not always gonna be about homeless you know there may be a neighborhood where for whatever reason there’s a lot of single parents in that neighborhood so you go and find a way to help the single pair missional church and about doing a single thing it’s about finding out what’s the need of a community and addressing that need amber marsh is a lifelong United Methodist her ship spoke at her church and she’s been coming to civic center park ever since I hand out lunches I give people hugs that want hugs let them know that they can have communion if they want it I’ve even I’ve even written a song come to God’s table come big and come small come to God’s people Oh God welcomes us all

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