A California pastor has figured out a way to make church services a lot more interesting: alcohol.
When the Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz was looking for a temporary building, they went with a local food lounge, complete with beer taps. Want a drink during the sermon? Go for it. (And you thought churches were catering to hipsters with coffee shops.)
“There’s nothing in the bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” [Pastor Chris] VanHall said.
The church says it’s going so well that they plan to provide beer at their future permanent home, too. They also plan to include a charitable component to all this:
“I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great if a church could figure out a way to make a product where they split the profits with local community service organizations, we were like ‘hey, we love beer, we love making beer, why not do a brewery?'” said VanHall.
He expects to donate 30 to 60 percent of the profits to charity.
VanHall says there won’t be any deception going on there. They won’t advertise a beer hall and spring the Bible on unsuspecting customers. Instead, they’ll convert an old bookstore into a brewery/church and meet in the food lounge until that new place is ready for business. I don’t know what their specific beliefs are, and I suspect beer isn’t enough of an incentive to attend a church service at all, but the commenters on a Facebook thread certainly seem receptive to the idea.
Finally, God’s spirit(s) will truly be in you.
(Image via Facebook. Thanks to Jim for the link)