ABILENE, Texas (CBS Houston) — Raise a pint to Jesus.
One church in Abilene is taking its sermons to the bar as the Southern Hills Church of Christ will begin holding “Bar Church” later this month.
“The mission of Bar Church is to take the gospel of Jesus to people who are unwilling, as a result of feelings of unworthiness or prior negative experiences with a church, to participate in a traditional church gathering within a traditional church setting,” the church’s website states.
Church leaders believe holding services at a bar “is something Jesus might do.”
“We felt like this was the sort of thing Jesus would be doing, he’d be going to the places where the people were who needed to hear about him,”‘ Van Conwell, a church staff member, told KTAB-TV.
Since church will be held at a bar, there will be no pews or crosses, instead bar stools and beer taps.
“People can bring their blankets, they can sit they can stand they can sit on the floor,” church member Ken Jones told KTAB.
Sermons will be relatively short and alcohol will only be served after the service is over.
“This is what it’s all about. They’ve been told they’re going to hell. They’ve been told it’s all a lie, but they haven’t been told how much Jesus loves them,” Jones told KHOU-TV.
The first service will take place on March 24 at an Abilene bar called Memories.