It is not uncommon to see a disused church turned into bars and cafes but now a bar and cafe has become a church. The Protestant Albany Shore Vineyard Churches began holding Sunday services in a Sports Bar. The Albany’s sports bar church hopes the move will help people reconnect with religion in a relaxed place.
The congregation can have a beer during the service, and pizza and fries would be provided.
Shore Vineyards youth pastor Calvin Culverwell says the Albany Sports Bar and Café venue is an ideal place to “intersect” popular culture and church culture.
Culverwell says many people who believe in God or are seeking God aren’t comfortable going to an existing church.
“We like to sit down, we like to eat together, we like to have great conversations. That’s a human thing but it’s a Kiwi thing as well,” Culverwell said.
“When I look through the Bible I see Jesus is someone who valued those things as well. So to me it seems it almost goes hand-in-hand.”
The 24-year-old Albany resident will take on the role of pastor for the new church – something he’s been keen to do for his community.
News category: New Zealand.