House Church Talk - Jesus in the workplace or the pub
darlene j dowling
darlenej at comcast.net
Fri Nov 7 14:41:41 EST 2003
The Pub Church is right where Christ would be. What a GREAT idea!!!!
Praise the Lord!!!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Anderson" <david at housechurch.org>
To: "House Church Talk" <House Church Talk at housechurch.org>
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 12:33 PM
Subject: House Church Talk - Jesus in the workplace or the pub
> Grace and peace to your house,
> We had a casual meeting today at our place of employment with a total of
> three in attendance. The other two come 30 minutes prior to start time.
> We mined the treasures of Jesus together, prayed, and got recharged.
> I hope God will add to our number.
> Don't overlook the opportunities to meet in the unexpected places. If you
> are an employer, you could even suggest a fellowship meeting and offer an
> unused room.
> 2 or 3 gathered, right?
> WALES: Bread, fish, beer - Life in a Pub Church
> Bar None is a church in a pub in Cardiff, Wales. Chris Coffey, one of the
> founders, says "The employees like working in the cellar which we rent
> every week. They enjoy the atmosphere, take part in the discussions, and
> sometimes ask for prayer. I think that is an indication. When the
> employees who have to work during a Christian event don't stand around,
> tensely waiting for the end, hating every minute, that's a good sign..."
> Bar None began with three friends who met at a Christian festival and
> discussed ideas of how to be church in an unchurchlike manner. They came
> up with the idea of a pub church. A group of Cardiff Christians decided
> to check out the city's pubs, to find out if any were open for the idea
> of being a pub church on Sunday. They expected rejection, but were
> astonished that most were excited by the idea. They finally settled on
> 'The Oz Bar' in the city centre.
> Newspapers and Bibles In the first meetings, they laid Bibles and
> newspapers on some of the tables, held discussions and sometimes a
> 10-minute talk, a songwriter presented a song, and discussed the meaning.
> "The best evenings were often the ones which we did not plan," says
> Chris. "Someone would ask 'Why do you believe what you believe?' and
> things would go from there. To start with, we had around 100 people each
> evening, including many curious Christians from local churches. We now
> have thirty to forty regular visitors, many of whom do not attend a
> 'normal' church because they think they would not fit in. Bar None is one
> of four fellowships belonging to the Glenwood Church. It is important for
> people to recognise that they are not in a waiting line for a 'real
> church', but that this is 'real church'! And one of the most important
> things that we have learned is that we do not need to have an answer to
> every question, and do not need to justify everything that we do," he
> Source: http://www.pubchurch.com
> David Anderson
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