“Seed Stories: Part II”

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 lot 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 recognize 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 says.

Source: www.pubchurch.com


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