Who says you have to do church in a church ? On the last Sunday of each month, the Parish of St. James & St. Brendan, Port Colborne, hosts "Church On Tap" at Canalside on West Street. Rev. Robert Hurkmans co-ordinates the gathering which includes a short, thought-provoking, video presentation and small group discussions about the presentation. Some attendees are regulars, others occasional participants, some curiosity seekers who have heard about the event.
Billed as an evening of "Faith, Friends and Froth", the Canalside buzzes with chatter and laughter as people, some from other parishes in town, some from no organized church, and a few "out of towners", mingle. The bar is open and offers food and beverage service. On the bar stands a brass cross and two lit candles. Video presentations are projected onto the large screen above the bar and contemporary music, often presented live by talented local musicians, is regularly part of the program.
The service is opens with a prayer, a toast, informal introductions, an overview of the night's topic and discussion focus, and the video presentation. As for the beverages, don't forget that Jesus was called many names - glutton and drunkard being but two - and that he had been judged because he hung out with the "wrong people" and in the "wrong places".
Church on Tap is not for everyone, but then again, it isn't meant for everyone. It is a fresh way of doing church for our Anglican parish, as well as an opportunity to reach out to those in our community who have a longing for God but not for the organized church. It is more for people who enjoy discussing their faith and beliefs in a more relaxed setting with a beverage in hand, and all that is required is a loving heart and an interest in sharing one's faith and listening non-judgmentally to the expressions of faith of others.
January 31st, February 28th, March 20th, April 24th, May 29th, June 26th 2016 - join us at 8 p.m.