Churches Attract New Members With Beer

I’m what you might call a “heathen.” My parents made me go to church when I was a youngin’ (mostly to appease my grandparents) but after I received Holy Communion my parents let me decide whether or not I wanted to keep going.

Like any rational, selfish, non-god fearing American boy I promptly chose to abstain from the weekly ritual of sitting in a pew and pretending to sing songs that I didn’t know the meanings to in favor of a life where my Sunday mornings could be spent watching cartoons or playing The Legend of Zelda.

It’s not that I’m not religious, but it’s just that the incentive to go was never really there. I can still burn and rot away in eternal damnation even if I do go to church every Sunday, so why couldn’t I just be a decent, moral person from the comfort of my home?

It appears that because so many people must have a similar train of thought, steady church-going and religion is in decline. A radical new effort to reverse this decline seems to be gaining traction.

Various religious sects are beginning to offer beer at Sunday services within various pubs.

Now, it would have meant nothing to me as a kid, but as an adult? You want me to sit around and listen to a guy tell epic stories, sing hymns, and bless my filthy soul while I pound a couple solo cups full of Budweiser? Jesus, I’m on board for that!

Fort Worth, Texas – With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it’s an exploratory approach to do church differently.

Leah Stanfield stands at a microphone across the room from the beer taps and reads this evening’s gospel message……
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