Local Christian bands heading to the bar?
Recently in the Chippewa Valley area, and beyond, there has been an interesting trend taking place. Lately, there have been Christian based bands hosting after-service concerts in unconventional venues on Sundays after church services. After contemplating how to reach out to those not attending church and seeking an alternative route to move people rather than trying to get people physically into churches, organizers came up with an idea that reached out “to meet the needs of all people” and took their faith a step out of the church to engage others in a different way.
One of the local venues that has allowed for this new style event to take place and be embraced by some is Steve and Kathy’s Bar in Fall Creek. Steve and Kathy’s Bar played host to “Worship at the Bar,” a free event that got its start in February and, after a successful first run, was held once again on the third Sunday in May. Taking place around 11am on Sunday following church services, the event featured Christian rock band and Western Wisconsin natives Breaking Chains, who shares, “Through God’s gifts of music, and our deep desire to worship God for his many blessings, we welcome opportunities to lead contemporary worship services that serve, teach, and inspire worshipers.”
Also leading the spirited worship was Rev. Joanne Sorenson of St. James Trinity Lutheran Church. The planners of these events stress a judgment free environment where people can just talk about God. Although this hasn’t become a permanent happening just yet, keep your ears open for more events like this in the future that offer alternative forms and locations of worship.