5449 Ballard Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107
What makes a healthy spiritual community? What are the areas of focus and needs a church should aspire to meet for its community? We are looking at different elements within our cultural context that meet different needs, how the Church can meet those same needs and asking how good of a job (or maybe not so good) we do.
We recently discussed church as the sports arena — a place where you find belonging and can experience both celebration and sadness corporately.
Next we’re discussing the church as the museum. What purpose do our museums fulfill for us? Why do we need them? What can we learn from them? How do those same questions apply to church?
As you likely are aware – a truly alarming amount of animals have been lost to the tragic bushfires of Australia. Whenever something as massive and catastrophic like this happens it can leave us feeling helpless.
Being paralyzed to inaction isn’t helpful so we thought we ought to DO SOMETHING. So we are coming together to fundraise for an organization called WIRES that’s on the ground saving and caring for the animals who survived.
$30.00 ticket donation gets you:
-Three drink tickets (more available for purchase for you extra generous).
ALL proceeds from wine, beer, appetizers, silent auction and raffle will be donated to WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Resources). Let’s DO SOMETHING together.
Are people are against the idea OF organized religion or maybe more against what organized religion is often organized FOR?
We’ll be discussing the major areas we believe the Church is meant to be organized FOR. This week — The Church As The Sports Arena. Discussing what we mean by that and the roles —good and bad — it can play.
We think that maybe people are less against the idea OF organized religion and maybe more against what organized religion is often organized FOR — we totally get that…and we agree. We’ll be spending Sunday discussing the major areas we believe the Church is meant to be organized FOR and discussing how we plan to execute it at Bar Church! We’d love to have you participate!
If Jesus decided to stick around and start a church — what would it look like?
Jesus spent roughly half his time meeting people where they were at (primarily telling stories — about 40 of them). He created environments where people could learn more about what it means to be human, ask questions, argue, doubt, celebrate, and mourn.
He spent the other half of his time actually, physically, litertally helping people primarily performing miracles — about 40 of them. He seemed just as concerned about helping people in their present as he did about their future. We figure if it’s good enough for the man Himself, it’s probably a decent model.
We meet in a bar because bars don’t suck. Bars are already where important conversations are happening. It’s where we talk through things we don't understand. Bars are our confessionals. Where strangers become friends. Where people celebrate, relax, laugh, argue, process and grieve. Isn’t this what a church should be?
We talk about real shit — priorities, busyness, stress, anxiety, our phones that we can’t put down. We talk about shit that’s uncomfortable — politics, race, sex, death, violence. Not because it’s fun but because we’re committed to confronting reality.
Sundays are a church’s most valuable asset. We committed from day one that we would use much of our Sundays to be generous with both our time and money. We are far more interested in making a big impact than being a big church. With that in mind, we dedicate around half of our Sundays to tangibly making the world better by either:
01 — Action
Doing something beneficial for the world together (making lunches for the homeless, gathering household items for charities, clothing drives for foster kids).
02 — Education
Inviting non-profit leaders and experts to share what they do and educate us on HOW to best help (investing in vulnerable youth, how to support refugees)
We don’t think you need to believe all the same things to belong at Bar Church. We’re fine with people seeing things differently. In fact, we prefer it.
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We meet the first two Sundays every month.
10 — 11:00am
5449 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107