Sure, a church in a pub sounds like a great idea, but how does it work?
Scroll through these photos to get a sense of what it is like to worship in a pub.
Chimera Brewing Company is at the corner of Magnolia Ave and College Ave. It is a dark brick building and its entrance faces the intersection itself.
Order beer, pizza, and sandwiches at the register straight ahead from the front doors. More often than not, the bartenders names are Bri, Jamie, and Cub.
The taps at Chimera change often. Check the menu for up to date offerings. The beers at the top of the list are brewed by the folks at Chimera, the beers at the bottom of the list are from other breweries.
Kyrie does not reserve any space for our services at Chimera. Though we generally take up the front section, between the bar and the windows.
Sitting with friends is fine, but sitting with others is encouraged.
Don’t worry about missing the game or any other breaking news. Chimera has TVs and we leave them on through worship.
Wherever you sit, its best if you can see this microphone.
There are many weeks when we have a number of children present. Chimera is well lit, smoke-free, and family friendly. Some kids bring an iPad, others will color, and some might play with of the toys provided by Chimera.
Kids stay with the group and will play with the Jenga blocks and other toys that Chimera has. They will often bring their own toys too.
The service starts at 5PM with a brief welcome and explanation of what will be going on. Then the music begins.
Occasionally, art is a part of worship. Experience and expertise are not required. All we ask is that you express yourself and your feelings.
Other times, we use other methods of connecting to our pasts or with each other.
On the Sunday before Christmas, we host a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long at Chimera and end it with a candlelit rendetion of ‘Silent Night.’
At Kyrie, Communion is open to all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, etc… Come partake in the meal when you are ready and willing.
Sometimes, someone wants seconds.
Following communion, we ‘share the peace,’ for quite a while. The musician will play some more songs and those gathered share peace and love with one another.
And at that point, any remaining bread is fair game.