Church Plans to Open a Brewery to Drink During Service
SANTA CRUZ, CA — August 15, 2018
A church in California plans to open a brewery and serve beer to people during service.
In addition, the Greater Purpose Community Church in Santa Cruz sold its old building and now meets at a “food lounge” with “plenty of beer taps.”
"There's nothing in the Bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” says Pastor Chris VanHall.
VanHall is currently converting an old bookstore into a brewery where they can hold services.
"30% to 60% of our profit will go to charities such as Planned Parenthood, the Homeless Garden Project, the Diversity Center, and Save Our Shores. During the week, we'll serve Southern-style comfort food with vegan and vegetarian offers. On Sunday, we'll host a church service before opening up to the public. Like our church, the restaurant will be open to be people of all faiths/no faith, gender, sexual, and ethnic-racial identities," says the church's website.
The Pastor added that he believes everyone drinks responsibly and on the grounds of the church there won't be any excesses. He also said that more people are joining because the church provides an atmosphere where “people cannot only listen to a progressive take on theology but can also engage in conversation.”
It is known also that craft breweries like Reformation Brewing in Woodstock, Ga., and Black Cloister Brewery in Toledo, Ohio have been founded by former pastors.