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Gimme a Shot of Jesus: Belly Up to the Bar With Your Bible?

If you're on your couch right now recovering from last night and wondering whether you should hit church or give your thanks over a Sunday brunch Bloody Mary instead, your prayers have been answered. The Phyrst Church in State College, PA, part of Penn State’s Christian Student Fellowship, is taking their message to the Phyrst Bar to preach the word. That's right. Church in a bar.

“We’re taking it to them, just like Jesus did in his time,” said Buzz Roberts, a minister with CSF. Seconding this is a Penn State student: “It’s about hearing a message and getting to congregate.” The relationship between God and alcohol didn’t start out on calm seas, however. The CSF contacted several area bars and few were keen to allow religious services to be held inside their establishments, until they reached the Phyrst Bar. “All I wanted was an hour on Sunday nights to share the word and they were cool with it,” said Pastor Kingshipp, also of the CSF.

The services are relaxed, offering a sermon, singing, and even a shot of Stoli. So far nearly 50 students and locals attend, and the church hopes the good times will continue to roll. What do you think? Is this a perfect shake-up of fellowship and the word, or does it stir you up?


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Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
True that. I'm a talkative drunk. I like having those kinds of discussions after a couple of shots.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Jude - I think it depends on the type of drunk the person is. I've had a lot of philosophical discussions while walking home from the bars in college. I did learn that there are some people who you don't talk to, even if you are helping them home...
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I think the group is targeting their audience for their missonary work....and I think it's a little genius. I'm not religious so I would probably not be frequenting the bar, but for others this may be great. I just wonder if the precher etc will be giving people rides home so they don't get a DUI that would be the Christian thing wouldn't it? ahahah
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Hmmm. I can't picture a room full of drunk people being particularly amenable to religious services, but maybe the tipsiness factor would actually work in the minister's favor?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Where could I get that spigot? I'd make millions if I could do that.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
GS I LOVE that picture!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Some examples from the bible they should read before hand! *wine is a mocker and beer a brawler, whoever is led astray by them is not wise *Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly, in the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper... *woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks *woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks. *do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the spirit
geebers geebers 8 years
Actually this is a great idea.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
That reminds me of a funny Bill Maher clip I saw the other day... "Now, ever since Sarah Palin came along this election has been falsely framed as a contest between salt-of-the-earth, small town, maverick-westerners and snooty, eastern-elites. You know, there's people who go to church on Sunday, then there's people who go to [gasp] brunch." It was super funny. He goes on to talk about the false dichotomy of the elite East and the down home West. Full clip is here iffen ya want it:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't know how I feel about this. I agree that we need to reach out to college students, but I feel this is just making it too easy. Do we serve communion during happy hour?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Jesus did turn water into wine!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I think this is a great idea.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Hey, there's nothing in the Bible that says you can't have alcohol. Maybe it will change the world for the better...
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